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I accidentally made this recipe because I didn't realise there was a difference between prunes and dates. Plus I added in the lemon rind. Diabetic friendly - one small piece though!


  • 170g prunes. halved

  • 1/2 tspn bicarb soda

  • 4 tspns grated lemon rind (more to taste if you like)

  • 200g low fat cottage cheese

  • 2 cups wholemeal self raising flour

  • 2 tblspns boiling water

  • 60g low-fat dairy-free margarine

  • 150g firmly packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tblspns wheatgerm


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 160 C or 140 C fan-forced. Grease 14cm x 21cm loaf pan, line base and two long sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm above edges of pan.

  • 2.

    Combine prunes, the water and bicarb soda in a small bowl, cover and stand for 5 mins.

  • 3.

    Using electric mixer, beat margarine, rind and sugar in small bowl until light and fluffy. Add cottage cheese, beat until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined.

  • 4.

    Stir in flour, wheat germ and prune mixture, pour into pan. Bake uncovered for approx 1 hour. Stand 10 minutes, then turn onto wire rack to cool.


You can also heat this through and serve with ice-cream.

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