Date and Coconut Loaf (Paleo, Gluten Free)

IMG_1253 (640x427)Counting our blessings takes practice. Going through life, it is very easy to take things for granted or see our challenges as huge. The “big picture” is often not seen as we focus on the difficulty that we are facing currently. 

I saw Asher having a mini melt down when I took his toy car away the other day (because it was lunch time and we eat first then play). It reminded me that to him, it must feel like the end of the world when something upsetting happen. The “big picture” is that he learn how to focus on his food and hunger/full cues and not be overly distracted (Which he usually is) if he has a toy car in hand at the same time. 

Applying this in our adult life can be somewhat tricky. Hubby and I were talking about our goals and plans for this year as a family and as a couple. We spoke about our work and the direction this year may bring. There is a level of uncertainty for me as I’m currently on a contract till mid year. We pondered questions such as is it the right time for me to increase my days of work, or continue my current hours. We discussed our travel plans. Then we talked about his work and career path. IMG_1250 (640x427)

Sneakingly, those doubtful words creeped in. “Oh what if my contract does not get renewed or I’m not offered a permanent position?” I asked anxiously. Hubby then spoke about how nice it would be to work closer to home or one with more flexibility. oh and “Oh too bad we cannot travel to whatever place for some time”. 

Then it hit us. Have we missed the point completely? To count our blessings that we have jobs that pay the bills, and a house to return to. Food on our table, and clothes that we can wear. Time on the weekend that we spend together as a family. Friends that we trust and speak to. Technology that allows us to connect with overseas family and friends. 

We may not know what is around the corner. One thing for sure, is that we need to count our blessings that we are together as a family. Yes, those uncertainties will always be present. God’s big picture may not always be revealed. IMG_1254 (640x427)

This year, we are learning to take deep breathes and roll with what may come our way. 

I made this Date and Coconut Loaf out of a whim one afternoon. It’s light and crumby and goes very well with Earl Grey or coffee. My delight is when Asher wants “more cake” and when hubby returns home after a hard day at work, and have something sweet and freshly baked for him. IMG_1252 (640x427)

Date and Coconut Loaf
Serves 10
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
  1. 4 Medjool Dates soaked in warm water for 5-10 minutes and chopped finely
  2. 1/2 cup of Almond Meal
  3. 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  4. 2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk
  9. 1/2 tablespoon of rice malt syrup
  10. juice of half a lemon
  11. 1 tsp of vanilla
  12. Topping: 1/4 cup of crushed walnuts, 1/4 cup of cacao nibs and cinnamon
  1. Preheat Oven to 180C.
  2. Line a Loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. Whisk eggs, almond milk, rice malt, lemon juice and vanilla in a jug. In a bigger bowl, combine almond meal, coconut, cinnamon, baking powder and soda. Fold wet to dry. Fold in dates last. Spoon into tin and top with walnuts, cacao nibs and sprinkle of cinnamon over it.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.
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