Easy Banana Date and Nut Bread

By Rena |

This Healthy Banana bread is made with added nuts and dates. It is so moist, fluffy, and so delicious. Easy to make and perfect as a breakfast option or dessert.

top view slices of banana bread

We loved how this easy to make, healthy banana bread turned out and we are absolutely positive that you would too. The dates and nuts add a sweet kick and crunch to the banana bread that you will find so satisfying with each bite. Made with ripe bananas, coconut oil, coconut sugar, flour, nuts, and dates. Have this super moist banana nut bread recipe is perfect as a breakfast option or just enjoy as dessert. Nothing better than making homemade banana bread than buying an unhealthy version at the store!

Why you will love this banana bread recipe

  • So easy: It is very easy to make this healthy banana nut bread. Mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry, and combine both. Takes about 10 minutes tops to prep for this banana bread.
  • Healthy: Made with all healthy and clean ingredients like coconut oil instead of butter, and coconut sugar instead of refined white sugar,
  • Super delicious: this is the best ever banana bread recipe! you will have to try it out yourself and be the judge.
slices of banana bread with hand holding a slice

What you will need

These are what you will need to make this homemade banana nut bread. Full measurements and instructions are further down below

3 Ripe bananas

coconut oil, melted

coconut sugar

eggs, lightly beaten

vanilla extract

all-purpose flour or any other flour

whole wheat flour (see notes)

baking soda

salt

walnuts

medjool dates

ingredients to make the banana nut bread

How to make this homemade banana nut bread

Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray a loaf pan with coconut oil spray. 

Remove the pit from the medjool dates and chop them into small pieces together with the walnuts. Separate the chopped dates as they tend to stick and you don’t want a big clump in your banana bread.

In a mixing bowl mash the peeled bananas with a fork. Add in the coconut oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract and whisk well to combine.

Sieve over the flours, baking soda and salt, then mix with a spatula to fully incorporate.

Fold in the chopped dates and walnuts to the mixture.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 min, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the banana bread to completely cool before slicing it.

chopped walnuts and dates on a cutting board
nuts and dates over batter in a white bowl

Recipe notes and tips

  • Flour: Feel free to mix flour at a 50/50 ratio using any of your favorite flour. We have tested this with a 50/50 ratio of all-purpose and almond flour and it came out perfect.
  • Oil: we used coconut oil but other oil can be used like vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil.
  • Use a preheated oven. The bread will need a good 40-50 minutes depending on the oven. Use a toothpick to check for doneness.
  • Allow the banana nut bread to cool off completely before cutting through
  • You may add other toppings like chocolate chips, but not needed at all. This banana bread is sweet enough.
  • Coconut sugar: You may use any other sugar like cane sugar, monk fruit, or brown sugar. Honey and Maple syrup also work but use only 1/2 cup of either honey or maple syrup.
  • For a vegan banana bread option, you may use an egg substitute like flax seeds or egg replacers 
side shot of a banana bread slice

Some frequently asked questions about banana bread

What kind of nuts go in banana bread?

Most commonly used nuts in banana bread are walnuts and pecans. Our top choice is walnuts. Other nuts that may be used in banana nut bread are macadamia, hazelnuts, or cashews which are seldomly used but also an option.

How to store banana bread?

Your banana nut bread is good on your kitchen counter for up to 3 days so long as they are covered or wrapped. You can store your wrapped banana bread in the fridge for up to 7 days. Consider slicing them and then place in a container before storing. To reheat your banana bread, simply microwave a slice for 20 seconds.

Can you freeze banana bread?

Homemade banana bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. Cut the banana bread into slices and individually wrap each one before freezing. Thaw in the fridge the night before and reheat in the microwave.

top view banana bread

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slices of banana bread with hand holding a slice

Easy Banana Date Nut Bread

Moist and fluffy healthy banana bread made with coconut oil, coconut sugar, dates, and walnuts. Easy to make and so delicious.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 3 large spotted bananas
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or any other flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 8 Medjool dates

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray a loaf pan with coconut oil spray.
  • Remove the pit from the medjool dates and chop them into small pieces together with the walnuts. Separate the chopped dates as they tend to stick and you don’t want a big clump in your banana bread.
  • In a mixing bowl mash the peeled bananas with a fork. Add in the coconut oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract and whisk well to combine.
  • Sieve over the flours, baking soda and salt, then mix with a spatula to fully incorporate.
  • Fold in the chopped dates and walnuts to the mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 min, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the banana bread to completely cool before slicing it.

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Notes

  • Flour: Feel free to mix flour at a 50/50 ratio using any of your favorite flour. We have tested this with a 50/50 ratio of all-purpose and almond flour and it came out perfect.
  • Oil: we used coconut oil but other oil can be used like vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil.
  • Use a preheated oven. The bread will need a good 40-50 minutes depending on the oven. Use a toothpick to check for doneness.
  • Allow the banana nut bread to cool off completely before cutting through
  • You may add other toppings like chocolate chips, but not needed at all. This banana bread is sweet enough.
  • Coconut sugar: You may use any other sugar like cane sugar, monk fruit, or brown sugar. Honey and Maple syrup also work but use only 1/2 cup of either honey or maple syrup.
  • For a vegan option, you may use an egg substitute like flax seeds or egg replacers 

Nutrition

Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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