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Jane’s Banana, Date & Walnut Loaf – Super fuel

Jane’s Banana, Date & Walnut Loaf – Super fuel

Jane’s Banana, Date & Walnut Loaf, good fuel for Marathon training apparently. Delicious,  moist and reasonably healthy – or alternatively also immensly enjoyable with your feet up and a cuppa :-)

Really perfect for using up those fruit bowl bananas! You now the ones I mean, those that lurk brownish in the bowl avoided by all!

The kids and adults seem to love it too. So why not make a loaf and stick it in the cake tin, wonderful!

Please have a go and let me know how you get on, please leave me a comment below, I love your comments

Many Thanks Clare


  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 75g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas (about 450g)
  • 50g walnut halves or pieces
  • 50g of pitted dates

Preparation Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C / Gas5
  2. Grease and line a loaf tin (1 lb about 9″ x 5″) – use a loaf liner EPLS :-)
  3. Sieve flour, bicarbonate and salt into large bowl
  4. Rub in the butter then stir in sugar and egg. It will be a bit dry and look like a crumble mix
  5. Mash bananas. Beat into cake mix and add nuts and dates
  6. Spoon into prepared tin
  7. Bake for 20 mins at 190C /Gas5 then turn down oven to 180C/Gas4  and bake for another 20 mins or until a skewer stuck into the middle comes out clean
  8. Removed from the oven and leave to cool in tin for at least 20 minutes
  9. If you want to decorate it just melt a spoon of apricot conserve, jam or glaze in the microwave.
  10. Brush on and decorate with banana chips or walnuts


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Kirsty Hijacked By Twins says:
Oh wow this looks and sounds so good! I could do with a slice right now! x #RecipeoftheWeek
    Clare x says:
    Thanks Kirsty - let me know if you give it a whirl :-) #Recipe of the week Cx
Delicious Cakes to Bake this month! says:
[…] Banana, Date and Walnut Loaf […]
Jane says:
Note to self and all AGA owners it's perfect for 30mins on grid shelf on floor then 20mins with cold shelf above
Marta @ petiteraisin.ca says:
Ohhh dates and walnuts! I'm sold! #recipeoftheweek
Alison says:
This look lovely, perfect with a cup of tea I am sure
Honest Mum says:
This looks so succulent and juicy! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x
Helen at Casa Costello says:
This looks so wonderful - healthy but without the feeling of missing out on a treat. We have featured your recipe in this week's BritMums foodie roundup to be published tomorrow. Hope that is ok x
    Clare x says:
    That's great thanks Cx
Ilka says:
I looove Banana Bread when I'm in Marathon training, you are so right! :):) This banana bread recipe with walnuts and dates looks outrageously yummy! Pinning and stumbling for later!
Alison says:
This looks and sounds lovely. I love dates and adding them is inspired
Bill says:
This cake looked so good i had a go at making it. Loved the result so much that that i switched it up a wee bit by adding seedless raisins soaked in hot fresh orange juice then drained when fat and juicy, replaced the caster sugar with Demerara sugar, added a teaspoon of ground ginger along with a teaspoon of cinnamon and topped of the wet mix with 35ml of Buillet bourbon. The cake takes a wee bit longer to cook as the ingredients are a bit wetter than the original. The cake however delivers the ultimate foodgasm when you top a cold slice with real butter and home made blackcurrant jam !
    Clare x says:
    Sounds amazing - thanks for the comments Cx
Fatcow79 says:
This is the yummiest banana loaf I've eaten in a while :) I tweeted it a tad & used half brown & half castor sugar , & added a tsp of brandy essence to the mix. And yes always good with a slathering of butter...straight out of the oven...the best. Thanks for such a great recipe. I'll be using this again & again for sure 😄👍
Maggie Smith says:
This recipe was very easy to follow ,I used date nectar instead of sugar and added ginger as another flavour .Moist consistency and tasted surprisingly good .
David says:
Saw your recipe and as we love anything with date and walnuts, I decided to try it. Great result first time, and that was using Bertolli instead of butter and reducing castor sugar slightly. May add a little nutmeg or cinnamon next time.
    Clare x says:
    Sounds great David - thanks for your comment Cx
Helen Struminskyj says:
Hi loved this cake, very easy to do, and I am not a baker. First cake in years. Just had lots of left over bananas dates and walnuts from Christmas. Only comment I would make would be to reduce the sugar a bit as its very sweet.
Sheila Swaine says:
Fabulous cake,I am making it now for about the 10th time.a great way to use up ripe bananas that no one want to eat
    Clare x says:
    Oh so great to hear! Thanks for your message x