A long while back, I tried my hand at noting down recipes on a different blog. I did it sporadically and eventually gave up. Now that I stay home and cook many meals a week, a lot of my life revolves around food and the making of it. Instead of compartmentalizing parts of my life I have decided to keep it all under one roof. What that means is that in addition to hashing my life here, I will also post recipes and write book reviews when the mood strikes.

This morning having gotten up earlier than is my norm, I decided to bake a cake. Only trouble was that my staple the banana nut cake needed more bananas than I had on hand. I pulled open the pantry door and took inventory. A bag of dates, whole milk, cinnamon powder, shelled walnuts, all purpose flour, almond flour, baking soda and butter sat on my kitchen island a few minutes later.

Preheating the oven to 350 degrees F, I started prepping. A cup of milk went into the microwave to be warmed. About 20-25 dates sat in my mixie. I measured out 1 cup of all purpose flour, added half cup of almond flour, tsp of cinnamon powder and a tsp of baking soda and mixed them well. Once the milk was warm, I melted a stick of butter and set it aside.

Then I made a paste of dates, milk and butter. To the dry ingredients, I added the wet, folded in chopped walnuts and realized the batter was too thick. So, I added a little water to thin it out and then poured the batter into a greased bundt pan. While the kids licked the batter clean from the mixing bowl, I shoved the pan into the oven and set the timer for 35 minutes.

The cake tastes great warm or cool. Keps for as long as it lasts (not more than a day in my home).

PS: Nope. I did not miss the sugar. This recipe has no added sugar. The dates provide the necessary sweetness and it tastes more like bread than cake.

Mom to three. Open adoption advocate. Writer.

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