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banana date bread

I'll admit...I've shared this recipe before. It was a long, long, time ago, way back in the first few months of Bella Eats' existence. I claimed then that this was the best quick bread I'd made...ever. And now, 2 years and many loaves later, I'm sticking to that statement. This recipe is at the tippy top of my list of favorites, loved so much that the old photographs just didn't do it justice. And so, when the baking urge hit me mid-afternoon last week (as it does most afternoons these days) I decided to capture new images of this old friend.

I love the melded scents of banana and cinnamon punctuated by sweet dates, which take on an almost caramel flavor. Diced apple keeps the bread wonderfully moist while adding its own, very subtle, sweetness. Made without oil, with whole wheat flour, and sweetened naturally, it is not absurd to have several slices of the loaf in one sitting without feeling guilty. Add a smear of almond butter to a thick slab and you have quite the hearty and filling breakfast or afternoon snack, while a quick zap in the microwave and a thin sliver of butter make for a lovely not-too-sweet dessert.

Happy Friday, Friends!

If you've been around since the beginning and already added this recipe to your repertoire, you might notice that I've made a small change in the ingredients. Instead of the 1/2 cup of applesauce previously present, I've substituted non-fat Greek yogurt. I've found that the overall texture is improved and the bread has a better, more shapely, rise. 

This loaf freezes quite well for up to 3 months if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and again in foil. 

Banana Date Bread

makes 1 loaf


  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup fat free, vanilla, Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup peeled, chopped, tart apple
  • 6 medjool dates, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the bananas, yogurt, sugar, egg, apple, and dates. 
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.  
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of bread comes clean. Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and cool on rack completely before slicing.

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Reader Comments (15)

LOVE THIS BREAD. http://whitneyinchicago.wordpress.com/2009/05/10/banana-date-bread/

And I remember how much it made a good day out of a bad when you sent me a loaf :) http://whitneyinchicago.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/one-of-those-weeks/

01.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

I have some bananas on the counter that are begging to be made into bread, so I will definitely be making this this weekend! Thanks, Andrea!

01.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Frances

I keep forgetting to buy dates at the grocery store, for I love them in my favorite brand of granola cereal. Banana bread takes well to many dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate chips. I love your version with the yogurt.

@Whitney : I know you do! And I'm so glad you're still reading after all this time. :)
@Mary Frances : You're welcome! Please let me know what you think!
@Sanura : The yogurt is a nice addition. I have another favorite banana bread with chocolate chips and crystalized ginger, too. Yum!

01.29.2011 | Registered CommenterAndrea

It looks absolutely scrumptious!

01.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterClotilde M

I made - and loved! - your previous recipe for banana date bread, so I know I will adore this one as well! This is my kind of quick bread - whole grains, lightly sweetened with unrefined sugar, and no butter. I will be making this soon!

01.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

This would be delicious with a smear of peanut butter!

This bread sounds awesome! I'm definitely in the mood for some now!

01.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

mmmmmm, I can even smell this bread! all the tastes and textures... I'll definitely be trying it this weekend. I also love your blog, it's really inspiring.

the bread is baking in the oven as i write this. smells devine!! With just one egg and no oil/butter this is sure to be a keeper!!!
thanks a lot for sharing this :)

02.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuchi

Do you know how many calories are in a slice of bread !?? It just seems sooooo Goooodd ! But I just want to be sure it's healty and with not too calories !

01.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaude

This is now my current FAVORITE banana bread recipe!! It's just so moist and tasty, yummo!

03.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAims

Instead of using well ripened bananas which prevents spontaneous action can I substitute dry banana chips? If I pulse them, I'm adding a now dry product to the mix needing extra moisture added ...any suggestions?

04.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterpaperpushermj

And 2 Bananas = ?

04.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterpaperpushermj

@paperpushermj : wow, this is a late reply! I am so sorry. I would add more greek yogurt...maybe an additional 1/2-1 cup? You'll have to try it out and let me know...using dried banana chips is totally new territory for me!

05.26.2012 | Registered CommenterAndrea

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