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Banana Loaf with Dates and Walnuts

Jane’s Banana Loaf with Dates and Walnuts

Jane’s Banana loaf 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 

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


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

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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  • 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 350g)
  • 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


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
Anonymous says:
Delicious, even my fussy daughter loved it - it smelled so good in the oven she couldn't resist trying a slice. I added a maple glaze
Anonymous says:
Delicious, even my fussy daughter loved it - it smelled so good in the oven she couldn't resist trying a slice. I added a maple glaze instead of the suggested topping and it worked really well.
    Clare x says:
    Super to hear - Thanks for your comment Cx
Sandy says:
I haven’t got any dates. Could I use figs instead or just leave out altogether? Thanks
    Clare x says:
    Either Sandy - let's me know how you get on :-) Cx
Charlotte says:
Love this recipe, I've made it loads of times now with the leftover bananas we get delivered to work each week
Charlotte says:
Love love love this recipe. Made it loads of times now coz everyone raves about it. Thank you❤️❤️❤️
Charlotte says:
I'm better at baking than reviewing ?
rosey says:
lovely recipes
Andrea says:
So easy to make. I also added cinnamon & ginger & a wee bit less sugar. Tastes amazing thank you x
    Clare x says:
    Thanks Andrea - glad you love it Cx
Phil says:
Made this with my 7 year old daughter, super easy recipe and a great cake.
    Clare x says:
    Oh perfect Phil - so lovely to hear x
Sally says:
I speeded up this recipe by creaming together the margarine and sugar and then the eggs one at a time and then mixed in the rest of the ingredients. My family loved it.
    Clare x says:
    Really goo to hear Sally! Thanks Cx
Good Fuel Recipes - Foodies 100 says:
[…] Peasy Lemon Squeezy’s Clare says her super fuel idea is this Banana, Date and Walnut Loaf. She also says if you aren’t training for a marathon, it is perfect when you’ve got your feet […]
Tyler says:
Absolutely beautiful! I needed to put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes as it wasn’t quite ready but stunning. Moist, light and delicious. Added mixed nuts as well as the walnuts and put sliced banana and some honey on top so it caramelised. Going to be making this regularly! Xx
Julie says:
Very nice. Light. Would make a nice cake with coffee buttercream in.
    Clare x says:
    Oh yes Julie! x yum
Trish says:
Delicious ! Did I use less sugar ? Yes I did 😁 If the bananas are ripe they provide enough sweetness x
Cynschoice says:
Made this yesterday, easy and scrumpy certainly going to make another one.
Anonymous says:
Absolutely fab 👌
Paul Hutchin says:
Lovely cake tweaked it with whole meal flour and medjool dates and Dark Demerara sugar.. winner baked 2 this morning ✌🏼❤️👍🏼
Vivienne says:
This is a fantastic cake/loaf! I have made lots of banana date and walnut cakes before but this one has had the best comments from the eaters! And so easy to make and so Delicious! I added 50g of dried apricots to the original recipe! Makes it uber yummy!
    Clare x says:
    Oh sounds so lovely Vivienne X thanks so much for your comment
Moira says:
Is this the temp for a fan oven?
    Clare x says:
    Fan oven Moira - sorry Cx
Moira says:
Thank you 😊
Valerie says:
Have now made 2 of these and this is a very easy recipe with fabulous results. I am not known for my baking so it's great to have such a great recipe. Thank you very much. Yummy, delicious comments from all the family.
Baking my way through social distancing says:
OK silly question. 450g of banana? Is that weighed skins on?cos otherwise that's ALOT of banana 😂🍌
    Clare x says:
    Hi!! It's about 2 ripe bananas x
Rebecca says:
Love this bread really yummy and easy to make. I've kept it covered on a plate, how long will it last and be good to eat please?
    Clare x says:
    Oh a few days for sure hunny x
Dawn Bray says:
Just made this it was delicious and easy to make. Thank you
Dawn Bray says:
Just made this it was delicious and easy to make. Thank you
Valerie says:
So yummy and great to use up the over ripe bananas. All the family love it and great with a cuppa. Thank you for a wonderful foolproof recipe. 😊
    Clare x says:
    Fab to hear xx
Pat Walker says:
Just going to give this cake a whirl!
Helen says:
Looks scrummy !
Anne says:
Perfect bake . Lovely on its own or with a spread of butter ( yummy yum)
Monica Mukhi Nair says:
Hi just saw this recipie and planning to bake it as it sounds yum. I read lots of comments where Sugar was reduced and cinnamon added. For those who commented can you please let me know how much sugar you reduced it to and how much cinnamon powder was added as I also feel this will give it a nice touch. thanks
Jane Mc says:
This came out amazing with vegan substitutes (dairy free butter and egg replacer). Fluffy and delicious <3