Sugar Free Banana + Date Bread Recipe

Healthy afternoon kids snacks, the effort that we go to just to have a cute little button nose turned up at them.

What can I say about this banana + date bread recipe other than it is SO delicious. I kid you not. I was a little apprehensive at the lack of sugar but when you bite into it, and there are all these little sweet pockets of date and banana, crunchy walnuts... I'm salivating again.

We ate this toasted for breakfast (and some snacks through the day) for 4 days, and I want more. Slathered in butter and a hot coffee on the side, yummmm. I'm staring over at the bananas willing them to ripen faster so I can bake a new loaf.

Place the dates in the bowl of an electric mixer, add the hot water and allow the dates to soften for at least 10 minutes.

Turn the mixer on low speed and blend until the water has incorporated with the dates, then turn the mixer to medium low speed and beat the dates until a smooth puree forms.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out barely clean.

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and attempt to not nibble at it while it cools on a rack.

Slice and enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup dried and pitted dates (about 200g or 7 ounces)
½ cup hot water
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick or 60g) unsalted butter or unrefined coconut oil, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat or regular flour
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
3 large, ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup raw walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped (or fresh blueberries or cranberries)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Grease a 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan.
2. Place the dates in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the hot water and allow the dates to soften for at least 10 minutes. (Get the rest of your ingredients ready while the dates are softening.)
3. Turn the mixer on low speed and blend until the water has incorporated with the dates. Turn the mixer to medium low speed and beat the dates until a smooth puree forms.
4. Add the butter or coconut oil and beat until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
5. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter-date mixture and mix until just combined.
6. Fold in the mashed bananas and walnuts.
7. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out barely clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and attempt to not nibble at it while it cools on a rack.

Recipe adapted from Pamela Salzman

Recipe, Healthy, Kids

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