Delicious Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread

My husband thinks I’m particularly odd since I only eat bananas when they’re verging on green. Unfortunately, I can’t excuse myself by saying it’s for a specific health conscious reason – it’s just me!

So, when a friend of ours recently gave us a rather large bag of bananas I knew I’d have to do something with them pretty soon. I decided to made banana bread, and this one is a real winner. It’s very moist, and simply delicious. And, it’s had a bit of a low fat makeover to boot.

Banana, Date and Pecan Bread


  • 125g low fat spread
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk or buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried pitted dates


  1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180 C. Lightly grease and line bottom of a 10 x 20cm loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the spread and sugar together until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Sift the flour and spices together, returning husks to mixture. Fold into this mixture with banana, coconut, milk, pecans and dates. Spoon into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean and dry. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve, or toast.

Nutritional info per serve: 924kJ, 9.5g total fat (2.7g saturated fat), 29.8g carbohydrate, 3.4g dietary fibre.

You can use any nuts you prefer (I used walnuts), and I also substituted the dates for sultanas which worked well. For a different twist you could also replace the banana with grated zucchini or carrot.

Recipe comes from a magazine here in Australia, called “Everyday Food” (issue 3).

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startcooking November 9, 2007 at 11:02 pm

This recipe looks delicious! You don’t find many banana bread recipes that includes coconut and dates. I can’t wait to give this one a try! Cheers! Kathy


Melanie November 10, 2007 at 11:23 am

Kathy – It really is delicious! I ended up making double and got a couple of loafs and a few extra muffins from the mixture. So, I have some in the freezer for another time, which is excellent!

Let me know what you think too.


Scott Jankins October 18, 2008 at 5:32 am

I tried this recipie lastnight, and it turned out great. The dates were a nice touch. It seems like bananas are the rage these days. Anyone here abou that Morning Banana Diet in japan? People can’t even find them on the supermarket shelves

Scott Jankins’s last blog post..Morning Banana Diet Secret


Melanie October 18, 2008 at 9:59 am

Hi Scott,

I’m glad you liked the recipe. I will have to bake this again myself , it’s a while since I made this.

Thanks for letting us know about the Morning Banana Diet, I hadn’t heard of it at all. It’s interesting, and at least isn’t as radical as the other so-called ‘diets’ out there.

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