Banana bread is a staple baked good at our house, but we were getting a little too used to sweetening with semi-sweet chocolate chips (and actually becoming a bit tired of it!). We have recently all become big fans of dates and their natural sweetness – it works really well in this recipe and gives it good body and moisture. You won’t miss the chocolate chips in this loaf!
prep time: 15 min bake time: 25 min yield: 1 regular sized loaf
what you need:
- 1 heaping cup pitted dates
- 3 large very ripe bananas
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
what to do:
- Roughly chop dates and soak in about 1 cup of hot water (use your kettle not tap water) in a bowl.
- Preheat your oven to 350 F convection. If you do not have a convection oven, then you will have to bake your loaf for longer at the same temperature.
- In a mixer (or using hand-mixer), beat bananas with sugar until smooth and light.
- Add egg, melted butter and vanilla to banana mixture and incorporate well.
- At this point I like to use the melted butter remnants to brush my loaf pan to prevent the loaf from sticking.
- In a separate bowl, roughly mix together dry ingredients (just a fork will do) – the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, chia seeds and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat just until mixed (do not over mix!). Use a spatula to scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Fold in greek yogurt.
- Drain dates from water and add them to the mixture (they will be softened by now), Gentle mix / fold to incorporate dates.
- Pour batter into buttered loaf pan (and place loaf pan on a cookie sheet if you wish for easier handling, especially if your loaf pan is silicone). Bake in centre rack for 25 minutes (45-50 minutes if you do not have a convection oven). It is ready when it is golden brown on top and toothpick comes out crumbly / almost clean.
- When cool enough to handle, remove loaf and cool on rack – slice warm and ENJOY!
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