Banana bread, the ol’ standby for what to do with over ripe bananas. This banana bread is so good that you won’t be able to wait for those bananas to turn dark and spotty. To keep this bread clean I’ve used date sugar as the sweetener. The result is a dark, moist and flavorful sweet bread that is good for breakfast or as a snack. Just top with a little Delicious Fruit Dip (see recipe here) or do an “Elvis” and spread with some all natural peanut butter.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium size ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup date sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cups nuts (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 9×5 loaf pan with oil.
  2. In a large bowl combine date sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat in bananas.
  3. Add remaining dry ingredients and combine. Fold in nuts if using. The batter will be thick.
  4. Pour into prepared pan, place on center rack in oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until done. Insert a toothpick in center to check for doneness. If the toothpick is clean when removed the bread is done.
  5. Let bread cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 12 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 244, Cal. from Fat: 91.5, Total Fat: 10.5g, Sat. Fat: 1g, Carbs: 36g, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugars: 16.5g, Protein: 3g, Sodium: 24.5mg, Chol: 35mg

Notes:

Due to the use of date sugar the bread will be a darker color than what you may be used to. Don’t let that worry you into thinking the bread is burning. Check for doneness with a toothpick not by looks.

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2 Comments

 
  1. Nicole says:

    this sounds delicious, but i dont know where to find date sugar…? can you substitue date sugar for granulated sugar?

    • Kristy says:

      Hi Nicole,
      We avoid refined foods (natural foods that have had their coarse or fibrous part removed, resulting in a loss of nutrients) like granulated sugar because they are unhealthy for your body. Highly refined, simple carbs like high fructose corn syrup and granulated sugar are absorbed very quickly by your body, causing your blood sugar levels to spike upward and then fall quickly. This is hard on your blood glucose system, causes weight gain and increases your risk of getting diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Date sugar is just dried dates ground to a consistancy of coarse sand, nothing added or taken away. Most health food stores should have it available but if you don’t have a health food store in your area where date sugar can be purchased I would suggest trying a different natural sweetener like brown rice syrup or barley malt syrup. This may alter the balance of wet to dry ingredients in the recipe so you may need to add a bit more flour or even oatmeal if the batter seems too runny or try reducing the bananas to 3 rather than 4.~Kristy

 
 

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