It’s been a while since I did some baking so when I found myself with some ripe bananas I decided to whip up this banana date & walnut loaf! It made the perfect weekend breakfast treat, and then the rest was shipped off to work to share with my colleagues!
I altered a recipe I found on Taste
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1tsp bicarb soda
- 1tsp nutmeg
- 2tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 large (or 3 medium) ripe bananas
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 125g dates
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Sift together the flour, bicarb and spices then mix through the brown sugar and salt
- In a separate bowl mash the banana, then add the eggs and milk and whisk to combine
- Pit the dates and chop into small pieces and add to the banana mixture
- Fold in the flour mixture until just combined, then roughly chop the walnuts and fold through
- Spoon into a lined loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, until lightly golden and a skewer comes out clean
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely
I love that thanks to the dates this loaf doesn’t need much added sugar, so it at least feels somewhat healthy! I’ll never go past the crunch of a walnut either! I love that this recipe requires very little prep time – it really is just mixing the ingredients together and away you go.
If you want to make this banana date & walnut loaf a little more decadent I recommend slathering your slice with some lemon curd – it’s so good. I mean, butter works well too, but lemon curd is seriously next level. Yum!