Friday, July 15, 2011

Egg Free Banana Date Loaf (quick bread) Recipe

I took the Egg Free Date Muffin recipe and added bananas. Because the dates and the bananas are naturally sweet, I halved the amount of sugar (and used brown instead of white). It turned out GREAT! You could also use the recipe to make 12 muffins, just be sure to adjust the cooking time. 30 minutes should be plenty of time for muffins. Be sure to test with a toothpick.

Use vegan butter or coconut oil to replace the margarine and make this vegan. 

Makes 1 loaf or 12 muffins

1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup butter (vegan if desired)
1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup boiling water

3 medium bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.

In a bowl, mix dates, baking soda, sugar, butter, maple syrup and vanilla. Add boiling water and stir it up. Let cool for 10 or 15 minutes. Stir in the mashed bananas.

Mix flours together then stir in the date mixture until well combined. Pour into the loaf pan.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Tip: You could add nuts to this. Everyone knows they go well with banana bread! You could probably substitute the dates with blueberries or chocolate chips but I haven't tried.

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