Date & Cranberry Breakfast, Morning or Afternoon Tea Loaf



This Date & Cranberry Loaf recipe was given to me by my friend Amanda and has turned into a winner around here, thanks Amanda!  It just requires some planning as you soak oats in milk for 30 minutes but it’s a really versatile loaf.  It’s delicious straight from the oven with butter slathered on it or equally good for breakfast, brunch, in lunch boxes or afternoon tea whatever takes your fancy really! You can replace the wholemeal SR Flour with regular flour or a gluten free one (I did) and the nuts are optional depending on taste and if schools allow them.

I’ve made this many times now and the last time was without any sugar at all and it was still delicious.  The recipe has the full amount of sugar in it but depending on your tastes you can reduce or omit all together.  The dried fruit and honey / Rice Malt Syrup still give it some sweetness anyway.

Date & Cranberry Loaf made by hand or in the Thermomix is a winner

Time Saver Tip: Slice and freeze some pieces to be used for those days when you want something but have got nothing!  It makes about 12 slices.

As usual the traditional method is up first or scroll down for the Thermomix version.

Nothing else to say on that really but it’s good and it’s cake!

What you need:

1/2 C rolled oats

300 ml milk

2 C Wholemeal SR Flour (I used gluten free)

1 tsp baking powder

100g dates, roughly chopped (about 10)

75 g dried cranberries (roughly chop if they are round ones, no need if they are like sultanas)

55 g brown sugar (optional as the dried fruit and honey/RM syrup make it sweet enough for some)

2 tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp honey or Rice Malt Syrup

1 egg

3 Tbsp roughly chopped hazelnuts (optional) plus extra for topping

What you do:

Put the oats and milk in a bowl and soak in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180º C and line a 21 x 10 cm loaf tin.

Remove the oats from the fridge and add flour and baking powder, stir to combine.

Add dried fruit, sugar, cinnamon, honey or RM Syrup, egg and hazelnuts (if using) and mix well so all combined.

Spoon mixture into loaf tin and sprinkle extra nuts on top if using.

Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until the loaf is golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely

Scroll on down for the Thermomix version.

Date & Cranberry Loaf - Thermomix

Date & Cranberry Loaf - Thermomix


  • 55g rolled oats
  • 300 g milk
  • 100 g pitted dates (about 10)
  • 75 g dried cranberries
  • 260 g SR Flour (I used gluten free)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 55 g brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp (50 g) honey or rice malt syrup


  1. Put oats and milk in a bowl and soak in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a loaf pan with baking paper
  3. Put dates, cranberries, hazelnuts (if using) and flour into the TM and blitz speed 5 / 8 seconds
  4. Add baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and honey or RM Syrup and egg and combine Speed 4 / 6 seconds
  5. Add the oat & milk mixture and combine speed 4 / 8 seconds
  6. Pour the batter in to the loaf tin and sprinkle nuts (if using) and bake for 45 minutes or until loaf is golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean
  7. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool compleley


Do you like date & cranberries? Got a versatile Loaf in your bag of tricks?


28 comments on “Date & Cranberry Breakfast, Morning or Afternoon Tea Loaf

  1. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    March 13, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Yay! I love that this has TM instructions! Oh gosh how yummy – I’m definitely going to make this next week. It’s similar to something Mum used to make (but now can’t find the recipe!!), so this will be perfect! Actually, I’ll have to send her the link to your recipe too. Happy Fabulous Foodie Fridays! xx

    • Vicki
      March 13, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks lovely. x

  2. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    March 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Yum! Is it very sweet?

    • Vicki
      March 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Hi there, it’s not actually all that sweet but then again maybe I’m immune!

  3. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    March 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Yum! This would be great to have stored in the freezer too. Thanks for linking up with us, I hope you are having a great weekend x

    • Vicki
      March 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Good idea re freezing. Hope you have a good weekend too. Thanks for stooping by. x

  4. peregrinationgourmande
    March 17, 2015 at 6:16 am

    OK i’m saving this right away on my pinterest board. That’s a perfect regular recipe to me. Thanks lovely for sharing this! xx cathy

    • Vicki
      March 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      That is my pleasure Cathy. x

  5. Victoria Dyte
    March 19, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Looks yum! I’ll have to try it 🙂

    • Vicki
      March 19, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Thanks for stopping by. x

  6. Sharon
    July 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Made this tonight and its a winner alright…halved the sugar content and is still sweet enuf…infact will try even less next bake! x

    • Vicki
      July 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Yay! I’m glad you liked it, I will have to try it with less sugar too then, I suppose with dates and cranberries it probably doesn’t need any! x

  7. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 20, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Oh yum! This looks delicious and just the ticket for morning tea!

    • Vicki
      June 23, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      I really like this one. x

  8. Maxabella
    June 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Well, you know how much I LOVE a loaf and a date loaf is dateable in my opinion. x

    • Vicki
      June 26, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Ha, yes it is! x

  9. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    June 24, 2016 at 10:30 am

    This looks like a proper old fashioned tea loaf – the sort that deserves a good amount of butter and a peaceful few minutes to savour it in all it’s glory.

    • Vicki
      June 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Definitely a slathering of butter and I will hide somewhere for a few minutes to enjoy it too!

  10. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    June 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Is it a bad thing to admit that I kinda have an unhealthy obsession with date loaf?

    • Vicki
      June 26, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Not bad at all!

  11. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    June 27, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Date loaf is one of my favourite things! Yummy, yummy!!

    • Vicki
      June 28, 2016 at 9:24 am

      I love it too.

  12. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    June 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

    YUM!!!! I love date loaf and this version sounds great! Mum’s group is at my house this week and this loaf will be perfect! You’re a lifesaver!

    • Vicki
      June 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Enjoy Mums group – I bet they all love it when it’s at yours! x

  13. Kim @zonktdesigns
    June 27, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Nom NOm Nom!

    • Vicki
      June 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Thanks lovely x

  14. Laura | The Kiwi Country Girl
    June 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I love a good loaf recipe! I’ve been stuck on banana bread lately so I think I’ll have to try this next!

    • Vicki
      June 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

      It’s a good one. x

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