Banana Loaf Cake with Dates & Walnuts

Banana Loaf Cake with Dates & Walnuts

Jane’s Banana Loaf Cake with Dates & Walnuts

Jane’s Banana loaf Cake with Dates and Walnuts,  good fuel for Marathon training apparently.

Delicious,  moist and reasonably healthy and perfect for using up those bananas ‘on the turn’ in the fruit bowl 

(You know the ones that no-one touches!)


Banana Date & Walnut loaf


However even if there is no sign of marathon training (ha ha) it can also  be immensely enjoyable with your feet up, a good book and a cuppa 🙂

(I wasn’t built to run, walk yes, run noooooo!) but I still eat this Banana Date and Walnut Loaf!


Date & Walnut Loaf – Traditionally

Date and walnut loaf (without the Bananas) is a traditional bread eaten in Britain and is made using dates and walnuts.

It is quite often made with treacle or tea to give it a dark brown colour.

Apparently traditionally from Scotland, date and walnut loaf is still enjoyed in many tea rooms around the country.

So my recipe – Is it a Banana Date and walnut cake? Well maybe I guess it’s that too.

But when I think of a ‘cake’  I always expect it to come with icing and I guess I think it’ll be round?

But I love a loaf cake 


Banana Loaf with Dates and Walnuts 

This lovely recipe doesn’t need icing at all and it has added bananas!

It’s perfect just the way it is

Banana Date & Walnut Loaf


Banana Loaf with Dates and Walnuts

This loaf cake recipe is perfect for using up those brown over ripened fruit bowl bananas! You know the ones I mean, those that lurk brownish in the bowl and are avoided by all!

I also found out something really interesting!

Did you know that bananas are the UK’s no 1 fruit?

Well they are and they have lots of health benefits!

The BBC website has a great article maybe give it a read?!

The kids and the adults seem to love this Banana Date and Walnut Cake too, now that’s a result.

So why not make a loaf and stick it in the cake tin, wonderful!

So thanks Jane – what a super cake!

You can leave the walnuts out if you prefer?

Oh and maybe whack a half  banana on the top before you bake and be all fancy? It does look super cute too

I’m thinking of sharing a banana bread recipe too.

I guess this is more banana cake – but it’s oh so very good!

Also super super easy and I’d say fail-safe


Loaf Liners for your Banana Loaf Cakes?

Also before I forget, have you discovered loaf liners yet?

Oh they are fantastic, you can say ‘bye’ to trying to line a loaf tin!

I love them, so easy and you can find them in most supermarkets and they are not expensive either, amazing!


Banana Date & Walnut Loaf


Can you freeze Banana Loaf Cake? 

Yes you can 🙂 

Simply wrap well in greaseproof paper with a layer of foil and freeze 

Should keep perfectly fine for up to 3 months 

Defrost at room temp and slice and enjoy 

Your Banana Loaf Cake should keep perfectly moist in a sealed cake tin for about 3 days! If it lasts that long… 


Kitchen Kit

You lovely peeps have started to ask me about kitchen kit.

Well you need to know I use the KitchenAid  stand mixer!

It’s quite an investment HOWEVER I love it and I know I will have it for life. I see it as my essential piece of kit.

I also have lots of the attachments which I can talk about soon in another post Especially the pasta attachment!

Personally I believe this is the best stand mixer on the planet – but that’s just my view!

Anyway please have a go at Jane’s Banana, Date and Walnut Loaf  and let me know how you get on, please leave me a comment below, I love your comments


Another Banana Bake – Banana Muffins – so easy 

These little babies are super simple to make & bake that even the kids can do them 

Studded with chocolate chips my Easy Banana Muffins are a hit 

easy banana muffins with chocolate chips


Other tasty morsels 

If you like this recipe I think you might like these Blueberry and Lemon Muffins too – Just saying! 🙂 See how good they look!

Blueberry & Lemon Muffins


Another Loaf Cake 

or how about this lovely Easy Ginger Loaf, with an amazingly zingy lemon icing 

Easy Ginger Loaf Cake


Many Thanks Clare

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Banana Date & Walnut Loaf, baked and sliced

Banana Loaf Cake with Dates & Walnuts

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 334kcal
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A moist banana cake bursting with goodness


  • 225 g self raising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 75 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas about 350g
  • 50 g walnut halves or pieces
  • 50 g of pitted dates


  • Heat oven to 190C / Gas5
  • Grease and line a loaf tin (1 lb about 9 inch x 5inch ). Use a loaf liner EPLS
  • Sieve flour, bicarbonate and salt into large bowl
  • Rub in the butter then stir in sugar and egg, It will be a bit dry and look like a crumble mix
  • Mash bananas. Beat into cake mix and add nuts and dates Spoon into prepared tin
  • 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
  • Removed from the oven and leave to cool in tin for at least 20 minutes
  • If you want to decorate it just melt a spoon of apricot conserve, jam or glaze in the microwave.
  • Brush on and decorate with banana chips or walnuts


*** Nutritional Information is approximate and intended as a guide 


Nutrition Facts
Banana Loaf Cake with Dates & Walnuts
Amount per Serving
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Sounds yummy

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Claire, very yummy. I was looking for a simple recipe for this combination having followed a rather complicated one in the past. Loaf turned out well despite a 20 mins power cut about 10 minutes after I put it in the oven!
    Do you think this would work well with cherries instead of dates, I just happen to have some in the cupboard?

    1. Oh good to hear – yes probably – I do have a great Cherry Madeira Cake recipe that everyone love – just search Cherry Cake and you’ll find it
      Let me know how you get on
      Thanks Clare

  3. Dear Clare
    Many thanks for your brilliant website. Loved the Madeira cherry cake. Instructions so clear.
    Love Anne

    1. Thanks you Anne – great to hear you like them 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I make this most weeks and take it to work. It never fails.

    1. I love this – thanks

  5. 5 stars
    Doubled the recipe and made two took bit longer than time said to cook but delicious I must say glad I made two yummy 😋😋

    1. Oh great to hear Suzy – Thanks x

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