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Banana and date loaves

  • 0:20 Prep
  • 0:30 Cook
  • Makes 12


  • Vegetable oil, to grease
  • 300g fresh dates, pitted, coarsely chopped
  • 185ml (3/4 cup) water
  • 150g butter, chopped
  • 450g (3 cups) self-raising flour
  • 155g (3/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 3 medium (about 300g) overripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar, to dust


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush twelve 160ml (2/3-cup) capacity non-stick mini loaf pans with oil to lightly grease. Place the date, water and butter in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir until butter melts. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  • 2
    Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Gradually stir in the date mixture, banana, egg and vanilla until just combined.
  • 3
    Spoon batter among prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside in the pans for 2-3 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 4
    Arrange banana & date loaves on a serving platter. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.

Source: taste.com.au


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