Date and apple loafMoist, light loaf cake that’s surprisingly low in fat. A perfect tea time treat that you can enjoy without feeling guilty! Follow along in our simple step-by-step video recipe
Makes: One loaf – 10 slices
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 1 hr 25 mins
Total time: 1 hr 35 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Mid-price


    • 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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

fat 2.0g saturates 0.5g calories 242(kcal)

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.