V for Vegan Walnut Dates Loaf

>>  Thursday, September 26, 2013

I had something else planned for V, it was a bread from a different country. I was referred to that site when I was looking for X, so I was happy in having found a perfect recipe for V. Infact the starting letter denoted a process that was followed by the locals. Though I could have easily followed that recipe, I was hesitant for reasons unknown.

That's when I was chatting with Champa, and she suggested I could do a vegan cake. She had posted something just then and naturally if it was from her, I could do without thinking much. I checked her Vegan Walnut Dates Loaf and went right in to bake it. I had all the ingredients required and felt there was no need to postpone making this.
The taste was simply too good, and it turned out to be an healthy option as well. What with the walnuts and dates, this becomes a great snack to address your hunger pangs. 

The only thing I didn't have was the flax seeds, I used the egg replacer I had. I am wondering what I am going to do when that gets over.

Anyway this loaf/cake makes a great snack box item as well. 

So for V, I have Vegan Walnut Dates Loaf

Packing this for the Kid's Delight Party.

Vegan Date Walnut Loaf

Ingredients Needed:

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Baking Powder - 3 tsp / 1 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1/2 cup (Or use 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup oil)
Boiling Water - 3/4 cup 
Sugar - 1/2 cup (Or light brown sugar)
Vanilla - 1 tsp (Or use any spice powder 1 tsp like cinnamon, cardamom etc)
Pitted dates - 1 cup chopped (about 20 - 24 whole pitted dates)
Walnuts - 1/2 cup chopped
Egg Replacer - 1 tbsp (Flax meal - 1 tbsp mixed with 3 tbsp of warm water (or use 1 large egg for a non vegan version))

How to make the Vegan Date Walnut Loaf

Take chopped dates in a bowl. Pour boiling water over it (Measure the water after it has boiled).  Let it sit till the mixture cools down to room temperature, about 30 - 40 minutes. 

Grease a 8 X 4 loaf pan with vegetable oil. Set aside. 

Preheat the oven to 185 C.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and spice powder if using. Set aside. 

In another bowl, whisk together sugar, oil and the flax mixture. Stir in vanilla. Add the date and water mixture and flour mixture alternating whisking slowly till no dry flour streaks are left. Stir in walnuts.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 - 60 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. 

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn it on to wire rack to cool completely.  

Looks like just like Champa, I also ended up using a 9 X 5 pan which is a little bit too big for this amount of batter, and ended up with a short loaf.

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divya September 26, 2013 at 12:08 AM  

looks sooo yummy n delicious...

Manjula Bharath September 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM  

wow such an delicious and healthy combo :) looks super yummy

Priya Suresh September 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM  

Such an incredible laof, dates and walnut works wonder in bakes.

vaishali sabnani September 26, 2013 at 6:39 AM  

The loaf looks healthy and the combo of dates and walnuts never fails.
Don't worry I shall send you the egg replacer ..still have 1 pack:)

Nivedhanams Sowmya September 26, 2013 at 8:08 AM  

Dates and walnuts are a perfect combo!!! I have also bookmarked many recipes from champa... Bread has come out fabulous !!!!

Sapana Behl September 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM  

Dates and walnuts are my fav , that loaf looks inviting !

Pavani N September 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM  

I think I recently bookmarked a cake with dates, can't remember where!!! Now I don't have to rake my brain for it, yours sounds and looks perfect. Will try out soon.

Chef Mireille September 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM  

healthy and yummy

The Pumpkin Farm September 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM  

delicious combination of flavors, warms up instantaneaously

Harini-Jaya R September 29, 2013 at 2:58 AM  

Sounds perfect for a snack ..

Preeti Garg September 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM  

Love this flavorful loaf with dates n walnuts.

Rajani S September 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM  

Dates and walnut is always a good combination...Good one!

Suma Gandlur October 1, 2013 at 8:16 AM  

I know that this is one of the most delicious bakes.
I love date walnut cake and was thinking to post one for the letter W. :)

Sandhya Karandikar October 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM  

Delicious. Golden goodness.

Padmajha PJ October 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM  

Dates and walnuts does make it tastier and healthier! Bookmarked!

veena krishnakumar October 18, 2013 at 5:44 PM  

That is a lovely combo. The cake looks healthy and yummy!!!

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