Banana Date Bread

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Faith MoserFaith Moser is the creator of eco ike {organic baby t’s + cookbooks full of yummy, healthy and quick recipes for kids and grown-ups}! If you want your kids to grow, live, eat & play green, visit ecoike.com. 

So many banana bread recipes… why make this one? It is downright delicious, so moist, and it literally melts in your mouth! The wonderful combination of bananas, dates and almond flour is scrumptious. This recipe will instantly become a favorite! To take it over the top, serve it warm with butter.

Almond flour is essential to this recipe. It is not always easy to find (most natural food stores and some large grocery stores carry it), and it is expensive, but it adds a delicious flavor, texture and moistness to this bread.  For some variation, add cinnamon or nutmeg and 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts.

 banana date bread 

1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 ripe organic banana, mashed
1 egg
7 ounces (almost 1 cup) buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup almond flour
3/4 cup all-purpose or wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup organic dates, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter for 30 seconds. Add the sugar to the butter and mix for 30-60 seconds until combined.

3. Add the banana, egg, buttermilk and vanilla; mix for another minute until thoroughly combined. 

4. Add the almond flour, all-purpose flour and baking soda. Mix for 30 seconds until combined. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. 

5. Stir in the dates.

6. Spoon the batter into the loaf pan.

7. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.