Date Night Banana Bread

Banana Date Bread

Is it date night, yet?

Hah!

Not sure if you got the hidden joke there. Well, I love dates of all kinds… Movies, restaurants, Medjool, Neglet Noor.

I think you get the point.

This awesome banana bread can be eaten on a date, but even better is that it is made with these ultra sweet delicious date fruits, reducing the need for added sugar. Guess what? This recipe produces a banana bread with only 1/4 cup of brown sugar! How cool is that? And it’s wonderful!

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Dates are so good to snack on when those mid-day sugar cravings set in. You will love this guilt-free indulgence. Your kids (if you have any) will surely love them, too.

Here’s the recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (you can also use coconut oil)
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dates (I used Neglet Noor –  You can use any variety), plus 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl.
  3. Food process the dates and hot water until pureed. Add to the bowl with the bananas and mix.
  4. Whisk in the brown sugar, salt, spices, oil/butter, baking soda, and baking powder.
  5. Fold in the flour and walnuts until a uniform consistency is reached.
  6. Pour into a greased pan and smooth the top.
  7. Bake for 50-70 minutes. Insert a toothpick and ensure it comes out clean.

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Tips:

  • This also makes a really good crock pot recipe. Put it in a slow cooker for 3 hours on low. Two thumbs up!

 

 

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