Healthy Date Loaf
1 1/2 cups dates, chopped
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (or a little less depending on how sweet your tooth is)
1/3 cup rice bran oil
1 cup boiling water
1 3/4 cups plain flour (spelt, wholemeal, your flour of choice)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Grease a loaf tin and line with baking paper.
Place chopped dates, honey or maple syrup and rice bran oil in a large baking bowl.
Pour in the boiling water and give it a good stir until everything is incorporated.
Add sifted flour & baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, vanilla and mix well.
Pour into the tin and bake for 45 minutes.
Note: you can also add 1 cup chopped walnuts to the recipe for a Date and Walnut Loaf.
If you have any bananas that are overripe cut one in half lengthways, place on top of the loaf, cut side up pressed slightly into the mixture and bake as per above.