Maple Date Banana Bread

Maple Date Banana Bread

This maple date banana bread is one of those classic comfort recipes that warms and fills the whole house with delicious aromas making everything just feel better.

This moist banana bread is not only delicious, it is also easy and is naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

This recipe is a great way to use up brown bananas and you can freeze them so that they are available when you are ready to make the banana bread.

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    WHAT LARDER INGREDIENTS WILL I NEED FOR THIS RECIPE?

    For this delicious recipe all you need are these 7 ingredients:

    • Medjool dates 
    • Coconut oil
    • Maple syrup
    • Large ripe bananas
    • Medium eggs
    • Plain or all-purpose flour (BL55)
    • Baking powder

    WHAT VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS CAN I MAKE?

    Fats: If you prefer not to use coconut oil, replace it with an equal amount of butter. For an additional flavour, you can also brown the butter before using it.

    Water: I have used water in this recipe to soften the dates, but if you prefer you can use tea or alcohol such as rum or brandy as an additional flavour.

    Fruit: While I have made dates the main component of this cake you can use other dried fruits like sultanas/raisins or apricots.

    Maple syrup: If you can’t find maple syrup or you would prefer an alternative, try honey or corn syrup instead.

    Addition options: This recipe is easily adaptable, try adding 125 g of chocolate chips or nuts such as walnuts or pecans.


    EQUIPMENT SUGGESTIONS

    • Mixing bowls
    • Electric hand mixer
    • Loaf pan 2 lb (900 g),
      about 21 cm long, 11 cm wide and 7 cm high (8x4x3 inches approx).

    NUTRITION

    Serving: one maple date banana bread slice

    Nutrition information can vary for a recipe based on factors such as precision of measurements, brands, ingredient freshness, or the source of nutrition data.

    I strive to keep the information as accurate as possible but make no warranties regarding its accuracy.

    I encourage you to make your own calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.


    STORAGE AND FREEZING OPTIONS

    This banana bread is a moist cake so it will keep stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

    Freezing: It is also easy to freeze for up to 6 months. I recommend slicing it first so that grabbing one slice at a time when you want it is easy.

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    READY TO MAKE YOUR MAPLE DATE BANANA BREAD ?

    Maple Date Banana Bread

    Maple Date Banana Bread

    Preparation:15 minutes
    Baking:50 minutes
    Total:1 hour 5 minutes
    Servings: 10 slices
    This maple date banana bread recipe, has only a few simple ingredients and is naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

    INGREDIENTS LIST
     

    • 100 g medjool dates (pitted and chopped)
    • 50 ml water
    • 100 g coconut oil
    • 70 g maple syrup
    • 3 large ripe bananas
    • 2 medium eggs
    • 200 g plain or all-purpose flour (BL55)
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 pinch fine sea salt

    Preparation
     

    • Cake mix: Place the dates, water and coconut oil into a saucepan, gently bring to the boil. Allow to bubble for a minute and then remove from the heat. The dates should have started to break down into a paste – if not, heat for another minute or two. Then leave to cool.
    • Preheat your oven to 160°C fan / 350°F / Gas 4.
    • Line a 900 g (23×13 cm) loaf pan with baking parchment.
    • Mash 2 bananas, add the maple syrup and then add it to the date mixture.
    • In a separate bowl, beat the 2 eggs until well aerated and pale, approximately 1 minute. Stir in the date mixture.
    • Now sift the flour and baking powder and add to the wet egg mixture, add any additional options if you are using them and gently fold in to combine.
    • Pour into your lined loaf tin. It is quite a liquid mixture so will level out easily by itself.
    • Cut the third banana in half and lay on top of the mixture in the loaf pan.
    • Baking: Bake for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick or skewer, inserted into the centre, comes out clean.
    • Remove from the oven and if you would like the top to be a little glossy you could pour over some extra maple syrup.
    • Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the loaf pan, then remove from the pan and leave to cool or slice it into 10 slices and enjoy it warm.

    Notes

    Baking times can vary based on a number of factors. I find 50 minutes is usually about right, but it can vary depending on how hot your oven works, how big the bananas or eggs are, etc.
    If you insert a toothpick or skewer in the centre and it comes out clean, you know it’s ready but if it doesn’t know that it may take a little longer to fully bake. 
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    KEYWORDS Baking, banana bread, Cake, Quick bread

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