Sticky Date and Oat Cake

Prep Time 10
Cook Time 35
Ingredients 13
Difficulty medium
Servings 12

A sensational way to celebrate a special event or birthday. Enjoy this rich sticky date and oat cake which has less saturated fat and more dietary fibre than your average cake.

Sticky Date and Oat Cake

© Recipe and image kindly provided by Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company


  • 2 C pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 60 g reduced fat margarine
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1/2 C self-raising flour
  • 1/2 C rolled oats
  • 1/2 C soy or dairy milk


  • 2/3 C water
  • 1/2 Tbs cornflour
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs reduced fat margarine


  1. Pre-heat oven to 170°C
  2. Line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper
  3. Place dates and water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil
  4. Remove from heat and add bicarbonate of soda
  5. Leave to cool for 5 minutes then puree until smooth
  6. Place margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy
  7. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
  8. Fold in date mixture, flours, oats and milk and pour into a prepared tin
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes
  10. Syrup: Mix together cornflour and a small amount of water to form a paste
  11. Gradually add remaining water and place in a saucepan
  12. Add brown sugar and bring to the boil
  13. Reduce heat and cook for 1-2 minutes
  14. Whisk in margarine

Dietitians Note

This cake may be lower in saturated fat and higher in dietary fibre than your average cake but remember it is still a treat food – save for special occasions and enjoy as per serving size.

Nutritional Information (per serve)

Energy (kJ) 825
Protein (g) 4.0
Total Fat (g) 6.0
Saturated Fat (g) 1.0
Carbohydrates (g) 30.0
Sugar (g) 19.0
Dietary Fibre (g) 3.0
Sodium (mg) 105
Potassium (mg) 325

Disclaimer: The above recipe meets the nutrition criteria set by Diabetes NSW. However, the opinions expressed on do not necessarily reflect the views of Diabetes NSW.