Banana and Date Loaf

I haven't done any baking for ages and at 6am this morning suddenly got an urge to get the Kitchen Aid out. I'd bought some dates in the hope of trying a sticky toffee pudding - but it never happened. So rather than them languishing in the cupboard I decided to use them in this wonderful sticky moist loaf. Needless to say I always have over ripe banana's in my fruitbowl too.

I'm eating a slice now and it is really delicious - give this one a go!!

130g stones dates, chopped
2 ripe Banana's, mashed
1 TBSP Golden Syrup
90 unsalted butter
90 Soft Brown sugar
2 eggs
2 TBSP Milk
280g Plain Four
1 TSP Baking Powder
1/2 TSP Sea Salt
1/2 TSP Cinnamon

Step 1: Preheat oven to 190c. Add dates, banana's and syrup to large bowl and mix
Step 2: Cream butter and sugar then add eggs and milk. Sift in flour, baking powder, salt and Cinnamon and mix thoroughly
Step 3: Mix creamed mixture into banana and dates and then spoon into a 20cm loaf tin (buttered) and bake for 60 minutes.


  1. Dates are a great addition to banana bread. I bet it was so good and moist.

  2. Wish I had a hot slice of that with butter on it for breakfast this morning

  3. Banana bread is the best way I know to use up over ripe bananas. This looks delicious, it would make a great breakfast.

  4. Really love all kinds of banana cake - the addition of dates sounds like an excellent idea. Yum.

  5. never thought of adding dates to a banana bread before. What a wonderful idea!

    Looks fantastic!

    Katie xox

  6. Mmmm, I haven't had this in so long, it looks soooooooo good!

  7. I bet this tasted scrummy. I love dates but for some reason I haven't had any for eons. I like bananas too, but unfortunately they don't like me.

  8. I also meant to say, I can't believe you got the urge to bake at 6am!

  9. Dates and banana are the perfect combo. Great looking banana bread :)

  10. I can't believe you were awake at 6am!! Like everyone else has said, banana and date are a great flavour combo... reminds me a bit of mum's date loaf. That is to say, of course, that it looks delicious, Beth!

  11. Looks delicious. :) If you do decide to give the sticky toffee pudding a go, I highly recommend this recipe: It's the best I've ever made.

  12. Oooh now this looks good! Thanks for sharing.

  13. I bet that was a moist, gorgeous loaf - I love dates in my baking.

  14. I haven't had dates for a long time - I am sure this bread is delicious!

  15. Wow, that sounds really great and what a good combination of dates, bananas and golden syrup! I would never have thought of it, but I may well try it :)

  16. I'm always on the hunt for new ideas for banana bread, this looks great!


  17. This banana bread sounds really good with the addition of dates.

    Rosie x

  18. Hi! I stumbled upon your site and I am so glad that I did!

    I live in the US and I'm not sure what golden syrup is. Is it corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, agave syrup? Or will any of these work?


  19. Hi Kat - golden syrup is a very pale treacle (very popular in baking over here). I would probably use honey as a sub.


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