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Chocolate Date Cake

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“Dates are an amazing sweeter - these delicious chewy snacks are packed with health benefits too.  This is the sister recipe to the double chocolate banana bread. The bread turns out perfectly moist and sweet.”

Difficulty

Easy 👌
15
min.
Preparation
55
min.
Baking
60
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-12+
2 cups water (hot)
2 cups pitted dates
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup butter
1¾ cups flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
¼ cup honey
eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chip (optional)
  • Step 1/9

    Set oven to 170°C

    Set oven to 170°C

  • Step 2/9

    Boil the water. In a bowl, pour boiling water and 1 tsp baking soda over dates and set aside for one hour.
    • 2 cups water (hot)
    • 2 cups pitted dates
    • 1 tsp baking soda

    Boil the water. In a bowl, pour boiling water and 1 tsp baking soda over dates and set aside for one hour.

  • Step 3/9

    • 1¾ cups flour
    • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda

    In a separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa, 1 tsp baking soda, and salt

  • Step 4/9

    • ½ cup butter
    • ¼ cup honey

    Using an electric mixer cream the butter and honey

  • Step 5/9

    • eggs
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract

    Scrape down sides and add eggs, one at a time. Once fully combined add in the vanilla extract

  • Step 6/9

    Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients mixture

  • Step 7/9

    To add the dates, transfer to a blender and blend them till they turn into a paste. You can also use a handheld blender and blend them straight in the bowl - I don’t blend them the whole way, so it leaves some chunks in the bread. Fold in the date paste into the mixture and chocolate chips (if using)
    • 1 cup chocolate chip (optional)

    To add the dates, transfer to a blender and blend them till they turn into a paste. You can also use a handheld blender and blend them straight in the bowl - I don’t blend them the whole way, so it leaves some chunks in the bread. Fold in the date paste into the mixture and chocolate chips (if using)

  • Step 8/9

    Pour into bread loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, check the cake around 50-55 minutes since ovens may vary. When checking the bread with a toothpick, keep in mind the batter is full of chocolate chips in case you get a lot of chocolate on the toothpick. Remove bread when the toothpick comes out clean.

    Pour into bread loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, check the cake around 50-55 minutes since ovens may vary. When checking the bread with a toothpick, keep in mind the batter is full of chocolate chips in case you get a lot of chocolate on the toothpick. Remove bread when the toothpick comes out clean.

  • Step 9/9

    Allow to cool on a wire rack or 15-20 minutes before removing from the pan. Enjoy when cooled.

    Allow to cool on a wire rack or 15-20 minutes before removing from the pan. Enjoy when cooled.

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