Healthy Flourless Date and Walnut Breakfast Cake

This healthy flourless date and walnut breakfast cake is dense and slightly fluffy on the inside yet tender on the outside- The perfect filling breakfast! Made with no butter, oil, flour or sugar, this breakfast cake is naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free and comes with a tested grain free and paleo option!

Healthy Flourless Date and Walnut Breakfast Cake naturally sweetened and made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar but 100% delicious and satisfying and EASY! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

 

“Mum, why did you bring back multiple packages of dates from Iran?”

“Dates here aren’t the same. Persian dates are different.”

“Yes, but you buy your dates from the PERSIAN GROCERY STORE. The packaging is in Farsi (the Persian language) too.”

“Stop being disrespectful. Your room is a mess.”

***

I’m not going to argue with my mum on this.

When it comes to dates, I am yet to try a variety which comes close to those produced and sold in Iran. 

Healthy Flourless Date and Walnut Breakfast Cake naturally sweetened and made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar but 100% delicious and satisfying and EASY! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Growing up, it would be a tradition to have tea (invented by the Persians, according to mum) every morning with breakfast (a meal invented by the Persians, according to my mum), sweetened with dates instead of sugar (probably discovered in Iran, according to my mum…unless it’s being shunned in the media). The dates weren’t put IN the tea- They would be served on the side and you’d nibble at them between each sip of tea. 

Besides the pairing with tea, I’ve never been TOO fond of dates (Persian or non-Persian) on their own. I find them to be a little annoying to eat and would rather choose some chocolate or even a soda over it. However, I think they are amazing in baked goods, specifically when paired with walnuts. Like dates, my mum claims Persian walnuts are superior to any other form out there. 

Healthy Flourless Date and Walnut Breakfast Cake naturally sweetened and made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar but 100% delicious and satisfying and EASY! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Okay, mum. 

Anyway, she also brought back unshelled walnuts (such a pain) with her dates, and gifted me ONE bag of each (don’t ask me how many she brought back…) and I, of course, opted NOT to enjoy them on their own. I initially had plans to make them into a muffin but thought my recent breakfast cake obsession needed some date and walnut canoodling. Hence, this healthy date and walnut breakfast cake was born!

Healthy Flourless Date and Walnut Breakfast Cake naturally sweetened and made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar but 100% delicious and satisfying and EASY! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

This healthy flourless date and walnut breakfast cake is naturally sweetened and studded with dried fruit and nuts, making it the perfect filling and hearty breakfast option AND being healthy! Unlike traditional cakes, this flourless date and walnut version contains no butter, oil, flour (grains, if you opt for the paleo option!) or sugar but you’d never be able to tell! It’s lightly dense and fluffy on the inside while being tender on the outside. It’s also suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo lifestyle! 

HACK! To give a boost of protein, I made a vanilla protein frosting (as pictured) using as always the vegan protein powder, paleo protein powder and casein protein powder (all work great!) but it works very well using basic coconut cream whipped with coconut palm sugar- If frosting ain’t your thing, it can be completely omitted! 

Healthy Flourless Date and Walnut Breakfast Cake naturally sweetened and made with NO butter, oil, flour or sugar but 100% delicious and satisfying and EASY! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Make this healthy flourless Date and Walnut breakfast cake and unless you’ve tried a Persian date yet, you haven’t lived.

Just kidding, but if you see my mum, say that.

