Thursday, January 17, 2013

No Added Fat or Sugar Date Banana and Rum Loaf (Gluten free)

All I can say is that this cake is unbelievable!

It has NO added FAT or SUGAR! And, it is GLUTEN-FREE! And amazingly, it is moist and delicious!

We have a cake list in our office and it is my turn now to bake a diabetic-friendly cake for my colleague's birthday. I want to bake something gluten-free as well and so I found this recipe at the BBC GoodFood website via my BBC GoodFood app.

I was very skeptical at first seeing this recipe... No added fat and sugar? Tasty? Is this possible? Prior baking, I showed this recipe to the birthday boy to seek for his approval and he said... "If there is no sugar added, can you please remember to add rum?" LOL!

After baking and tasting this cake, I'm totally surprised and fully convinced. It tastes like a fruit cake with slight crunchy walnut and banana chips topping. All my colleagues including the birthday boy rated this cake 10 out of 10!!! Perfect!? Can you imagine?


no fat no sugar gluten free date banana rum loaf cake
No fat or sugar added! Yet, this cake is amazingly delicious!
Simmer the dates at low heat
Making the cake batter - Steve, I didn't forget to add the rum :D
Baking the cake

I have a few things to mention before proceeding on to show this amazing recipe...

First of all, I would like to apologise for not having pictures that show slices of this cake. I had to bring the unsliced cake for the birthday celebration and didn't have a chance to take any picture when it was served. Sorry! 

Second, I will be away in May 2013 for 2-3 weeks and for this reason, Cook Like a Star event with Nigella Lawson theme is postponed to June 2013

Third, please don't forget that there will be two events coming up...

One is my Little Thumbs Up event with pineapple theme. 

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This event starts on 5 Feb and ends in 2 weeks on 18 Feb 2013. Simply cook or bake any recipe with pineapple and link up with my first pineapple post. For more details of this event, please refer to this.

Two is Cook like a Star, Delia Smith blog hop event starting on 1st Mar 2013. This event is hosted by me, Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo from Eat your heart out and Mich from Piece of Cake. We are looking for a trend-setter of this event! Fore more details about trend setter, please refer to my previous post.


Last but not least, we are looking for HOSTESS for Little Thumbs Up! INTERESTED?

Please email us at zoebakeforhappykids[at]gmail[dot]com or Doreen at muihiong71[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested to host any coming Little Thumb Up events. Please feel free to let us know your chosen ingredient and the month that you would like to host this event and we can discuss further via email.


Now, here's the recipe from BBC GoodFood
(with my modification and notes in blue)

250g pack stoned, ready-to-eat dates
2 small or 1 large bananas (140g in weight)
(I used 2 small bananas)
100g pecans, 85g roughly chopped, rest left whole
(I used whole walnuts and didn't chop them at all)
200g sultanas
200g raisins
(I replaced this with extra sultanas, total amount of sultanas added is 400g) 100g fine polenta
2 tsp mixed spice
(I replaced this with 1/2 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 tsp ground cardamon) 
2 tsp baking powder (use gluten-free if needed)
(I did use the gluten free one)
3 tbsp dark rum
2 egg whites
a few banana chips and 1 tsp sugar (optional), to decorate
(I didn't use any sugar for my cake topping)

Heat oven to 180°C or fan forced 160°C or gas 4.

Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with non-stick baking paper, using a little oil to make it stick.  
Note: I have used a 11cm x 21cm loaf tin.

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

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 (I didn't add this), if using. Bake for 1 hr until golden and crusty and a skewer comes out clean. (I baked mine for 25 min at 160°C fan forced, covered loosely with foil and baked for another 35 min.) Cool completely before cutting into slices.

Happy Baking

46 comments:

  1. I can see that this loaf must taste heavenly delicious.....with bananas and dates. I am imagining having a bite now to my mouth....oh simply delicious.

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  2. Wow. I can't believe it has no sugar or fat! It looks delicious. Great job! And, it must have made your colleague's day to have eaten such a delicious gluten free, fat free and sugar free cake that's delicious. =) That's so nice of you.

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  3. Wow! Where do you find the time to make all this fabulous bake goods!
    Yum!

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  4. Banana and Rum..that sounds GREAT! :) I would like to see the inside cut :)

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  5. Delicious healthy banana bread Zoe. we are fan of banana breads.

