Walnut, Date and Honey Loaf cake

Servings: 8 – 10                             Time: About 90 minutes                   Difficulty: Easy

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A very easy, sweet and tasty, loaf with a great combination of flavours.

Credit: This recipe was taken from the excellent small BBC Good Food book “101 Cakes and Bakes”. Only a few minor changes and additions have been made.

Calories: Approx. 3,500 total (Divide by the number of slices.)


  • 225g/8 oz self-raising flour (I used gluten-free flour)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175g/6 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g/4 oz light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp runny honey (* see tip 1)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 medium size, ripe bananas – around 200g/8 oz skinned (* see tip 2)
  • 100g/4 oz stoned dates, chopped quite small
  • 50g walnut pieces or halves


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C/Gas 3  (fan oven 140).
  2. Lightly grease a 1kg/2 lb loaf tin and line the base and long sides with baking parchment. (* see tip 3)
  3. Measure the flour, cinnamon, butter, sugar, 2 tbsp honey and the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mash the bananas and add to the bowl, followed by the dates. Beat the mixture until everything is well blended and smooth.
  4. Spoon or pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. Scatter or place the walnuts over the top.
  5. Bake for around an hour and test with a skewer or similar instrument. If necessary return to the oven for a short period.
  6. Cool for about 15 minutes, then use the paper sides to lift the loaf out of the tin to cool fully on a wire rack.
  7. Drizzle the remaining honey over the loaf, or warm the honey briefly in a micro-wave oven and brush it on.
  8. *Tip 1 – Lightly spray or smear your spoon with oil then the honey will run off more easily.

    *Tip 2 – If your bananas are not ripe, pierce them several times with a fork then give them a few 20 – 30 second blasts in the microwave until ready. (They may need to cool before you use them.)

    *Tip 3 – Pre-formed loaf tin liners are relatively cheap and very convenient, especially if you intend giving away the finished loaf.