Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Banana Date Bread

I am always looking for ways to make tasty baked goods with less sugar - this recipe is my greatest success yet! This bread relies solely on fruit, bananas and dates, for sweetness. Alfred has a BIG sweet tooth and he didn't miss the sugar at all! So, this is one treat you can feel good about serving yourself and your loved ones!

Banana Date Loaf (Makes 1 Loaf)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract or Rum
2 Tablespoons Oil (I used olive oil)
2 Tablespoons Boiling Water
1 Cup Pitted Dates, diced
2 Cups of Flour (because I made this for Alfred I used 1 Cup All Purpose, 1 Cup Whole Wheat, you could also use a gluten-free all purpose flour blend if that suits your needs)
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch Salt
3 large, very ripe Bananas, mashed thoroughly or pureed
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 Cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil and flour your loaf pan so the bread will not stick.
2) In a large mixing bowl, combine the vanilla/rum, oil, hot water, and dates. Set aside.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
4) Use a fork to gently mash the date mixture then mix in the bananas and egg.
5) Stir together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined.
6) Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and sprinkle the chopped nuts on top.
7) Bake the bread in the center of your oven for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool on a rack or a plate.

Enjoy a slice for breakfast, tea time, or dessert!

As usual, I've also included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Friday Foodie, Family Food Fridays, and Friday Favorites. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!


  1. I would love to pair it with coffee or tea. I have obsessions when it comes to banana cake. I find it YUM lol anytime of the day, i love to eat banana cake

  2. Greetings Daphne :)! We buy quite a lot of bananas each week - and most weeks we end up with 1 or 2 that get too ripe before we can eat them. If I don't want to make banana bread right away I just peel the over ripe fruit and freeze it. Then I have a stash of banana bread bananas handy all the time :). I agree it is one of those yummy comforting treats that's good just about anytime!

  3. I hadn't eaten a date in any form for years, maybe decades until, we bake bread with dates in them, in one of my baking groups. I found out, they are sweet and luscious and can only improve any recipe.

    Now, if I have time, I can try this and not be afraid of the dates.

    Thanks for linking such a good recipe to My Meatless Mondays.

  4. We LOVE Banana bread, this would be a new one to try for us! Come check out my blog too, we are linky up Pumpkin Recipes, if you have one, we'd love for you to share it with us!

  5. ohhh I love to make stuff with dates! they come out so soft and moist with less sugar too.

  6. Sweet and Savory - Dates are one of my favorite natural sweetners, they are great combined with finely chopped nuts as a tart crust, great in my morning oatmeal, and make a great filling for cinnamon rolls! My hubby loves to snack on them with walnuts and hot tea - it is very popular in his native Persia.

    Mom's Crazy Cooking - thanks for dropping by and for letting me know about the link-up I headed right over to link up my pumpkin soup recipe!

    Laura - I agree completely!

  7. What a luscious dark-looking loaf. I'd like to have a slice with my coffee in the morning.

  8. Hi Ashlie and Alfred,

    This looks unbelievably amazing! I love banana bread and looks like it would be extra sweet with the addition of dates. Yum! I posted this recipe in my favorite recipes from last week post. Thanks!

    ~Aubree Cherie

  9. Hi Aubree - Thanks so much for choosing our recipe as a favorite - we love visiting your blog too! Happy Friday! -Ashlie

  10. Thanks for supporting the gluten free family.

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  12. This was delicious! I have been looking for things to bake with no sugar or butter, and am so pleased with how this turned out. Not sure how you meant to lightly flour the pan (came out a little chalky on the bottom). Maybe I'll just stick with oil only next time. But thanks for the great recipe!! I will absolutely make this again