Banana and Date Bread

I just made date and banana cake from the recipes at Natural Evolution. WOW it turned out beautifully and tastes amazing. I half expected it to be quite a heavy cake, but it’s not.

I changed some things. I used raw caster sugar and Natvia (the baking version of Stevia). I also used softened butter not melted and creamed it with the sugar first. (read somewhere that makes cakes lighter). And I used olive, not coconut oil.

I bought my flour from “The Produce“, a bulk food shop in Ashgrove which sells green banana flour (and anything else you could ever want).


Banana and Date Bread
This wonderful Readers Recipe contains minimal sugar and uses banana flour. It is definitely a great recipe to try if you want a healthier treat with your next coffee.
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 1 loaf
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 60 g raw caster sugar
  • 40g Natvia
  • 3 small or 2 large ripe bananas mashed
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 100 ml milk
  • 80 g pitted dates, chopped
  • 220 g green banana flour
  • 2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • crushed walnuts, cinnamon and sugar, for top crusting
  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC
  2. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy
  3. Add bananas, eggs, milk, olive oil and dates
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until batter becomes lighter in colour.
  5. Pour mixture into a lined bread tin.
  6. Mix walnuts with cinnamon and raw sugar and sprinkle over the top of the mixture. And gently press into the top of the mixture.
  7. Bake approx. 40 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
I'm not sure how accurate the baking time is because I forgot to start the timer!!


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