Like most children, my duo love to have a special snack in their lunchbox each day. With one child who has issues with preservatives and additives and a mummy who refuses to spend money on expensive packaged and processed snacks, our special treat is homemade.
When you bake, traditionally recipes call for a significant amount of refined sugar to sweeten the recipe and make it more appealing. In some cases you cannot avoid the use of refined sugar but in more dense and savoury style cakes, muffins and slices you can omit sugar by using some alternatives which are a healthier option.
Dates are a bit of a hidden gem in baking as not only are they sweet they have great health benefits such as being high in fiber and a rich antioxidant.
The other way to sweeten cakes is the use of natural honey. We buy honey from a local beekeeper and not only does it taste amazing it also has wonderful health benefits.
On the weekend I used dates, honey and some sultanas to make this cake. It is a dense cake so you can slather some butter and drizzle some honey over the top but its also the perfect snack for a lunchbox as it will fill kids tummies up and give them a little sweet kick addition to their lunchbox.
The smell as it came out of the oven was amazing and I wont lie we ate half the cake warm with butter and honey and then I sliced the rest up and portioned it off for lunchboxes and put it in the freezer and the kids have been loving this sweet treat in their lunchbox this week.
Prep 10 min // Cook 30 min
1 cup pitted dates chopped into small pieces
1 cup natural honey
1 cup sultanas
1 cup water
2 cups self raising flour
Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan forced and spray cake tin with cooking spray and set aside.
In a saucepan add dates, sultanas, honey and water and put over a low heat until the mixture has thickened into a syrup and the dates have softened.
Add butter to the saucepan and stir until it has melted.
Sift the self raising flour into the saucepan and mix well.
Poor into your prepared cake tin and bake for approx 30 min or until a metal skewer comes out clean.