This little treat is substantial enough to keep you happy all day. It’s not terribly sweet despite the dates and banana, and get this—you can make it gluten-free, and it’s just as happy a plate of wonderful.
¼ cup whole wheat flour (spelt or almond flour would do just as nicely)
¼ cup oats
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch baking powder
1 or 2 (depending on their size) dates, chopped
Slosh vanilla extract
1/3 ripe banana
4 teaspoons non-dairy milk (I like almond)
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 fresh plums, pitted and sliced thinly
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 5-inch baking pan. I used an oval casserole.
- In a small bowl. Combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Mix them well.
- Using a blender or food processor, whirl the dates, vanilla extract, banana, milk, and vinegar for a bit. It will be a little lumpy.
- Add the date mixture to the flour mixture and combine it well.
- Plop the batter into the bottom of your baking pan and spread it out, making the surface flat. Arrange the plum slices artfully on top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before pulling it out of the pan and slicing it. It has just the right amount of chew to go with your cuppa.
- Leave off the plums and add dried thyme to the dough instead of cinnamon, and top it with olives for a savory version.