Healthy Chocolate Date Loaf

There comes a time, where we need to take 5 mins out of our busy day and have a cup of tea to regroup and re-energise. It’s always nice to have something to nibble on, and this Chocolate Date loaf is the perfect little snack.

WHY IS THIS HEALTHY?

  • This recipe is very low in fat as it uses yoghurt instead of butter.
  •  It does not use refined sugar. Rather, the dates are used to sweeten the mixture which have the added benefit of fibre. Natvia (an all natural sweetener is used http://natvia.com.au/) or you could choose a low GI sugar such as Coconut Sugar or Rapidura
  •  You can see that no chocolate is used in this recipe, which is normally a source of fat and sugar. To give the loaf a rich chocolate taste, cocoa is used instead and is high in potassium.
  • The only naughty-ish ingredient is the white flour, but you can usewholemeal and just add approx. ¼ of a cup extra of water to the mixture

 Recipe

  • ¼ C low fat yoghurt
  • ¼ cup pureed dates (see below for recipe)
  • 8 Natvia sachets (or 8 teaspoons Coconut, Rapidura or brown sugar)
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees

To make the date puree:

  • Place 2 cups of pitted dates (available at all supermarkets normally in the baking aisle) in a saucepan with 2 cups of water.
  • Heat on medium until the dates are soft and water almost evaporated.
  • Mash with a potato masher or fork until smooth.

To make the loaf

  • In a bowl, beat yoghurt, pureed dates, Natvia, egg white and vanilla until mixed ( you will see lumps of dates but that is ok).
  • To this, sift in the flour, cocoa, and baking powder.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan, or ramekins (will require shorter cooking time).
  • Bake for approximately 45 mins.
  • Allow to cool before slicing. Spread with Nuttelex or eat as is.

Using wholemeal flour. Thankyou Vanessa Getliffe

Yummo

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