Mmm, a nice spicy loaf that's sugar and dairy free. It's from the April/May 2015 issue of Little Treasures magazine. Kelly Gibney founded the Bonnie Delicious blog, full of wholesome recipes.

1 1/2 c dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes then drained well
1/4 c melted coconut oil or butter
1 1/2 c ground almonds (can be with or without skins)
1/2 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)
3 tsp ground ginger
tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 heaped tsp baking powder
tsp vanilla extract
5 eggs, lightly beaten (I only had 4 but it turned out fine)
1 heaped cup of cubed pear
extra pear slices to decorate

Preheat the oven to 165°C. Place the dates in a food processor and blend to a puree. Add the remaining ingredients, except the pear, and blitz.

Pour the batter into a bowl and stir through the pear. Pour into the loaf tin. Decorate the top with pear slices.

Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden and a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool on a wire rack.

Will keep for four days in an airtight container in the fridge.