Banana Date Walnut Bread

Banana date walnut bread on a cutting board

 

Quick breads and muffins are super popular. They’re easy to make and are a great introduction to baking for people of all ages. Anyone who’s looking to get kids interested in the kitchen, easy baking recipes like this are perfect. It’s pretty difficult to make mistakes with them 🙂

 

Walnut nutrition

Like all nuts, walnuts have a decent amount of fat, and contain protein (4.3 g per ounce), as well as, potassium and magnesium. Walnuts are also one of the best sources of the plant form of omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid or ALA. The same one ounce serving (14 walnut halves) provides 2.5 g of ALA. While this is an impressive amount, ALA omega-3 is not the same as omega-3 EPA, DPA and DHA from fish and seafood. They’re uniquely beneficial; omega-3 from plants is not the same of the omega-3 from marine sources.

 

Walnuts are also one of the best sources of vitamin E, specially the gamma tocopherol form which has unique health benefits.

Shelled walnuts in a wooden bowl on a wooden table topDate nutrition

Dates are a fruit extraordinaire. They have prebiotic fiber which helps to promote the growth of good gut bacteria. They’re also chalk full of phytonutrients and antioxidants; it’s not just about goji and blueberries. They are also a great source of potassium. While bananas have had a great marketing campaign for their potassium content, other foods are also a great source.

 

Dried dates on a cutting board

Banana nutrition

What’s not to love about bananas? Of course we all know that bananas are a great source of potassium but they’re also a good source of prebiotic fiber. Bananas are pretty much universally liked by everyone. They have a mild flavour that pairs well with other foods and spreads. This is one reason way banana breads have wide appeal; you can use almost any nut butter with them or other toppings like jams or jellies. A definite treat would be a very thin layer of Nutella.

 

Sliced banana in bowl on wooden background

 

Whether you like banana bread, date and walnut or banana nut bread, this version’s got you covered by combing all of them together in one loaf. Perfect for breakfast with a coffee or latte, or as a snack any time of the day

Banana Date Walnut Bread

This is a quick bread classic, a blend of two different styles: banana bread and date and walnut all in one. Perfect for breakfast with a coffee or latte, or as a snack any time of the day

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 c oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/8 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 c chopped dates plus 1/2 a tablespoon of flour
  • 3/4 c chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line the bottom of a l lb. loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper and sides of the pan.
  2. Combine the salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves with the flour. Set aside.
  3. In your electric mixer, beat the egg, sugar, and oil together. Add the flour mixture in and mix until combined well.
  4. Add in your vanilla extract, yogurt, and bananas. Mix until the batter is somewhat smooth.
  5. Toss the dates with the 1/2 tablespoon of flour (this will prevent the dates from sinking in the batter). Stir in the chopped dates and walnuts. Pour your batter into your prepared pan.

  6. Bake for approximately 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Doug Cook RDN is a Toronto based integrative and functional nutritionist and dietitian with a focus on digestive, gut, and mental health.  Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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