Chocolate Date Loaf
Evelyne is a sports nutritionist, and one of Quebec’s top-tiered dietitians. And when we were having dinner with her family she served this deliciously moist, tender and chocolatey cake. It was the perfect dessert: delicious and decadent, but not overwhelmingly rich. She served it with frozen yogurt, which was the perfect combination. I had to have the recipe! “This is my Mom’s recipe,” she said, “but I suppose I could give it to you”. She wrote it out for me on an index card, just like her mom had done for her.
Now THAT is what I call snagging a recipe! And now Cocoa Bean, The Vegetable is on the black market, because I am sharing this delicious cake recipe with you guys. I would like to add that, even if you don’t like dates, you should still give this one a try. It is so chocolatey, you won’t even notice them! I promise. I should also add: this recipe isn’t “healthy” but it is pure of heart 🙂
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Chocolate Date Loaf
- 1 cup dates, chopped
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup chocolate chips (the more the better, after all!)
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl add the dates, baking soda and vanilla. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and set aside to cool.
- Beat the butter and sugar until creamy, then add the eggs one at a time. Beat well.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Create a well in the center and add the egg mixture and the date mixture. Fold just until combined, and add to your prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow it to cool in the pan for at least ten minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack.
Best served with frozen yogurt and/or berries!