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Date Banana Nut Bread

Date Banana Nut Bread

Hello there! Today’s recipe is a wonderfully delicious and easy-to-make quick bread that only has nine ingredients.

It also has no eggs, no butter, is refined sugar-free and is coincidentally vegan too. I didn’t mean to make that happen, but it did.

The resulting bread has a satisfying crispy crust that’s almost toasty in flavour and a dense, yet tender inside dotted with creamy dates pieces and crunchy walnuts in a sweet (but not too sweet) banana bread.

The Medjool dates give this bread a scrumptious rich caramelized flavour that you need to try!

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Date Banana Nut Bread!

How to make this make this banana bread?

Medjool date paste in a food processor.

Place the Medjool dates into a food processor and blend until it forms a soft paste. Full ingredient amounts and complete instructions listed in the recipe card down below.

Medjool date paste, mashed bananas, and hot water mixed together using a wire whisk in a metal bowl.

Stir together the date paste, mashed bananas, and hot water together until well combined. In an another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until well-distributed (not shown).

Date Banana Nut Bread dough topped with walnuts in a parchment paper-lined loaf pan.

Add the banana-date mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.

Tip: Whisk until just-combined (no more dry ingredients can be seen). Over-mixing may result in a tougher bread.

Fold in the walnuts and then place it in a parchment-paper lined loaf pan.

Freshly baked Date Banana Nut Bread in a parchment paper-lined loaf pan.

Top with extra walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-75 minutes until a wooden skewer (or cake tester) comes out clean.

Note: The bread cracks slightly on top. I covered some of it with walnuts (because I was poking that area with a skewer to test for doneness), but it looks great either way.

Two slices of Date Banana Nut Bread on a white platter with the rest of the loaf on a wooden platter behind it.

Looking for more desserts made in a loaf pan? Check out these two!

Sliced Date Banana Nut Bread surrounded by Medjool dates on a round wooden platter.

This Date Banana Nut Bread:

  • Is delicious!
  • Is easy to make: There are only nine ingredients!
  • Vegan and refined sugar-free: Perfect for those with these dietary requirements.
  • Is yeast free so you don’t need to proof the dough: No proofing means saving time because you don’t need to let the bread rise first.
  • Uses ingredients that are usually easy to find at your local grocery store or are pantry staples.
  • Is simple to put together: It takes around 10 minutes to put this loaf bread together. The majority of time it takes to make this banana bread is spent baking in the oven.
  • Is shareable and portable: Share it with family, friends, or take it to work to share or eat as a snack.
  • Is great to have for breakfast or dessert too: Serve it with a hot cup of coffee or tea or with a glass of milk.
A loaf of banana bread with Medjool dates and walnuts surrounded by fresh bananas and dates on a wooden platter.

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Date Banana Nut Bread

Date Banana Nut Bread

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

A delicious vegan banana bread recipe featuring a crispy crust and soft inside. This bread requires no proofing and is refined-sugar free using dates for sweetness.


  • 1 packed cup (10 oz / 15-18) Medjool dates, pitted
  • 4 ripe bananas (1 lb.), mashed
  • ½ cup boiling hot water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, plus more for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the dates in a food processor fitted with an S-shaped blade. Blend until the dates break up and form a soft paste.
  3. Place the date paste along with the mashed bananas and hot water into a medium bowl. Using a wire whisk, stir well to combine. Set aside.
  4. In large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until well-combined.
  5. Add the date-banana mixture to the dry ingredients. Whisk until combined (you can no longer see the dry ingredients). Then using a spatula, fold in the chopped walnuts until distributed throughout the dough.
  6. Spread the dough evenly into the loaf pan and sprinkle with more walnuts on top. Bake for 60-75 minutes until a wooden skewer (or cake tester) comes out clean in the center.
  7. Let the bread cool slightly in the loaf pan before eating. Best enjoyed warm.


  • Store cooled bread tightly wrapped with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Nutritional information represents one slice of bread for a total of twelve slices.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 123mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

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Sunday 24th of January 2021

Quick question: Can almond flour ne used instead of all purpose flour?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Hi Taffney, unfortunately I've never made a flour substitution in this recipe so I can't try you for certain how it would turn out.


Tuesday 18th of August 2020

I just made this and it tastes as good as it looks. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe I wish I could attach a picture

Marie | Yay! for Food

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

Thank you so much, Aracely! If you have an instagram, I'll be happy to share your picture on my stories.


Wednesday 11th of September 2019

Hi! Tried this and loved it. I like the chewy crust. I omitted the walnuts not my fav nuts and I didn't have any on hand. I did add some ground oats and chia seeds. Just wanted to ask for future baking, what other nuts do you think would compliment this besides walnuts?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Wednesday 11th of September 2019

I'm happy to hear that you loved this bread! Instead of walnuts, I think that pecans, sunflower seeds, or chopped almonds would be fine substitutes.


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Oh my! I love dates and I bet they’re wonderful in this bread. There was a place in the desert of California where dates grew and they sold date shakes! Incredible.

Marie | Yay! For Food

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Date shakes sounds so good! I like to add dates to my breakfast smoothies. It adds great natural sweetness!


Friday 30th of November 2018

I love dates! This is a great recipe to try soon. Thanks for sharing.

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 30th of November 2018

You're welcome Suzy.

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