Date Cake..butterless, eggless, sugar less

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They say there is no such a thing as a free lunch, and there is no such thing as a healthy dessert. If it tastes good, it can not be good for you. So when I found out that this yummy cake that my mom has been making  is  so healthy, I was very surprised. With this cake you can have your cake and not feel guilty. It is a favorite of all my siblings and anytime I have made it, it disappears in minutes

Date Cake

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This cake is butter-less, egg-less, sugar less, made from whole grain and the best part is it tastes yummy. This makes an ideal afterschool snack, lunch box treat or guilt free dessert. You can also make it vegan.

 

Ingredients:

18-20 dates 
1- 1 1/4 cup milk( you need a little more if you use whole wheat flour)
4-5 tbsp sugar( optional, I do not add any sugar  since the dates here are sweet)
1 cup whole wheat flour ( or APF)
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp walnuts(or more if you are crazy about walnuts like me)

4-5 dates  chopped

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Method:
Soak the dates(save 2-3 to be chopped &added to the batter) in warm milk (3-4 hours is enough for the dates we get here) Remove the seeds if not using seedless.

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Blend them to a smooth paste along with the milk in which it is soaked in.

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Add oil and mix.


Sieve together flour and baking soda. Add the flour one table spoon at a time and mix slowly.

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Taste and if needed add sugar. Add the nuts, chopped dates and mix.


Preheat the oven at 350F. Bake the cake in a greased oven dish for 35-40min

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Notes:
You can make this vegan by substituting the milk with almond milk or soy milk.
If you feel like indulging, add a few chocolate chips.

Also, if you use  1/2 whole wheat & 1/2 unbleached flour, you can leave out the baking powder.

 

Variation:

Apricot-almond cake

Apricot cake

I love making a similar cake with Apricots & Almonds. It has a much more delicate flavor and goes well as a desert with a dollop of whipped cream

Aysegul from Turkey tried this recipe and was sweet enough to share her photo, here it is:

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27 responses »

  1. Hey Anagha —

    Thank you for this awesome and easy and heavenly delicious recipe. My son who is not a cake lover loved eating it and it is so healthy can definitely enjoy some dessert guilt free 😊
    Many many thanks 😄 you rock !

    –Manisha (ardent fan)

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    • That is awesome Manisha…so glad to know that the recipe worked for you and your son enjoyed it. Do try the other variation, ‘Apricot-Almond’. I am sure you will enjoy its flavor & delicate taste.

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  2. Hi Anagha
    This cake turned out to be absolutely delicious. Very moist and at the same time crunchy with the chopped dates and walnuts. I even made cupcakes out of them for a meetup and was a big hit.
    Here is the link to the cupcake pic

    Thanks
    Anita

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  3. Hi Anagha,

    Tried the cake today, is tasting delish! Just did a little variation to make it kids friendly, added organic cholocate chunks. No sugar though! Thanks a lot for this amazing recipe.

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    • Sorry for the delayed reply. Yes you can, you will get more chunks of dates in the cake and the color will be a little lighter. Typically if the dates are well soaked, you get a richer brown color.

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  5. Hi Anagha.. The cake looks lovely. I am very new at baking and found this easy and healthy. Just a query the ingredients say 1/2 tsp baking powder. Did u add it? In the method it just says seive flour and baking soda. Looking forward to your reply.. Have soaked the dates. Making this for our anniversary.. 🙂

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    • Hi Amruta, thank you. I will correct the recipe. If you use whole wheat flour, you should use baking powder in addition to the baking soda. But if you use Maida you dont need baking powder and just use baking soda. Thank you for trying and Happy Anniversary to you and your husband.

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  6. Hey,

    Thank you so much for your recipe. It was so delicious and moist also guilt-free 😀
    Here is the link to my cake’s photo. http://hizliresim.com/y45G9k
    I added almonds also and they were pretty good together 🙂
    It was a great recipe for my taste.

    Love from Istanbul,

    Aysegul

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    • Thank you so much for trying and glad you liked it. I will add your image to the post as well. Would love to learn some turkish delicacies from you, so please share when you can.

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      • Thank you so much for the reply and also for adding my image to your post.
        It’s so kind of you 🙂
        Sure, What kind of recipes you would like to know about ?
        I would be happy to share 🙂

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  7. This is a really tasty cake. I made the sugar-free/ wholewheat version for a friends birthday and added slices of banana on the top and dusted with cocoa. It was very popular. Thank you for the recipe.

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