Healthy Flourless Date and Walnut Breakfast Cake
Serves 4
This healthy flourless date and walnut breakfast cake is dense and slightly fluffy on the inside yet tender on the outside- The perfect filling breakfast!
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For the Original option
  1. 2 1/4 gluten free rolled oats, ground into a flour (2 cups total)
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sweetener of choice (I used Norbu, a monk fruit blend)
  3. 1 T baking powder
  4. 1 T cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  7. 1 flax egg (can sub for 1 large egg if not vegan)
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 6 T nut butter of choice, melted (I used smooth almond butter)
  10. 1/4 cup chopped medjool dates (ensure the dates are on the softer side)
  11. 2 T finely chopped walnuts
  12. 2 T raisins
Paleo option
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  2. 1 T cinnamon
  3. 1 tsp nutmeg
  4. 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  5. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/4 cup maple syrup (can sub for honey or agave)
  7. 1/4 cup almond butter (can sub for cashew butter or coconut oil)
  8. vanilla extract
  9. 4 large eggs, whisked lightly
  10. 2 T medjool dates, chopped
  11. 2 T raisins
  12. 2 T chopped walnuts
For the cinnamon frosting
  1. 3 scoops vanilla protein powder (see recommendations above)
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  4. 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  5. Milk of choice to form batter
For the general cream cheese frosting
  1. Dairy free cream cheese (can sub for any cream cheese)
  2. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
  3. 1 T cinnamon
  4. Coconut cream frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 9 loaf pan with cooking spray, oil or butter and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the milk, vanilla extract and egg/flax egg. Pour into the dry mixture. Add the melted nut butter (and maple syrup and applesauce for paleo option) and mix very well until a batter is formed. Stir through the dates, raisins and walnuts and mix well.
  4. Transfer the batter to the loaf pan or baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes (PALEO Option- 45-50 minutes) or until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes on clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before serving or frosting, if desired.
To make the frosting
  1. Combine all the ingredients and using a tablespoon, add dairy free milk until a thick, firm batter is formed. For the cream cheese one, allow to sit at room temperature until it softens. Mix with granulated sweetener and cinnamon.
Notes
  1. Breakfast cake is best when allowed to sit for several hours before consumption. Cake is freezer friendly and should be kept refrigerated.
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41 thoughts on “Healthy Flourless Date and Walnut Breakfast Cake

  1. The next time I go to our local Persian grocery store, I’m for sure getting dates and walnuts. I trust your mom. Also, I think my mom would love this cake (esp. with your coconut cream frosting)!
    I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a date on its own. If I did, it was cold and hard…like my heart. I DID try a bacon-wrapped, goat cheese-stuffed date a couple weeks ago and that was amazing!!

    1. Dates and walnuts were my favorite oatmeal mix-ins as a kid, so this cake is like childhood. Yesss. I still love dates, but since they’re so sweet, if I’m eating them straight-up, I always add savory stuff… like nut butter and bacon. Bacon is a good choice.

  2. Wait. Cake for breakfast? Say what? Yes, please! But only if it’s before 10:30. After 10:30, that cake becomes lunch. 😉 Seriously, though, good looking cake here, mate. Like you, I’m not a fan of dates by themselves, but I can totally roll with them inside of baked goods. Baked goods topped with cinnamon frosting that is.

  3. wait now I really want to buy some persians dates! I also am not a fan of eating dates by themselves but they are pretty magical in baked goods and this cake looks pretty darn magical! Your Mom sounds so hilarious lol.

  4. I got into dates for a while when I scored a bag of them on sale. When I finished the bag, I simple didn’t get more. I most often use them in baked goods so this recipe looks great!

  5. Dates are addictive with peanut butter. I dare you to try it. Anyways, I love putting them in truffle recipes but yes, they’re a bit too sweet on their own! This breakfast cake is really interesting because I never would’ve thought of putting them in a cake with walnuts! Yummy!

  6. Dates and walnuts, a top notch combo! Hope mine comes out alright even though I just have boring ol’ regular dates 😉

  7. I’m a Dates junkie! I They are my favorite dried fruit. There are around 450 kinds of Dates! To be honest, the ones from Saudi Arabia are amazing, you have the dried ones, moist ones, dipped in Dates molasses, mini ones, fruitful ones.. the list is endless. I’m a recipe developer myself and been working with dates lately, coincidence! The pairing of walnuts is nice, next time you can try cardamom or anise powder to the dry mix, they work together extremely well!
    If I ever travel to Australia, I’ll get you the real deal Dates!
    Cheers from Kuwait!

  8. This looks amazing– and love your mom conversation commentary. It’s great to be proud of where you come from. Honestly, living in Malaysia, suddenly I think everything from America is better than what I find here..!

    I always buy dates in Australia and bring them back to Malaysia- not because they are better, but because they are so much cheaper there. I love to use them as a sweetener and in baked goods– I got my husband’s mom’s date loaf recipe when we were there at Christmas, but it’s so unhealthy! I am going to see how he likes this 🙂

  9. Dates are my jam, not a day goes by that I don’t eat them… In fact I think if I had to pick one food it would be dates!
    However, I have never ever found dates that were as nice as the ones I had in Oman… They were just in a league of their own! I remember going to the date market and being surrounded by massive jute bags full of them… And the sweet smell in the air… Heaven!

  10. This looks so good, it sounds right up my street. You are slowly but surely filling my summer off university with recipes to make. I absolutely love dates but I think classic banana pecan is my fave fruit and but pairing. I never even thought to try the dates and tea combo!

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