This refined sugar free date loaf will get you through that 3pm slump

We know the vending machine or biscuit tin is tempting at 3pm, but though refined sugar may perk you up, that burst of energy doesn’t last long. If you need a jump-start to get through the rest of your workday, this stick date loaf will do the trick. 

It’s 3pm. You’ve only got a couple of hours left of work but the sugar cravings start to set in and you need a bit of a pick-me-up to get you through the rest of the day. Instead of reaching for that biscuit, or trudging to the vending machine for a block of choccie, this date loaf is sweet, a little gooey, and refined sugar-free so it’ll satisfy those cravings without the inevitable crash.

Sticky date banana bread

Makes 8 slices


  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 2/3 cup plain rolled oats
  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs or 2 chia eggs (1tbs chia seeds with 2 tbs water)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 8 Medjool dates, seeds removed and roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Place dates in a small bowl of boiling water and set aside.
  3. Place oats in a blender or food processor and blitz to make oat flour. Place into a mixing bowl with wholemeal flour and baking powder. Mix well to combine.
  4. Add remaining ingredients excluding peanut butter and dates into a blender and blend for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Add wet mixture to flour and fold through until combined.
  6. Pour half of the mixture into a loaf tin. Spoon peanut butter evenly over the mixture. Top and swirl through the batter with a spoon. Drain dates and line evenly over peanut butter. Top with remaining batter.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
  8. Slice and enjoy!