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Easy Date Loaf Recipe

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One bowl (or rather saucepan) is all you need for this quick and easy loaf.
Easy Date Loaf Recipe

This date loaf recipe ticks 3 major boxes for me – fast, easy and tasty. The first time I made it was when I needed something new for the school lunch boxes. The recipe came from Nanna’s vault and it was a winner straight away both for me and the kids. I love it with a spread of butter on top alongside my morning coffee (see above :))

It’s easy to make because you only need one pan and a baking tin. Everything gets thrown in, add a bit of heat, follow up with a quick stir and into the oven. If your dates are already chopped, it takes only 5 minutes.  You can’t get much quicker than that.

Another box the recipe ticks is budget friendly.  With no eggs and only a small dose of butter, it’s super cheap.   I used dried pitted dates and chopped them into chunks.  Scissors make a ‘sticky’ job like this a lot easier.  You could easily substitute other dried fruits if you prefer.  Enjoy 🙂

Easy Date Loaf Recipe

Quick and easy one pan recipe that is also budget friendly.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Baking
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: The Klutzy Cook


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar see notes
  • 60 g 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour


  • Preheat oven to 160C (320F). Grease and line a loaf tin (or use one of these)
  • Put dates, sugar, butter and bicarbonate of soda into a saucepan. Pour over boiling water.
  • Heat mixture to a boil and let it boil for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Allow to cool for a bit then add the flour. Mix flour in until just combined.
  • Pour into lined loaf tin.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean.
  • Serve warm or allow to cool and store in an airtight container.


- I used rapadura sugar which is why my loaf looks so dark. You can use any sugar but brown or raw would be best.
- Super Subs: other dried fruits you could try are sultanas, cranberries, apricots...anything really.
- A handful of nuts could easily be added to the recipe for a bit of crunch. Walnuts would be great with the dates.

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