Banana Date Bread

My family loves this variation on the traditional comfort food of banana bread. This version is truly moist, lower fat, and packed with nutrients.

Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin C and fiber. The addition of dates and walnuts to this recipe not only heightens the flavor but also its healthful values.

Dates are rich in iron, fiber and antioxidants, aid in digestion and boost energy while walnuts are an excellent source of antioxidants and omega-3’s.

Banana Date Bread

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dried dates (I love Hadley’s!)
1 egg
3 large bananas, mashed
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of an 8x4x2 loaf pan; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients; flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and dates.

In another bowl, combine the egg, bananas, sugar, and cooking oil. Add egg mixture all at once to the dry mixture. Stir just until moistened. Fold in nuts.

Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in a 350 degrees oven 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool and serve.

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.