This is a simple and delicious snack cake that I’ve made many times! It is sweetened only with dates and applesauce and makes for a satisfying treat or snack. It is also high in protein and healthy fats from the almond butter base. The texture of the cake is so fantastic you’d never guess what it’s made of.

I love making this as a snack for my 3-year-old. He feels like he’s getting a treat and I know he’s eating something wholesome. It is also a great road trip or travel snack. I like making things like this for trips so I can have a healthy gluten-free breakfast or snack in a pinch!


Almond Butter Date Snack Cake


  • 3/4-1 cup dates
  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8x8 pan.
  2. Pulse the dates in a food processor until they are finely chopped.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. (You can also chop the dates by hand and mix everything with a hand mixer. Almond butter can be tricky to get incorporated by hand)
  4. Pour into the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!

11 Responses

  1. i am a massive almond butter fan.. love how guilt free these little cakes are too. perfect for my afternoon snack!

  2. Cassie says:

    What’s the nutritional info for these. Looks delish

  3. Absolutely incredible! Super easy to throw together…plus, my toddler loved helping. Family favorite that will be in frequent rotation. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  4. Mary says:

    how does this come together with no flour, or almond flour, or coconut flour. it is all super soft ingredients.
    thank you

  5. Adrienne says:

    This turned out delicious! I added about 3 teaspoons of raw Cacao since I was craving chocolate. Perfect! So glad I found this recipe!

  6. Bronwyn says:

    This recipe is delicious! I even forgot to add the applesauce and it still turned out to be a moist, yummy cake! Thanks for sharing…this will become a regular around here:)

  7. Margaret says:

    I made this tonight for my daughter’s birthday, just a low key family dinner celebration. To make it sweeter/ an occasion cake, I added chocolate chips, and about two teaspoons of sugar to the batter. So delicious, light and fluffy and very reminiscent of a grain-based cake, and great with ice cream on the side. I was wanting a recipe like a quick oatmeal cake, and this definitely fit the bill. For recipes like this I always do the entire thing in the food processor, so everything in at once (except my chocolate chips addition) and process for a minute or two.

  8. Cathy says:

    Will this work with egg replacement??

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