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


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.



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



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.



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


Add oil and mix.

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



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


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.



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: