Preheat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4
Unless the dates are already soft, soak them in boiling water until they soften, then drain and blend or chop into a puree.
In a large mixing bowl mix together the olive oil, blended dates and vanilla extract with the psyllium husks and water (or egg if using).
Next add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, carrots, oat drink (or milk), cider vinegar and nuts. Mix until well combined then transfer into a greased muffin tray.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180C/fan for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool in the tin.
To make the icing, mix the nut butter and syrup together until smooth. Spread over the cooled cake. And decorate with finely chopped nuts and pieces of date.
By TOM HUNT
Tom's manifesto, 'Root to Fruit' demonstrates how we can all become part of the solution, supporting a delicious, biodiverse and regenerative food system, giving us the skills and knowledge to shop, eat and cook sustainably, whilst eating healthier, better-tasting food for no extra cost.