Spiced coconut and date loaf

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One of the joys (and frustrations) about baking is experimenting with flavours to try and make that new favourite. You either get a roaring success or a dismal failure that ends up in the bin. Thankfully I’ve not had too many failures….although my husband might disagree! Ingredients are expensive and it feels like such a waste of time with no return.

I often see recipes posted by others and save them in my Paprika recipe app with the intention of going back and making them one day. See my previous post on menu planning for more info about the wonders of Paprika.

Anyway, one Sunday morning I was scrolling through my ‘cakes’ folder in Paprika as we had run out yet again of snacks. I dread to think what it will be like when I have two children that eat solid foods. I’ll be baking twice a day!

Monday was shopping day so I didn’t really have much in the way of fresh fruit which is my usual preference for sweeteners in baking. I had saved a coconut and date loaf recipe from Twins and Blog. I had all the ingredients! And it was quick to make because I really loathe recipes with more than a few preparation steps.

As I was getting them out I thought I might jazz it up a bit and make some slight variations.

So here it is! I used my own gluten free self raising flour mix which you can find here. I also use rapadura sugar in place of coconut sugar because rapadura is self sustaining. It grows, we juice it and it doesn’t affect the growth of another component¬†of the plant. Conversely,¬†the nectar taken from the flower of the coconut tree to make coconut sugar affects the growth of the fruit which is the actual coconut itself. You could even try leaving out this extra sugar as the dates are usually more than enough to provide that sweet taste.

The added aromatic spiced flavours also really make the house smell like it’s Christmas.

Happy baking!

 

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Spiced coconut and date loaf
A delicious loaf thats quick to make and pefect for those unexpected guests
Course Sweet treats
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Sweet treats
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
  2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper
  3. Add all ingredients to the thermomix bowl. Mix for 10 seconds on speed 5
  4. Pour into prepared loaf pan and spread out evenly
  5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until skewer comes out clean
  6. Allow to cool on baking rack for 5 minutes prior to cutting and serving
Recipe Notes

If you don't have gluten free self rasing flour, then normal self raising flour will work just as well. If you are looking for a gluten free self raising flour mix, check out my recipe which works well in all types of cakes, loaves and muffins.

You can make this recipe dairy free by using another type of milk such as coconut or almond.

And why not make this a little more festive at Christmas time by swirling through some cacao nibs prior to baking for that hint of chocolate.

Thanks to Twins and a Blog for the original recipe which I've spiced up!

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