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Banana Date Bread

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!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana date nut bread, healthy, sugar free
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 451kcal
Author: Jovita | Yummy Addiction


  • 6 oz. (170g) pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups (250g) white spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened to room temperature
  • 2 large eggs , at room temperature
  • 3 very ripe bananas , mashed with a fork or potato masher
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts , toasted and chopped
  • 8 dates , 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.


Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 68.3g | Protein: 7.8g | Fat: 18.6g | Cholesterol: 78.7mg | Sodium: 340.9mg | Sugar: 34.5g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 7mg