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Amazing Sugarless Date and Walnut Cake
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Amazing Sugarless Date and Walnut Cake

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Mmmmm. Dates and walnuts. What more could you ask for? This recipe has become a go-to for me. I don't remember where I got this recipe from initially, but these days, I make it a lot. It never fails and is delicious. It can be served hot with custard or cream (vegan of course!) or cold as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea. It has no sugar in it but is lovely and sweet and almost healthy! Trust me and try it!


  • 225g dates
  • 55g walnuts (or pecans)
  • 85g vegan margarine
  • 285ml water
  • 115g raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 225g wholemeal flour (or you can use plain white)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


1. Chop dates and nuts

2. Put the dates, margarine, water and raisins in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and then let boil a couple of minutes

3. Remove from the cooker, stir in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly

4. Turn the mixture into a greased loaf tin

5. Bake at 375/190/gas 5 for about 45 minutes

6. Enjoy


*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Veganara
    Voted. It sounds delicious, and I impressed that it has no sugar! I presume the sweetness comes from the fruit then, particularly the dates? I am going to try it soon. You might be interested in my latest recipe, Winter Warmer Beanchilash, and if you like it, please vote! :-)
    1. fran
      Thank you x
  2. SnakeWitch
    Sounds like a no-fail recipe. Voted! My new post is Why Are Monocultures Bad? Read to know the answer!
    1. Veganara
      LOL, you mean even you could make it without fouling it up Annie?! But you say your Mum is a marvellous baker. So is mine, and I am not as good as her either. I am an okay cook generally, but I could never be a masterchef!
      1. SnakeWitch
        I think I could do this one without fail! It just seems so easy... Maybe I'm speaking too fast!!!
        1. Veganara
          Try it and see. Even if it turns out a complete disaster, you can still blog about it! (A "what not to do" guide!)
          1. SnakeWitch
            It actually turned out fine, so no 'bad way' posts coming around soon! Yay! I may just learn how to do this the right way!
            1. fran
              I am glad it worked !!!
              1. Veganara
                Well, there's a recommendation for you, if EVEN SnakeWitch can do it, and it works, LOL! I am definitely going to try it now then.
    2. fran
      Thank you x
  3. Anita Vegana
    I voted. This is a nice recipe. Please come vote for my article, too: Why Are Illegal Drugs so Harmful For the Environment?
    1. fran
      Thank you
      1. Veganara
        Just to let you know Fran, I baked this cake yesterday, and you are right, it is AWESOME! Very easy to make too. So thanks a lot for this recipe, I can see I will probably be baking it a lot, like you do! I am impressed it tastes so good with no added sugar, and no dairy, no eggs, and wholemeal flour - a "healthy" cake, if ever there was one! Looking forward to your next recipe. :-)
  4. dynamictiger
    Okay, reading this I must either be the worlds worst cook or there is a difference in countries ingredients stuffing me up. I have made this twice, first time on getting out of loaf pan it fell into parts. Second time I increased the water a bit, cooked the dates and walnuts a bit shorter and the mix seemed more doughy. But it still hates me falling apart on tipping out of the loaf pan... Can someone suggest something I am not a bad cook usually but this recipe whilst tasting great is giving me issues.
    1. Jem
      Try leaving it to cool in the tin. Also you could use a paper loaf tin liner. And don’t overbake it - I found 40 mins enough in my slightly fast oven. Hope this helps.
  5. Waynesmith132
    Made 3 of these in 3 weeks. Parents and inlaws love a slice with a little vegan margarine on top. Delicious and super easy.
  6. Jem
    Really lovely, simple and delicious. I used coconut oil and it worked perfectly and the cake was very well received! Thank you.


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