Banana Bread

Well. This was an unexpected delight!

When I logged in to my Instagram yesterday, I saw Banana Bread Challenge! Well, I love a challenge and I love Banana Bread! So… as I had nothing else pressing to do except sit in the garden 😛 I took up the challenge and invented this delicious new recipe!

It’s good! Much easier ingredients than my previous banana bread recipe on here and different to the banana muffins recipe. There isn’t much left! Like really not much left! 😛 Oh well, it was all in aid of charity! 🙂

5 from 1 vote
Banana Bread

A moist light banana bread, studded with sweet juicy dates with a crunchy sugared topping.

Keyword: banana bread, banana cake, banana loaf, bananas, recipes
Serves: 1 loaf
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 1 tablespoon ground linseed / flaxseed (or 1 egg equivalent)
  • 3 tablespoons water (to mix with the flax)
  • 300 g bananas (approximately 3 medium) Plus extra for decorating if required
  • 50 ml oil (I used olive oil)
  • 80 g sugar (I used a mix of brown & white)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 210 g plain flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 90 g chopped (destoned) dates (the softer the better) plus a bit of flour for dusting
  1. Mix the flaxseed with the water and set aside to thicken.

  2. Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl until you have a lumpy puree.

  3. Stir the oil and the sugar into the bananas. Add the vanilla to the flax and add this in too.

  4. Add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate, cinnamon and salt and gently mix in until everything is combined.

  5. Dust your dates with a sprinkle of flour, then fold them through the cake batter.

  6. Spoon into a lined or greased loaf tin and gently tap the tin on the worktop to make the cake level. Decorate with extra banana if desired and a sprinkle of sugar (brown is best for this). Bake at Gas Mark 4 (350f / 180c) for 50-60 minutes. The cake is cooked when it is pulling away from the sides of the tin. Allow to cool in the tin for at least 30 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.

  7. Enjoy! 🙂

I really hope you get a chance to make this! I know you’ve got more bananas than you know what to do with! 😛

Anyway, there is another challenge I’m contemplating now… it’s called the 2.6 challenge! As it would have been the London Marathon this Sunday (26 April) then the challenge is on to do something for 2.6 (or 26) miles or minutes or times! So, for example you could walk 2.6 miles, spend 2.6 minutes hula-hooping (that’s harder than it sounds)! do 26 keepy-uppys, ooo, maybe I could bake 26 cakes! 😛 Who wants to join the challenge? Drop me a line below to give me some more ideas! It’s for charity of course but don’t feel you can’t join in if you can’t donate at the minute! I’d love to know what you decide to do! 🙂

For now though… let’s have cake! 😛

Slice of banana bread on a flower patterned gold rimmed cake plate with a cake fork.

I’m sharing this cake over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday, this week co-hosted by Mollie @ Frugal Hasfrau Come over and join the party! 🙂

If you’re at a loose end this weekend (read bored of the lockdown and needing something different to do)!

How about start your Friday night off with another Musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber

Love Never Dies 7pm (UK time) Friday (available for 24hrs in UK, 48hrs elsewhere).

Saturday morning you could take a tour around Buckingham Palace!

Saturday afternoon and evening how about a stop at Stonehenge where you can also look at the skies above the Stone Circles!

Sunday… well, you’ll be doing your 2.6 challenge won’t you! 😛 then recovering! 😀

Whatever you get up to, have fun, stay safe, keep well and speak soon!

Laurena x


  • Eva Gallon 24th April 2020 at 15:47

    Hi Laurena, I’ve been making variations of banana bread practically every other week lol, I shall add this to my repertoire… But I’m quite sure I’ve already made it (and thoroughly enjoyed it)??

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 26th April 2020 at 10:54

      Eva this is a perfect one and much improved from my last recipe!Thumbs up from everyone!? I need to make another one already! Hope you’re having a good weekend. ?

      • Eva Gallon 26th April 2020 at 16:28

        Hi Laurena, it’s been a very summery weekend over here, I’m assuming the same where you are too. Wearing masks (or any mouth/nose covering) will become compulsory in our region from tomorrow, luckily we found some reusable ones at a nearby pharmacy. Hope all’s good with you. Ramadan Mubarak?

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 26th April 2020 at 18:53

          Thank you Eva! Oh gosh… compulsory masks! Have some of the restrictions been lifted now? There have been loads of people out & about in the sunshine… it’s unbelievable how many people have been walking past!

          • Eva Gallon 26th April 2020 at 20:30

            I heard schools are reopening this week (we live opposite a primary school, it has been nice and quiet for a while?). As far as people being out and about, it’s been like that around here since the start of the lockdown! You will always see families even with little kiddies on their bikes or joggers running around and hikers. Events with large crowds have been cancelled for the rest of the year, I believe. Have a good week and take care☺

          • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 26th April 2020 at 21:04

            Oh! Wait… school with masks?! Our local events are cancelled (at the minute) until 1st August. You have a good week too. x

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      Thank you for sharing!??

  • frugal hausfrau 29th April 2020 at 00:05

    Oh my gosh, banana bread with Dates!!! I love it!!

    Thanks for joining us at Fiesta Friday this week!!


  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 1st May 2020 at 13:07

    What. No eggs and with olive oil?! Banana bread never sounded so great and healthy before! I’ll do the 2.6 challenge with you. How bout I eat 2.6 portions of this banana bread? Just kidding! if I do the challenge, I’ll do something less trivial, promise.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 1st May 2020 at 14:06

      Angie this did make me giggle, thank you! I gave some to a neighbour (who I’ve just met at our weekly stand on the doorstep and clap-for-carers 2 minutes) and this week she told me how amazing it was, how her son woofed it down, and had I thought about selling it!?! I haven’t told her it was vegan yet!!! So, try it… you’ll be amazed! It’s a great recipe! 😀

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