Banana bread (or muffins)

Looks like there are as many banana bread recipes as people who make it. After testing out a few recipes, I came up with my favorite combination. The bread is delicious, soft, made entirely with whole-wheat flour and without processed sugar. And of course, you can make it without too much fuss. 🙂

You will need

  • Around 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 10-12 fresh Medjool or Mazafati  dates
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 large or 3 medium bananas (use those ugly ones with brown spots)
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 full tsp of baking soda
  • Cinnamon to taste (if you ask me, add A LOT :))
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • Around 1 cup dried fruit (raisins + chopped figs is my favorite combo)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts of choice

How to make

Peel the dates, remove the seed and put them in a food processor. Add bananas and make a paste. Add olive oil, eggs, honey/maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and mix everything together.

Now, add the baking soda and flour to the mix and mix them in gently with a whisk, just until combined.

Finally, add raisins, dried figs (and nuts, and anything you want, really). Fold them in gently with a spatula.

Pour the mixture into a bread tray lined with parchment paper. If you’re making muffins, this amount is enough for 12 pieces.

Bake the bread/muffins in a pre-heated oven at 165˚C (330˚ F). The bread takes 50-60 minutes, and the muffins 20-30. Either way, bake them till they are golden brown ( ♫ texture like sun ♫ ) and until a toothpick comes out clean.

Tips and tricks

  • It’s easier to peel the dates if you soak them in hot water first for a very short time (30-60 seconds should be enough).
  • You can use a hand mixer to mix everything together. You may need to mash the bananas and dates with a fork first, but if you have a powerful mixer… Just put them in a bowl and let it do all the hard work. 🙂
  • Even though there’s no added sugar, for my taste this bread is sweet enough thanks to the banans, dates, honey, and dried fruit. If you like it sweeter, you can add more honey (or whichever sweetener you prefer), just make sure to increase the amount of flour.
  • After you take the bread out from the oven, leave it in the tray for 5-10 minutes. Remove it from the tray and leave to cool down on a rack for another 20 minutes. This will make it easier to cut.

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