Date and apple loaf

(64 ratings)
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  • Makes: One loaf - 10 slices

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    Includes cooling time after cooking
  • Costs: Mid-price

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Freezable

This date and apple loaf is a moist, light loaf cake that's surprisingly low in fat. A perfect tea time treat that you can enjoy without feeling guilty! The dates and apple sauce replace a lot of the processed sugar so there's only 100g soft light brown sugar and there's no butter in this cake either which means there's only 0.5g saturated fat per portion. This is a great cake if you're trying to avoid sweet treats but want to treat yourself! Follow along in our simple step-by-step video recipe.


  • 300g (10oz) self-raising flour
  • 250g packet pitted dates, chopped
  • 100g (3½oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 1 level tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 270-285g jar apple sauce
  • 2 medium eggs

1kg (2lb) loaf tin, either a silicone tin, or a standard tin buttered and lined with a sheet of baking parchment


  1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 3 or 160°C. Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the dates, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add the apple sauce and eggs to the bowl and 5 tablespoons water. Stir to combine. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and level the surface.
  2. Bake the loaf in the centre of the oven for about 1-1¼ hours, or until the loaf feels firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the loaf.
  3. Remove from the oven and leave it to cool in the tin for about 5-10 minutes, then turn it out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Place the cooled cake in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow the cake to defrost overnight before serving.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 242(kcal)
  • Fat 2.0g
  • Saturates 0.5g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Can you put it in a dish not a loaf tin ?

Gayle Heinze

A really fantastic loaf I couldnt fault it

Gillian Ansaldo

I made this exactly as written and couldn't be more pleased with the result. I am going to make it again tomorrow and add some chopped walnuts and a ground nutmeg. This will become a regular item for baking for the grandchildren!


This is the first cake I have baked in about 4 years, at first I was unsure whether it raise or cook thoroughly. However I needn't have worried as it turned out beautifully, a really moist tasty cake with fewer calories than most. The only thing I changed was the 2 medium eggs for large and added a little more water than was specified (a given when cooking with flour because it can absorb differently on different days). Would definately recommend this recipe to others and I'll be cooking again too :O)

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