date loaf

Vegan Date Loaf

In Baking, Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks, Sweet by MurielLeave a Comment

Date loaf is a classic teatime treat that’s incredibly quick and easy to make – this recipe is another one from my mum!

The recipe is slightly adapted from The South African Encyclopedia of Food & Cookery, which isn’t exactly a resource of South African recipes, but rather a resource for South African home cooks. I don’t think you’ll find ubiquitous South African classics like malva pudding or bobotie, but it’s jam-packed with hundreds of trustworthy recipes. No wonder it’s been very well used by my family over the years.

Anyway, this date loaf is delicious, you should try it 🙂 The original recipe used butter, for which I substituted coconut oil (though I’d have used Flora Vegan, too). I used a 250 g package of packed dates, which is cheaper than the loose, whole dates. (Definitely don’t go for the expensive Medjool dates – those should be savoured on their own, with almond butter!)

Everything else about the recipe is vegan, and oh so simple! It’s ready in just over an hour, perfect with a slather of vegan butter.

Date Loaf

A simple but delicious dairy- and egg-free classic that's a great accompaniment to a cuppa tea.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Global
Servings: 1 loaf


  • Oven


  • 250 g dates (chopped)
  • 1 tsp bicarb
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (or vegan butter)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups cake flour


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a loaf tin.
  • Put the chopped dates in a large mixing bowl along with the coconut oil (or vegan butter) and bicarb. Pour the hot water over, and mix until the coconut oil has melted. Leave to cool.
  • Add the sugar, salt and flour to the cooled mixture, and stir to combine (don't overstir).
  • Spoon into the greased loaf tin, and bake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes, until a skwere comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack.
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