• Makes 1
  • 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 13 Ingredients

Spread this Date and Banana Bread with a dash of butter for a healthy school snack … the kids will love to see this in their lunchboxes!

Ingredients (makes 1 Large loaf)

  • 1/2 Traditional rolled oats
  • 1 TBS Coconut oil
  • 1 TBS Pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup Mashed ripe banana
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 3/4 cup Pitted dates, chopped finely
  • 2 cups SR flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarb soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Coconut oil (extra)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 10cm x 20cm loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. Combine walnuts, oats, coconut oil and maple syrup in a bowl. Place half the walnut mixture on a baking-paper-lined oven tray. Bake 10 minutes or until golden; cool.
  3. In a food processor, mix banana, extract, Greek yoghurt, buttermilk and dates until smooth
  4. Sift flour, soda and baking power over banana mixture, add extra coconut oil, cinnamon and roasted walnut mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon mixture into pan, smooth surface. Sprinkle with remaining walnut mixture
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. If the oats on top start to brown up too quickly, cove the cake with alfoil loosely for the first half of cooking and then uncover for the last part to finish browning up.
  7. Leave in pan 15 minutes, then turn, top-side up, onto a wire rack to cool completely.


If you are not sending this to school, add a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts; the added crunch makes this Date and Walnut Bread even more amazing.

  • I would like to get this for my snack at work!


  • A good variation – thank you .


  • There are so many banana bread recipe options now. Thanks for a healthy version, I’ll give this a try.


  • Looks lovely and wholesome !


  • Great idea! Plain banana bread is quite boring now


  • Delicious!


  • Sounds very healthy. Thanks for this recipe


  • I love date loaf and banana bread. I had never considered combining them both, but think it’s a great idea. A match made in heaven.


  • Great flavour combinations! Yum. This one is a keeper.


  • This looks tasty and healthy.


  • Great recipe – thanks for sharing.


  • This sounds lovely, especially with the dates. I have everything in the pantry and even a couple of ripe bananas. I’ll make this tomorrow :)

    • And how did it turn out for you ?


  • Sounds very nice.thank you for sharing


  • I am baking this recipe this afternoon thank you xx


  • Was all excited I have all the ingredients got to method no food processor. Looks delicious though!


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