Pistachio and Date Cake 

So the season has moved from autumn to spring (almost non existent) and now summer. Because Ramadan is earlier this year, summer has really taken on a great taste for Arabic inspired desserts rather than the usual fruity stuff. This is a recipe for a pistachio cake from no other than my mother in law! The recipe is so easy. I would also like to report that I have taken up drinking coffee for the first time in my life, and not just any coffee but Arabic Turkish Coffee. I don’t even know if I said that correctly? It’s the dark one, you get it. The influence was my father in law. So this post has “in law” written all over it! 

This cake is perfect next to it! I reduced the sugar by more than half and threw in some dates. Guys, it’s so good. You know how everyone has their “thing”? Mine definitely isn’t cakes with cream and icing. Mine is just plain, pound like style cakes so that I can give to kids as a snack whenever I want. They enjoy it and I don’t feel bad. 
Extra important note: Ryan enjoyed the cake which means he ate pistachios. For all he knows he sees it green so it’s a ninja turtle cake apparently. ✔️


1/2 cup of pistachios. I blended mine so well to make sure Ryan (remember the extreme picky eater) doesn’t notice. Otherwise you can just pound them with an old school garlic mortar and pestle. 

1/2 cup vegetable oil 

2 eggs 

1 tsp vanilla 

1 tsp rose water 

1 3/4 cups flour sifted 

1/2 sugar (original recipe says 1 1/2 cups) 

2 tsp baking powder 

1 1/4 cup Milk 

Pinch of salt 

Mix everything together and then add…

10 dates pitted and torn into four small chunks. You can add more and stir. 

The end! 

Another week, Another Banana Cake

Another week, Another Banana Cake

Cakes are a great way to get some sort of nutrition into my picky eater. My cakes are not sweet and are not junky. They are perfect for school lunches, an every day snack with a side of fruit and even for breakfast! I’m always trying different banana cake recipes and I think I found a great one! It’s from a book from the American University of Beirut. It’s called “Abundance”. The university compiled a load of recipes from their alumni and friends and this Banana Date Walnut Cake recipe was in it. I altered it a little because, well, you know it’s nice to add your own touch to things sometimes! And also because I had some pistachios I wanted to finish with 🙂 

Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think! And don’t forgot to follow me on Instagram @onceuponapot for more simple food recipes. Much love! 

Banana Date Walnut Pistachio Cake with a hint of Orange Blossom 

Method and Ingredients: 

  • Preheat oven to 180C or 350F
  • Gather all the wet ingredients and beat them well
  1. 3 eggs 
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  4. Add 3/4 cup sun flower oil 
  5. Add 1/2 cup yogurt 
  • In a separate bowl add the dry ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour 
  2. 3/4 tsp baking powder 
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • Mix the dry ingredients and slowly add it to the wet mixture
  • Fold the chopped nuts and dates to batter. I preferred to completely ground the nuts so my son wouldn’t feel them and it was perfect
  1. 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts and pistachio)
  2. 1 cup chopped and pitted dates 
  3. 1 cup mashed bananas (the darker the better)
  4. 1 tsp orange blossom water 
  • Grease a pan, pour batter in it and pop in oven for 45 min or until toothpick comes out dry. 

Lakelands Cake in Mug! A 2 minute treat!


cake in a mug


Cake in a mug? What!?

So this mug goes into my box of only open when the kids are becoming annoyingly irritating and I need something to find common ground again. It’s so kid friendly so the children really become immersed into the activity and end up feeling like they’ve accomplished something out of this world. I don’t blame them. It’s freaken genius!

I am by no means advertising for Lakeland, but yes this is yet another product from there that I want to obsess over. It had all the markings inside to tell you how much of each ingredient is needed so no extra measuring cups needed! Yay!

Add everything inside, pop in the microwave, watch it cook for two minutes and enjoy. Kids have automatically become best friends again and my life is back in check.

You’re welcome.

Tip: Each microwave is different. My Cake was ready in two minutes although the mug says three.