Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf

by Caryn Lawrence
Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf


This classic date, walnut & banana loaf is perfectly moist, not overly sweet and packed full of flavour. 

Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf Recipe

I have been experimenting with this date, walnut & banana loaf for a while and I am finally happy with the outcome. I have the fondest memories of baking with my gran as a little girl, me kneeling on a kitchen chair so that I could be tall enough to see exactly what she was doing. One of the cakes she loved baking was a Date & Walnut Loaf, as it was a family favourite. My gran would often let me mix and add ingredients because I would nag to assist her and she would rather give in than listen to my constant groaning and mumbling… It makes me smile just thinking of those good old days!

Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf - Before Baking

I used the date & walnut loaf as a base recipe but made a few alterations.  I wanted my recipe to include banana as this meant that I could drop the sugar quantity. I added sour cream as it adds to the moisture and mouthfeel of the loaf. I also recall the days my grandmother softened the dates in a bicarb and hot water mix, but to be honest I prefer the use of freshly chopped dates, which means the “softening” step is not required in this recipe.

Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf Baked

A  few weeks ago I went on a spur of the moment holiday to the Wilderness (Africamps Wilderness) and I had a bunch of ripe bananas and some leftover sour cream in the fridge. I thought that instead of letting those ingredients go to waste I will make a date, walnut & banana loaf to take with as it really a quick recipe to put together.  This loaf does not require anything further to be done to it once baked which adds to its simplicity although you can add some butter if desired.

Nature in the wilderness

I discovered that this loaf makes for easy travelling as  I sliced it before leaving home and then just wrapped it up securely. Now tell me, is there a better way to enjoy a pit stop than with a slice of date, walnut & banana loaf in one hand and a coffee in the other? In my opinion, I would say, NO as this combo was the perfect match. The leftovers were had for breakfast the next morning as this loaf keeps really well. It can also be easily frozen and taken out at a later time.

Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf Sliced

If you ever find yourself with a bunch of overripe bananas on the shelf, then why not give this super delicious Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf a try and please let me know what you think. Your comments are most welcome!

Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf
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4.67 from 3 votes

Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf

This classic banana, date & walnut loaf is perfectly moist, not overly sweet and packed full of flavour. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Cake & Tea
Cuisine: Baking
Keyword: Banana, Date, Loaf, Walnut
Servings: 1 Loaf

Ingredients

  • 125 grams Butter
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 cup *Ripe Banana's (Mashed)
  • 150 grams Dates (Fresh, Chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups *Spelt Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 50 grams Walnuts (Chopped)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius.
  • Mix the sugar and the butter until combined. Add the eggs one at a time until light and fluffy. Add the mashed banana, chopped dates, sour cream and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Sift dry ingredients together and slowly fold into the wet mixture. Finally fold in the chopped walnuts.
  • Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin (Garnish with nuts if you desire) and bake for 55 - 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in tin for 5 - 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Ensure loaf is completely cooled before slicing. Enjoy!

Notes

*Ensure bananas are fully ripe as it will result in a better end product.
*Replace spelt flour at a ratio of 1:1 with cake flour  

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Date, Walnut & Banana Loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 363mg16%
Potassium 365mg10%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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