One of my favorite morning treats is banana date bread. I love making it on the weekends and filling the house up with the wonderful smell of fresh baked goodies. The kids always ask for banana bread and the other day we finally had the perfect bananas for bread making so we dove right in. I love how simple and yummy this bread is, the sweetness and texture of the dates and the cacao make it the perfect bite of everything. It didn’t last long in our house, that’s for sure.This recipe is kiddo approved and my husband named it my best banana bread ever so I guess it’s worth sharing!
YOU’LL NEED// 2-3 ripe bananas 3 dates, pitted 1 egg, beaten 1 cup cane sugar 1/3 cup melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 pinch pink Himalayan salt 1/4 cup cacao bits 1 1/2 cups flour (of your preference)
For Topping: 2 cup rolled oats 1 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup melted butter
PREPARATION// Preheat your over to 350 degrees and oil or butter your loaf pan. In a nice big mixing bowl add your bananas and mush them up. I like to leave some nice chunks in there for texture! Next, stir in your melted butter. We used some yummy hand churned butter we got from an Amish family, it was perfect for this rich and delicious bread. Now add the vanilla, baking soda, salt, flour, and cacao bits. Make sure everything is well combined!
Now grab yourself a cutting board, its time to chop up some dates! Dates are super sticky once you get into them so be prepared for your fingertips to stick to everything until you make it to the sink! I cut open each one and quartered it, removing the pit. Then I chopped each section up into tiny bite size pieces. Go ahead and throw those in your batter, give it a good stir, and then you’re ready to get your bread in the pan. Pour batter into pan and then grab a bowl to prepare the crunchy oat topping! Just melt the butter you had set aside and stir in the oats and sugar. Once everything is evenly combined I topped my banana bread batter with it and popped it into the oven. Bake your bread for 50 minutes to an hour. When the top is golden brown and the inside is fully cooked remove from your oven and cool before removing from the pan. Now you are ready to slice and serve! The oat crust is really crunchy but the inside of the bread is so moist! It’s exactly what you want in a banana bread.
Let me know if you try out this yummy bread recipe! Enjoy!