We are in Ramadan already. During the many iftars and family gatherings we can find plenty of sweets to replenish our energy. From Dubai Fashion News we wanted to share with you a great recipe, healthy and with a key ingredient from our culture: the Dates. Why healthy? Because this cake is made without refined sugar. It has been naturally sweetened with Dates & honey. Don’t miss this delicious Date & Chocolate Cake that Eliane Kozal from EatsAndTreatsDxb.com has baked for us. We can just say… mmm mmmmm!
DATE & CHOCOLATE CAKE – GLUTEN & DAIRY FREE WITH VEGAN BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE (OPTIONAL)
Recipe for approx. 10 people.
Preparation time 15 min, total time 1 hour.
THE INGREDIENTS THAT YOU WOULD NEED
1 Cup Medjool dates or approximately 8 pieces cut in slices
1 Cup Boiling water
4 tbsp Honey
1 Cup Canola Oil
3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp vanilla
½ Cup walnuts chopped – or more depending on taste.
1 ½ Gluten free flour
AND FOR THE VEGAN BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Canola Oil
½ Cup Coconut Cream
½ tsp Vanilla
HOW TO PREPARE THIS DELICIOUS CAKE
Pour Boiling water over the sliced dates and set aside for 15 min, until it cools.
Beat the eggs with the sugar until dissolved, then add cocoa powder, oil, dates with water, baking soda, vanilla and blend well.
Add the flour to the mix and combine until completely dissolved.
Add the walnuts (quantity depends on taste).
Pour into a greased cake pan (I use non-sticky spray oil) and bake for 35-40 min.
Let it cool down before removing from the pan.
You can sprinkle the cake with chocolate chip, walnuts, or icing sugar or with the Vegan Butterscotch sauce.
LET´S NO FORGET THE SAUCE
Heat Brown sugar and oil in a pan and keep mixing until dissolved.
Once it boils, remove it from the heat and add the coconut cream and vanilla.
Now go and impress your family and friends!