The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Date Cake Recipe

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Who says vegan food is boring? Not anyone who’s tried this vegan chocolate chip date cake recipe!

This is the best because it’s delicious, has added nutrition, less refined sugar from the dates, and- it’s vegan (no animals exploitation in this recipe)!

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Picture of vegan chocolate chip date cake with raspberries on top. Text title in a box reads: The best vegan chocolate chip date cake recipe

You’ll Love this Vegan Date Cake

  • It’s delicious: Don’t be surprised if you get requests for this recipe- it’s that good!
  • Cut down on refined sugar with dates: You won’t even miss the sugar because dates provide a more nutrient dense sweetness that also contributes to the moistness of this cake. A win-win!
  • It’s vegan, egg, and dairy free: Whether you’re trying to reduce animal suffering or just want to avoid dairy and eggs, this recipe is it (because you don’t need those for a delicious cake)!

Why Use Dates?

Not only are whole dates an excellent addition to cakes for extra moisture and less refined sugar, they also provide some nutrition!

Fun facts: Dates are actually fresh fruits that are nutrition power houses.

1 cup of chopped deglet noor dates (the type I use in this recipe) provide around(1):

  • 12 grams of fiber
  • 964 milligrams of potassium
  • 28 milligrams of folate
  • virtually zero grams of saturated fat
  • antioxidants

So, if some of your goals are to include more fruit in your diet, adding dates to your cake can help without compromising on decadent flavor.


close up of a slice of vegan chocolate chip date cake with vegan whipped cream and a raspberry.

This cake goes well served with:

  • Vegan whipped topping
  • Vegan ice cream
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries


This cake should be stored in an air tight container and eaten within about 5 days.

Alternatively, you can freeze leftovers.

My guess is that if you are bringing it to a celebration or holiday gathering, you’re unlikely to have leftovers – it’s that good!

Abirds eye view cake of the vegan chocolate chip date cake wit a raspberry on top and vegan whipped cream beside it on a white fanned out plate.

The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Date Cake Recipe

This vegan chocolate chip date cake recipe is delicious, moist and animal free!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 large servings
Calories 385 kcal


  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 2 cup measures (1 cup and 3/4 cups)
  • 3 measuring spoons (teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon and tablespoon measures)


  • 1 cup vegan margarine, softened can microwave for about 10-15 seconds if needed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cup white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped dates I used deglet noor dates
  • 1 cup hot water can microwave water for about 1 minute in microwave
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips (vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix ground flaxseeds with 6 tablespoons of water, mix, and let sit for 10-15 minutes (until slightly thickened).
  • Use one cup of finely chopped dates, or chop your whole dates (pits removed).
  • Mix 1 cup hot water (can microwave water for about 1 minute) with dates and baking soda. Stir and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Put softened vegan margarine, flax 'egg,' and the date mixture with the dry ingredients and mix until well combined .
  • Mix in half a cup of vegan chocolate chips.
  • Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 greased pan, and then sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 35 minutes, or until cooked through. Let cool down before serving.
  • Optional: sprinkle cinnamon on top for added color and flavor.



  • Sure, you could cut the dates into larger chunk, but that will make the cake less moist. 
  • You can use vegan ‘mylk’ chocolate chips, but the flavor isn’t as rich with those my opinion (I’ve tried using a oat milk chocolate chips before) 
  • Berries nicely complement the rich chocolate flavor of this date cake! 
Keyword date cake, vegan

This recipe was inspired by a date cake that my mother in law made for me for my birthday! It has been slightly modified with flax ground eggs to add more volume, and optional sprinkle of cinnamon for color and flavor

It’s a classic that everyone in my house enjoys, and I’ll continue to make it for many more celebrations.

I just took it to a family gathering the other day, and people took leftovers – aka: it’s a hit!

Did you enjoy this date cake? Let me know in the comments!
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4 thoughts on “The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Date Cake Recipe”

  1. That seems kind of like a lot of sugar in one form or another to me. Since it has a whole cup of dates, i’m curious as to why it also has a cup of sugar. That doesn’t seem to be much of a reduction in sweetener to me. Can i leave out the white sugar?


    1. I think these are great questions! The post mentioned that adding dates to this cake makes it sweet with less refined sugar. Certainly, both dates and white sugar contain sugar. However, dates contain extra nutrients and important dietary components, like fiber – that make it more nutrient dense. I was comparing this recipe to several other common cake recipes that don’t use dates. Many of these can easily call for double the amount of refined sugar.
      In this recipe, the white sugar helps to add to the ‘fluffy-ness’ (if that’s a word?) of the cake. I have not tried omitting it. If it is omitted, I’m don’t think it would bake properly. You might want to look for a different recipe if you want to completely eliminate the white sugar. Again, thanks for the question! 💚

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