I have been trying to cut on the sugar intake of late. So have started having dates as our post-meal dessert. Dates are rich in natural sugars and have innumerable health benefits. They are the best solution for sugar cravings. This gave me an idea to bake with dates.
This is a simple cocoa cake which I have baked with dates puree. As dates are sweet, I have added just 2 tbsp raw sugar to it. If you like your desserts to be sweeter, please add sugar or jaggery as per your taste.
Coming to dates, these are rich in iron, calcium, potassium and zinc. Dates add vitamin B complex, vitamin A and C to diet. Being rich in proteins, they improve muscle strength when consumed.
Whole Wheat Dates Cake
- 1 cup - 3 tbsp Whole-wheat flour
- 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
- 1 cup Roughly chopped dates
- 2 tbsp Raw sugar
- 1 tbsp Almond meal
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking soda
- 1/3 cup Any neutral oil
- 1+ 1/4 cup Milk
- 1/2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Sliced almonds
- Soak dates in milk for 2 hours. Blend them together to make a smooth paste.
- Grease a bundt tin with oil generously. Sprinkle cocoa powder and spread it evenly. Tap the pan and take out the extra cocoa powder.
- Add sugar and oil to the paste. Blend again to mix everything nicely.
- Sift the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa powder baking powder and baking soda. Mix in almond meal.
- Preheat the oven at 170 C for 10 minutes
- Mix the dry ingredients to wet ingredients in parts. Fold gently.
- Place sliced almonds at the bottom of the pan.
- Add apple cider vinegar to cake batter and mix gently.
- Pour the cake batter in the tin and bake at 170 C for 25-30 minutes.
- You can bake the cake in a pressure cooker too. It will take about 40 minutes on slow to medium flame.
- Take out the pan once the cake is done. Remove from the tin after 5 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack and cut. You can pour chocolate syrup before serving.