Refined Sugar Free Banana Cake

There's so much contention over the terms 'Sugar Free', or 'Refined Sugar Free' or 'Fructose Free'. Since we stopped adding refined sugar to our lives I have struggled to explain the way we eat to those who have asked.

For a while I said 'Sugar Free', then 'Refined Sugar Free'. Last week I got sick of trying to find a name for it and simply said 'We don't eat food in packets and we don't add sugar to things.' It makes me grumpy that there needs to be an explanation for how we eat. I want to shake people and say 'JUST EAT REAL FOOD'. I don't think sugar is 'evil' or 'bad', I just don't think it's necessary to add to food. We get enough natural sugars from unprocessed foods that I don't want to add anything extra. When you cut out refined sugars, it's amazing the changes that happen to your body. All food tastes sweeter and more complex. Ordinary smells smell sweeter. A heady bouquet of flowers will knock my socks off now. And then, when you do indulge in sugary treats, they're either AMAZING or so sickly sweet.

Ahem, I digress.

A fellow follower of 'The Nutrition Guru and The Chef' mentioned that she was looking for a sugar free banana cake recipe. My sister's been making one religiously for years and I always scoffed until recently. I was delighted to taste it and have it be as good as I'd hoped. Even better, it had been under my nose for my entire adult life in my staple favourite cookbook 'The Commonsense Cookbook'.
I thought I'd share it with you here, so you too may experience the deliciousness that is the Sugar Free Banana Cake. Although in the interests of proper food labelling and Giving Our Healthy Diets A Particular Slant, I present to you...

Sugar Free Banana Cake

aka the Refined Sugar Free But Includes Dates Which Have Natural Sugars In Them And Oh Yes, There'sBananas In There Too Which Are Also A Naturally Sweetened Food Banana Cake. Milk Also Has Sugars In It. Then There's The Carbs In Flour.
F**k it. It's Cake and It's Good.


1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp mixed spice
60g butter
1 egg
1/2 cup finely chopped dates
4 ripened mashed bananas
1/3 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 180oC.
  2. Grease two bar pans well. (I use a loaf tin and a mini muffin pan)
  3. Sift wholemeal flour, plain flour, baking powder, soda and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl.
  4. In another mixing bowl cream butter, egg and 1 tbsp of dry ingredients. Beat well, then stir in dates and bananas.
  5. Fold in remaining flour mixture alternately with milk.
  6. Spread mix into pans bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool in pan for half an hour, then turn out. I like it with butter on top. Oh yum!

I don't have a picture for this one, you'll have to trust me. It's delicious!