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Healthy No Sugar, No Butter Banana and Date Cake

I love baking! A lot. But I also like to eat healthy so sometimes I am in a dilemma because as much as I like baking pies, pastries, cakes and such, the healthy side of me chides me. So I compromise and have been experimenting on ways to bake healthier. 

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I mostly research on the net for healthy substitutes for butter and sugar and then experiment in the kitchen to come up tasty treats that are good for the waist line. So, the other day I made a No Sugar, No Butter Banana and Date Cake . It only has 8 ingredients. The natural sugars from the fruit replaces the sugar and while I could use an egg replacer which i normally do, I decided to use an egg. 

no sugar no butter banana cake recipe

12/100gm pitted dates

4 ripe bananas

 100gm raisins

150gm wholemeal flour

1 heaped teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons mixed spice

100ml sunflower oil

1 egg

vanilla essence (optional)

1) add the bananas, dates, raisins, sunflower oil, mixed spice and vanilla essence in a food processor and blend until smooth. It will become a thick creamy paste. 

2) Put it into a large bowl and stir in the beaten egg, wholemeal flour and baking powder

3) Pour the mixture into a large (900ml) lightly oiled loaf tin and sprinkle the top with sunflower seeds. 

4) Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degree Celsius for 15min. Place some foil on the top and bake further for 30-40 min

no sugar no butter cake

The result? A nice dense cake rich in banana flavor complemented with the sweetness of the dates and raisins. It’s not your typical super sweet cake but if you are into healthy treats, this will do it for you.

healthy banana cake

Perfect snack for mid day. Drink with tea or coffee. 

healthy sugar free banana cake

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Egg free, butter Free yogurt muffins

Fruit Bites for your sweet tooth

Do give me your feedback if you try any of these recipes or share an awesome recipe of your own. Unfortunately, my oven died on me so I will not be baking for a while till I get a new one. Will most probably do some healthy cooking instead. 


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11 thoughts on “Healthy No Sugar, No Butter Banana and Date Cake”

  1. mydearbakes says:

    I got so hungry after reading your post! ^_^

  2. Can this be made into cupcakes/muffins?

    1. Sheryl Goh says:

      Haven’t really tried though, but it is quite dense so won’t raise as a normal cupcake would.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You might want to add “add the egg” during step one or two, I forgot to put it in as it wasn’t in one of the steps…

    1. Sheryl Goh says:

      thanks so much for pointing it out! Edited. Sorry for any inconvenience if the result turned out bleah! 🙁

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just had a go at this, managed to forget the flour but surprising it still turned out great!! Very tasty, will definately be trying again! Thanks for the recipe, it was great to find a healthy alternative with all the ingredients I have in my cupboard!

    1. Sheryl Goh says:

      Hi there, thanks for your encouragement. Glad you liked the recipe. 🙂

  5. Ibrahim sery says:

    How do u suppose I can make this raise more like cupcakes would?

    1. Sheryl Goh says:

      Hmm, its quite dense so prob won’t raise as a normal cupcake. You need a raising agent like bicarb soda or baking powder but then the ration of the flour to the dates would have to change as well. Hope that helps.

  6. lyn says:

    Sounds great. No need for sugar. Bananas and dates are sweet enough. Looking forward to trying this cake.

  7. whilhemena says:

    had a great result – really easy and delicious. Do you know how many calories are in it?

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