Looking for a lunchbox treat? This Weetbix and date loaf might just be your next family favourite!
Based on that famous Aussie breakfast of champions, this date loaf has a delicious malty taste that goes perfectly with the sweetness of dates.
And it’s an easy recipe too.
Combine the Weetbix, sugar, dates, butter and bicarb in a bowl and add boiling water. Then let it sit for 5 minutes, so those dates go all nice and soft and gooey.
Then add the flour and eggs and bake in the oven until golden and cooked through.
My mum made this Weetbix loaf when we were kids, and I’m still making it for my kids. The difference is I use real sugar and butter rather than margarine and artificial sweetener, which were all the rage in the 80s and 90s.
For a healthy date loaf, you can definitely use less sugar or use modern natural sugar substitutes like stevia.
Top Tips for Making Weetbix Date Loaf
Rather than crush the Weetbix, you can collect all those broken crumbs at the bottom of the box and use those instead. 1 biscuit is the equivalent of 1/3 cup of crushed Weetbix, so use 1 1/3 cups of crumbs.
Don’t let those crumbs go to waste! Turn them into cake! I collect the crumbs in a container until I have enough for a whole loaf.
Avoid having dozens of flours in the pantry and make your own self-raising flour. That way, you can add as much raising agent as you like, depending on the other ingredients in your recipe. Dense cake batters call for a little extra help to rise. Making your own self-raising flour is as simple as adding baking powder to the mix according to the instructions on the tin or recipe.
To cut the dates, use kitchen scissors and cut them in half or quarters, depending on your own preference. I like to get the kids to do this job. Confession: I always put a few extra in for extra ‘datiness.’
A note on the sugar: this recipe uses half the sugar of the original recipe from the 80s. For me, it’s just the right balance of sweetness.
But you can absolutely halve the sugar again (or use even less). And it will still taste great if you prefer it less sweet, as some commentators on Pinterest have found:
How to Serve Weetbix and Date Loaf
This moist date loaf is lovely eaten plain, but it’s also oh-so-delicious steaming hot spread with a good pat of butter melting into it.
The cake is also very close to sticky date pudding, so some caramel sauce drizzled over the top would not be ‘over-the-top’.
Freezing Weetbix Date Loaf
This cake can be frozen, which makes it an excellent option to bake ahead for school lunches.
Double the recipe to cook two cakes – one for now and one to freeze for later, or slice the cake and individually wrap slices to freeze and put into lunch boxes. It will keep in the freezer for up to two months.
Looking for more Weetbix Recipes?
For more weetbix recipes, try these healthy Weetbix and Apple Pikelets. Great for school lunchboxes!
- 4 Weetbix, crushed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 cup dates, chopped
- 1 tsp. bicarbonate soda
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a loaf tin.
- In a large bowl, place the Weetbix, sugar, butter, dates and bicarbonate soda. Pour in the boiling water, stir well and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add in the flour and the eggs, beating well.
- Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until cooked through.
If you have a fan-forced oven or a non-stick pan, you may need to adjust your oven down 10 degrees or so accordingly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g
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