Dairy-free hazelnut, chocolate and banana loaf


A few weeks ago, Freddie and Sasha were diagnosed as being cow-dairy intolerant (more on this to follow). Obviously as a family who like their food, and with children who are (thankfully) good eaters, this foray into a dairy-free zone has been a little challenging (wot, no cheese guv?!), although we are starting to get used to it.

Luckily, I’m not afraid to don my pinny and give something new a bash, so the other weekend, I decided to give my version of a dairy-free chocolate loaf cake a go. This is the first time I’ve ever made a cake through instinct alone (good job I was writing down how much of everything I was using as I went along!), and amazingly it turned out really well. I bunged all the ingredients into our Kitchen Aid mixer (yup, I’m technical like that), before tipping them out into a greased (dairy-free, natch) loaf tin. I then baked it in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees c) for 45 minutes, until a skewer came out of the cake clean. It really is THAT easy, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it (tis perfect with a cuppa!).

You will need:

  • 3 mugs* self-raising flour
  • 1 mug caster sugar
  • 2 packets of dairy-free chocolate buttons
  • half a cup dairy-free cocoa powder
  • handful of chopped walnuts
  • 1 egg
  • 1 mug hazelnut milk (I used Alpro)
  • A large banana, mashed

*I just used a standard-sized tea mug for measuring most of the ingredients.

Linking up with Honest Mum’s Tasty Tuesdays! 



  1. July 22, 2014 / 10:50 am

    What a fabulous looking bake! Keep it up! (^___^)b

  2. July 22, 2014 / 4:18 pm

    Glad I am not the only one who has a relaxed approach to measuring! And glad it turned out so well too. Took us a while to get to grips with Boy’s milk intolerance, by which time he seemed to have outgrown it and was allowed back onto dairy (just as well as he never took to the Pepti Junior!). Looks like you have created a super cake you can all enjoy.

    • July 24, 2014 / 9:06 am

      Thank you Sarah! It’s been a big adjustment, especially because we’re all big foodies and cheese especially has been a big part of our diets, plus we like to eat out a lot! F & S are being tested again after 3 months, and I’m hoping they’ll be able to eat small amounts of dairy i.e. when out, at parties, an ice cream at the park etc.

    • July 24, 2014 / 9:07 am

      Thank you! It’s always good to have a few up your sleeve if you are catering for people with special dietary requirements!

  3. The Free From Fairy
    July 24, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    Sounds and looks lovely! We are dairy free and gluten free so I may well give his a go with gluten free flour. Looks super simple. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Honest Mum
    July 28, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    Dreamy! So up my street-nuts hate me so would omit the nuts. I need this in my life NOW! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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