Allen’s date, carrot & honey loaf

This week’s recipe for #sundaybakingsunday comes from Ella, who I ‘know’ via Instagram.

It’s her grandpa Allen’s recipe – isn’t that lovely?!

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I saw a photo of this loaf on Instagram a while ago, liked it and really wanted to try making it myself.

Ella was kind enough to email me the recipe, which I found super easy to follow.


1 1/2 cups chopped dates*
1 cup honey
1 cup water
60g butter, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups self raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup carrot, grated

Grease and line a 10 x 20 cm loaf pan.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Place chopped dates, honey and water in a small saucepan.
Stir over medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes, until dates soften.
Add the chopped butter to the saucepan, then remove from heat, and stir in the vanilla.
Transfer the saucepan contents to a medium sized mixing bowl and fold in the flour and carrot.
Pour the mixture into the lined loaf pan and smooth out the top.
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes – test with skewer (when skewer comes out clean, your loaf is ready).
Cool in pan for 5 minutes then cool on wire rack.

* You could substitute figs or raisins for dates. This loaf can be frozen, if it lasts more than the day. If you’ve ‘quit sugar’ I imagine this recipe could be modified by switching out the honey.

Put the kettle on, cut a few slices and you’ve created a perfect morning or afternoon tea. Thanks for sharing this great recipe Ella, it’s one that the kids could easily help you with and it only takes a few minutes to get in the oven. That’s my kind of baking.

What’s baking in your kitchen this weekend?

I’d love to see your efforts on Instagram – just follow @igiveyoutheverbs and tag your baking photos with #sundaybakingsunday.

There are some great bakers getting on board. Are you one of them?

And if you have a simple recipe you’d like to share, I’d love to try it.

Happy baking!



14 thoughts on “Allen’s date, carrot & honey loaf

  1. Hi Annette, The recipe sounds really easy. Might give it a try this week and make it for hubby and I. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Simone x


  2. Recipes passed down from grandparents are often the best ones – simple ingredients, whipped up quickly and best eaten still warm from the oven. This looks like a winner.


    • I think you’re right about that Zena, it was a very quick, easy recipe. No need to spend hours slaving over intricate recipes. If it tastes good, that is what I’m interested in!


    • Yes, do dust off the Insta account! I’m always happy to see new people joining in with #sundaybakingsunday. That’s a winner of a cake, give it a go.


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