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Date, banana & rum loaf

Date, banana & rum loaf

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A tasty cake with no added fat or sugar - try it to believe it. Plus it's easily made gluten-free

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal310
low infat8g
saturates1g
carbs57g
sugars49g
fibre3g
protein5g
low insalt0.39g
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Ingredients

  • 250g pack stoned, ready-to-eat dates
  • 2 small or 1 large banana (140g/5oz in weight)
  • 100g pecans , 85g/3oz roughly chopped, rest left whole
  • 200g raisins
  • 200g sultanas
  • 100g fine polenta
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp baking powder (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 3 tbsp dark rum
  • 2 egg whites
  • a few banana chips and 1 tsp sugar (optional), to decorate

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with non-stick baking paper, using a little oil to make it stick. Put the dates into a small pan with 200ml boiling water and simmer for 5 mins. Drain the liquid into a jug, then put the dates into a food processor. Add the bananas and 100ml of the date liquid and whizz until smooth. Mix the nuts, dried fruit, polenta, spice and baking powder in a bowl, then add the date purée and rum, and stir until combined.

  • STEP 2

    Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the cake mix. Tip into the tin (it will be quite full), then top with the remaining pecans and the banana chips and sugar, if using. Bake for 1 hr until golden and crusty and a skewer comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into slices.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2008

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