Date, Walnut and Banana Bread

Ever feel like the week started without you?  I’m not alone feeling this way because yesterday was garbage day and the Mr. didn’t put the bins out to the road.  “It’s Tuesday??” he said.  It felt like Saturday to me and now it’s Wednesday morning here in Australia.  I lost Monday completely.

All is not lost.  My next door neighbor Fran came over with home made chilli jam and sweet chilli sauce.  Both are really good and made in her brand new Thermomix.  She left with a pot of home made butter I’d just finished.  While she was here she told me all about trapping a huge mud crab off her pontoon yesterday and how she steamed it and how good it tasted.  She took it out of the water and cooked it within 20 minutes.

chilli jam and chilli sauce

So of course the Mr. dashed outside and got our crab pots out and put them in the water.  Do we have a crab this morning?  No.  Were the chicken frames still in the pot?  No.  Fran gets crabs after we feed them, apparently.  Tomorrow is another day.

I did make an amazing banana bread with walnuts and dates.  I wanted a bread that was different than my standard recipe.  It’s not that I don’t like my mother’s gold standard bread but some days you just want to venture forth.  I’m glad I did because this banana bread is really good.

banana date and walnut bread

If you’ve got bananas that are too ripe to peel and eat – bake a banana bread.  Don’t have time today?  Freeze them until you’re ready.  I do it all the time.  That way if you only have one overripe banana you don’t need to buy more to make bread. Some people freeze the bananas in the skin but I remove the skins and wrap them tightly in tinfoil and pop them in a plastic bag in the freezer.

Making a banana bread takes only a few minutes and I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy it with or without a big slathering of butter.  I made my own butter to go on the bread.

Do you make butter often or have you ever made it?  I started making butter one day when I had cream that was going to go down the drain if I didn’t use it in something.  It was AMAZING.  I’ve been making our butter ever since.  The ingredients are:  cream.  No preservatives, no nothing extra.  Plain butter.  I do add some salt if we’re going to eat rather than cook with the butter so that would be two ingredients, sorry.   You whip the cream until it turns to butter, then pour off the buttermilk and make muffins with it.  Rinse the butter with very cold water and mix in some salt to taste.   Think about it.  You’ll thank me.

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Date, Walnut and Banana Bread
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This is a banana bread you'll be proud to give as a gift. Moist, delicious and gone in a day.
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
  • Butter or shortening to grease the pan
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • ½ cup (75g) self-raising flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g butter, melted, cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup chopped dates
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C. Grease and line the base and side of a loaf pan.
  2. Into a large bowl, sift the flour to combine, then stir in sugar, cinnamon, walnuts and dates.
  3. In another bowl whisk butter and eggs together.
  4. Stir in mashed bananas.
  5. Add to dry ingredients and add vanilla extract.
  6. Stir to combine - do not overbeat and then place batter into prepared pan. Smooth the surface.
  7. Bake for 45-50 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack (if you can wait that long)
  9. Serve warm spread with butter.




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  1. says

    I hate when I lose track of the days!! Leaves me confused for an entire week!
    And your bread looks delicious. Nothing wrong with tweaking an already tasty recipe! And I can only imagine how good it is with homemade butter… wow!
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  2. says

    I have been thinking of you lately because I just had finger limes. They’re out of season here and ridiculously expensive, but I’ve been told native and affordable down under. Do you cook with them? Any fantastic recipe suggestions once they’re back in stock in the PNW?

    Anyways, onto bigger and better things like Banana Bread. YUM! I love the addition of dates and walnuts. I can’t wait to add some to one of my weekly batches.

  3. says

    I love freezing bananas for later use – I do it all the time too! Not too long ago I made banana bread and froze some of the loaves. It always is a treat to take one out when I’ve been lazy and haven’t baked in a while. Your bread recipe looks delicious. Lot’s of goodies in it!

  4. says

    I love the idea of dates and walnuts in this. I think both go brilliantly with bananas and in baked form I imagine the result would be wonderful. I’ve never liked butter though – slimy stuff! – so my slice would be plain :) Or with nut butter, which is crunchy enough to do away with the sliminess…

  5. says

    Ha-my Monday was nothing but chaos, so I am glad it is over!
    I have always made banana bread with add ins. Plain banana bread is bland to me. I have never tried adding dates and it does sound like a tasty idea. Bravo to you for making your own butter, I wish I was that dedicated! Have a great day.

  6. says

    Hi, there Maureen!

    It seems so delicious the Date, Walnut and Banana Bread you made. I can’t wait to make it by myself using my Zojirushi BB-HAC10 bread maker.

    I saved and printed your recipe. Your instruction is really clear and easy to follow. I think I can make it! Thanks for posting the recipe! I’m looking forward to your next recipe.

  7. says

    Wow–sounds like quite the week, thus far! Glad you Ventured Forth; I love your addition of dates. And I do have a bunch of cream lying about. Maybe I should just make some butter. Thank you. :)

  8. says

    Dear Maureen, Love reading your posts. It is just like you are talking to me.
    I will try to make butter one day. It is something I have not yet tried.
    I do feel like the week passes and I am still trying to catch up! There are many times I did not put the pails out for the garbage! You just loose track of the day.
    Anyway, I am writing a letter instead of a comment.
    The banana bread looks great. I would love it with a slab of butter.
    Blessings dear, Catherine xoxo
    P.S. Thank you for all of your kind wishes and comments. I am sorry that I am behind in my visits.

  9. says

    Okay, another banana bread recipe different than my own that I have to try. And I have never thought to put yummy dates in mine! Great idea! And although I have never crabbed, we did go to the marshes outside of Nantes to collect crawfish. Real American red crawfish! We came home and husband cooked them up! Scrumptious!

  10. Haley says

    I’m trying this for the first time.. It’s in the oven and so far smells great!

    It wasn’t until it had gone into the oven and I was cleaning up that I realised I had forgotten the vanilla essence.. Then re reading the recipe I see that you have missed out the vanilla in the method. I assume it would go in step 3 or 4…?

    Can’t wait to try it if the smell is anything to go by!



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