Home > Sugar Free Cakes > Naturally Sweet Fruit Loaves

Naturally Sweet Fruit Loaves

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 24 May 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Sugar Free Sugar Natural Sweet Fruit

Fruit loaves are a fabulous tea time treat and are wonderful examples of just how simple sugar free cooking can be.

Easy to bake and delicious when sweetened naturally, they are filling, full of goodness and ideal when sliced and wrapped for lunch boxes.

Perfect Sweeteners

In all of the following recipes, the fruit content itself is used to sweeten the loaf or bread. Containing high levels of natural sugar, dried fruit can be an ideal sweetener in sugar free cakes.

In other cases, however, fresh fruit can work just as well. It is vital, however, to ensure pieces are ripe or even over-ripe.

Banana Bread

Moist, spicy and with a flavour all of its own, banana bread is a true energy food. Also high in antioxidants and vitamins, it has all sorts of nutritional benefits.

This sugar free version calls for soft, very ripe - even black - bananas, and is therefore also a great way of using up old fruit from the bowl, which would otherwise be thrown away.

Ingredients:

  • Six medium to large, very ripe bananas
  • Two large eggs
  • 200g (7oz) plain flour
  • Two tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • One tsp ground cinnamon (or ground all spice)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 170 deg C (350 deg F/gas mark 4). Place all your dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix. Beat your eggs in a separate bowl then slowly mash and stir your soft bananas into the liquid. Spoonful by spoonful, gently fold the banana and egg mixture into the dry ingredients, to make a batter. Pour into a greased loaf tin (23cm x 13cm x 7cm) and bake for approximately one hour. When ready it will be golden on top, springy to the touch and an inserted skewer or sharp knife should come out clean. Leave to cool and slice.

Date and Walnut Loaf

This is a rich, fruity loaf that is a perfect sugar free cake alternative. The trick to its success is to ensure your dates soften well, releasing their natural sugars into the water and that the loaf is not over cooked and therefore remains moist.

Ingredients:

  • 300g (10.5oz) pitted dried dates or squares of block dates
  • Two cups of water
  • Two eggs
  • 80g (3oz) butter
  • 300g (10.5oz) self-raising flour
  • Two tsp ground all spice
  • 100g (3.5oz) walnut pieces
  • A splash of milk

Method:

Preheat your oven to 170 deg C (350 deg F/gas mark 4). Gently soften your dates in the water in a small saucepan on a low heat (this is important if you want a truly sweet sugar free loaf). Set aside to cool. In a separate bowl beat your butter until creamy, then add the eggs and mix. Stir in your walnuts, flour and all spice. Add your softened dates and water, plus a splash of milk. Spoon into a greased loaf tin (23cm x 13cm x 7cm) and bake for about 40 minutes. When ready the loaf should springy to the touch on the surface. Leave to cool and slice.

Sultana Loaf

This sugar free loaf is less of a cake and more of a bread. It makes a perfect snack at any time of day and is delicious when toasted and buttered, or when spread with sugar free jam.

Ingredients:

  • 250g (9oz) sultanas
  • One cup of water
  • 80g (3oz) butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 300g (10.5oz) plain flour
  • One tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Two tsp cinnamon

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 deg C (375 deg F/gas mark 4). Gently soften your sultanas in the water in a small saucepan over a low heat. Simmer for about three minutes. Rub your butter into the flour, add bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir in your sultanas and water. Mix and pour into a greased loaf tin (23cm x 13cm x 7cm). Bake for about one hour. Wait until cool before slicing.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
Bugs - Your Question:
Can I use soft dates for the date and walnut loaf? How many do I need? Thank you!

Our Response:
Yes, just try using the same amount or slightly less.
SugarFreeRecipes - 11-Feb-16 @ 2:12 PM
Can I use soft dates for the date and walnut loaf? How many do I need? Thank you!
Bugs - 10-Feb-16 @ 9:40 AM
If your cake is soggy in the middle you can put it in the microwave for a minute or two,this will firm it up nicely
Mary - 12-Dec-15 @ 3:56 PM
Can,t use honey as diabetic ,will try recipes with sweetener,if you use sweetner without aspartame in its better
Mary - 12-Dec-15 @ 2:17 PM
@Alibooto. No it doesn't have eggs. It's more of a loaf/bread.
SugarFreeRecipes - 16-Jun-15 @ 1:59 PM
Doing the sultana cake but there are no eggs mentioned... Not really a pour into the pan. Is this a typo?!
Alibooto - 11-Jun-15 @ 8:51 PM
I baked the date and walnut cake last week but the mixture was very sloppy so it did not cook, maybe my 'cups' are too large !!! I baked the banana cake this afternoon, but after testing it it was soggy in centre.I left it in longer but it was almost burnt on outside and still soggy inside !!!Another one for the bin :-(( Any comments on where I'm going wrong ?
Joycee - 23-Feb-15 @ 5:22 PM
Really, really nice Date and Walnut Loaf. Thank you!
stephanie - 19-Jun-12 @ 10:30 PM
This apperas to be great will cook it tonight and then give further feed back Thank you
little legs - 12-Aug-11 @ 5:59 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • SugarFreeRecipes
    Re: No Sugar Sponge Cakes
    Dudders - Your Question:How is this 'sugar free'? 3 tablespoons of honey is a lot of sugar! Guess you mean sucrose free. Nectar contains…
    27 March 2017
  • Dudders
    Re: No Sugar Sponge Cakes
    How is this 'sugar free'? 3 tablespoons of honey is a lot of sugar! Guess you mean sucrose free. Nectar contains the sucrose a disaccharide…
    25 March 2017
  • Dempsey
    Re: Sugar Free Brownies
    Awful recipe, stay away! I thought the process was slightly odd and the batter was like dry and crumbly. I added some milk to make it smoother…
    22 March 2017
  • Sugarplum
    Re: No Sugar Fruit Cookies
    Strawberry and banana cookeries , really bad recipe how anyone got to having a 'dough' is beyond belief . It was very runny , complete…
    16 March 2017
  • Jiya
    Re: No Sugar Muffins
    Wanted plain muffins...Made the blueberry muffins (without blueberries) and could taste too much honey. But the next batch we made, we just added…
    15 March 2017
  • Big T's Mom
    Re: No Sugar Fruit Cookies
    Total disaster. Followed recipe exactly and the mixture was far too wet. Disappointed that I now need to work out how to save this runny…
    12 March 2017
  • SugarFreeRecipes
    Re: No Sugar Sponge Cakes
    Liz - Your Question:Hi we made the first recipe today for our daughter's first birthday. We doubled the ingredients and used butter instead…
    28 February 2017
  • Liz
    Re: No Sugar Sponge Cakes
    Hi we made the first recipe today for our daughter's first birthday. We doubled the ingredients and used butter instead of margarine and…
    26 February 2017
  • Moejoe
    Re: Sugar Free Nut Brittle
    Nut brittle recipe. 3 table spoons of water with the sugar, when you leave it to boil it solidifies! , certainly not enough liquid to add…
    9 February 2017
  • KWarner73
    Re: Sugar Free Brownies
    Glad a read the comments first, trying to do sugar free February, so used a fruit sugar syrup instead of honey and added milk to improve the…
    5 February 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the SugarFreeRecipes website. Please read our Disclaimer.