Spicey Orange and Date Loaf

1/2 cup freshly squeezed warm orange juice
1 cup pitted dates minced in food processor
1/2 cup dried apricots minced in food processor
1 egg
1/3 cup olive oil
zest of 1 orange
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon cardamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius
2. Grease 20cm x 20 cm tin and line with baking paper including up the sides
3. Place the warmed juice, minced dates and apricots in a bowl and set aside
4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, soda and spice together.
5. In another larger bowl put oil, syrup and egg and add the date mixture till combined.
6. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula till combined.
7. Bake in warmed oven for about 18 minutes, or until the centre of the loaf is clean when tested with a fork.
8. Place on a wire rack. Taste delicious served warmed with butter. Good for the lunch box.