This Banana Date Bread is a healthy twist on a classic. No added sugar and spelt flour instead of wheat flour. Dairy-free option is also available!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: banana date nut bread, healthy, sugar free
Author: Jovita | Yummy Addiction
6oz. (170g)pitted dates
2cups (250g)white spelt flour
a dash ofnutmeg
1/2cupunsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2largeeggs, at room temperature
3very ripebananas, mashed with a fork or potato masher
1/2cupwalnuts, toasted and chopped
8dates, pitted and halved, for topping
Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Set aside.
In a small food processor, blend the dates and buttermilk until smooth. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
Cream the butter with a hand mixer in another bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Mix in the date and buttermilk mixture, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract.
Slowly stir in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Do not over stir. Gently stir in the walnuts. The batter will be thick.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top. Gently press the date halves into the batter. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes on a wire rack before removing from the pan.
Dairy-free option: You can use almond milk or any other nut or seed milk instead of buttermilk. Butter can be substituted with coconut oil.