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 🙂

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Easy Date Loaf Recipe
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Quick and easy one pan recipe that is also budget friendly.
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • ¾ cup sugar (see notes)
  • 60g (3 tablespoons) butter
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1½ cups self raising flour
  1. Preheat oven to 160C (320F). Grease and line a loaf tin (or use one of these)
  2. Put dates, sugar, butter and bicarbonate of soda into a saucepan. Pour over boiling water.
  3. Heat mixture to a boil and let it boil for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Allow to cool for a bit then add the flour. Mix flour in until just combined.
  5. Pour into lined loaf tin.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean.
  7. Serve warm or allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
The Klutzy Cook Notes
- 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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