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  6. Wow Zoe! You are so generous with the banana and walnut toppings. Nice!

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  7. Yummy! Thanks for sharing (and thanks also for your lovely comments on my blog)
    Sarah xx

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  8. Zoe that look and sounds amazing, and love the rum:)L

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  9. Zoe, this looks so delicious and sound much healthy, I am gonna try it! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Happy 2 meet u . BTW dis is perfect4 every one...I love the clicks
    Do drop in sometime at space dear

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  11. I think the dates make it very sweet, so certainly no need sugar! How is the texture?

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    1. Hi Mich,

      The cake is surprisingly very moist like a fruit cake. Everything is gone and everyone who had it like it :D

      Zoe

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  12. Such a gorgeous, healthy loaf. I love banana chips...and they are a beautiful topping!

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  13. Zoe, I love those on top, crispy bananas and walnuts. Fantatic recipe.

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  14. Lovely cake, Zoe! I love the combination of rum especially in banana cakes! Lucky birthday boy!

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  15. Actually, I'm surprise this cake do look good!!! Gonna give it a try, soon!

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  16. Zoe, your male colleague is so "geng cao," knowing the secret ingredient that can lighten up the cake! Let me imagine how good this cake is first, hmmm...

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  17. I have to bookmark this... So healthy and truly yummy

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  18. it really looks delicious. I am going to try this for sure!!
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  19. Zoe, this cake sounds very unique, can i substitute the polenta with cake flour?

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    1. Hi Esther,

      I don't know if the substitution will work as the gluten in cake flour might toughen the cake texture. Sorry.

      Zoe

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  20. Zoe- one word, YUM! I love rum in baking and this looks delicious. x

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  21. This can't be true- an healthy yummy cake. Wow. Have to try this.

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  22. I can see why your colleagues rated this a 10 out of 10 - looks fantastic! Such great flavors going on here.

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  23. i never had dates in a banana cake and i think that liquidised dates adds texture and brings great flavour to the cake! sounds like a great cake, zoe!

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  24. That topping looks simply wonderful!

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  25. Will definitely be trying this for my gluten free cake club - looks amazing!

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  26. "It has NO added FAT or SUGAR! And, it is GLUTEN-FREE! And amazingly, it is moist and delicious!" I just don't believe you. ;) Well, the photo DOES look good. :)

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  27. a very interesting recipe Zoe, have to try this someday :)

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  28. Oh this cake looks amazing! I know some people who are eating gluten free and they complain that there is no desserts that taste gook. After reading this I can say I think they are wrong!!

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  29. Love the bananas and walnuts on top..will try it soon. It sounds too good to be true;)

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  30. Healthy and yummy..no wonder you don't need sugar in it. It already has all the natural sweetness from the dates, raisins and bananas. And your added rum brings extra flavor and sweetness! Fantastic recipe, Zoe..I shall give this a try. Am bookmarking this!

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  31. I need to buy Myers's :D Delicious indeed ! Healthy , too :)

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  32. I would love to try this.... no fat and no sugar, I gotta try it for myself! ;)

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  33. This is actually perfectly healthy and delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  34. Hi Zoe! This looks unbelievably delicious! I love the dark rum in there :D And great combination of flavors! Simply stunning :)

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  35. Oh wow. This looks fantastic!! I need to make this!

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  36. Delicious and healthy, all bakers must bake this cake then, hehehe..

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  37. Hi Zoe,
    This look great. Nice and health too!
    Love the banana chips on top!
    Yum..

    Mui

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  38. Ooooo a lovely loaf...I have a date loaf to make this week too! I like the addition of rum in yours and the bananas on top give a great finishing touch! :-)

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  39. Zoe, this is a very interesting cake. I like the topping :)

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  40. looks yummy & delicious...just mouthwatering!

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  41. Great looking cake! And I've found that dark rum improves the flavor of an awful lot of things. ;-) Seriously good stuff - thanks.

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  42. This looks delicious! Can't wait to give this a go :)

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  43. Thanks Zoe for visiting my blog. Very interesting blog you have here... ;)

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  44. Amazing & healthy cake! Looks yummy & I'm sure we'll LOVE this cake too . We just love any banana cakes & this recipe does sounds very interesting with rums! :)

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