Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F).
Add dates to a small bowl and add boiling water to just covers the dates. Allow to soak for a few minutes and then mash with a folk to form a paste.
Combine all the wet ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine including the date paste.
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Don't over stir.
Add to a lined loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes. Test with a skewer, if it comes out clean it is ready. Allow to cool on a wire rack and serve.
This recipe is sweet but not super sweet like the brown sugar varieties. Feel free to add extra dates or maple if you like. I found it tasted sweeter the next day.
Cut into lunchbox sized portion and freeze. Pop into lunch boxes frozen and it will defrost in the lunchbox before lunch time.