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Healthy carrot and date cake with banana. One slice cut. Recipe by Sneaky Veg

Date, carrot and banana cake

Mandy Mazliah
A healthier carrot cake, sweetened with dates and bananas. This date, carrot and banana cake is perfect for any occasion when you want a sweet treat without too much sugar.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 12


  • 3 large eggs or flax eggs* for vegan version
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 50 g dates** chopped
  • 75 g sunflower oil or melted coconut oil
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 180 g plain flour wholemeal or white (I used wholemeal)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 50 g walnuts chopped
  • 75 g sultanas
  • 300 g carrots peeled and grated (approx 3 medium carrots)

For the frosting

  • 200 g cream cheese or dairy free alternative
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Walnuts optional


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Grease and base line a 20cm round cake tin. 
  • Whisk the eggs in a medium sized bowl or prepare your flax eggs. Set aside.
  • Put the bananas, chopped dates and oil into a blender or food processor and mix until combined and creamy.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in the ground almonds.  
  • Add the eggs and the banana mixture and stir well. Next stir in the grated carrot, walnuts and sultanas until it all comes together.
  • Pour it into your cake tin, level the top and bake for 45-50 minutes until a skewer or toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for five minutes then transfer to a wire rack and let it cool.

To make the frosting

  • Beat together the cream cheese, honey or maple syrup and lemon juice. Spread the frosting over the top of the cake and decorate with walnuts if desired.
  • If iced best stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Uniced this cake can be stored in a cake tin at room temperature.


*To make a flax egg mix 1 tbsp ground flax seeds (lin seeds) with 3 tbsp cold water and set aside. For this recipe you will need 3 flax eggs.
**Medjool dates are ideal but if using another type check for dryness. If dry soak in hot water for 20 minutes before using. Drain well.
Keyword carrot and banana cake
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