Banana Date Walnut Bread (grain-free)

Banana Date Walnut Bread - SCHC

Faced with rapidly blackening bananas in the fruit bowl, I turned to the ever-popular means of using them up…banana bread.  My old recipe for banana bread used wheat flour, but thankfully these non-yeast breads adapt well to using almond flour.

The other big change in this recipe is the lack of processed sugar.  After 3 years of efforts to really cut down our consumption of sugars, I’ve really noticed the change in my palate.  I had some “autumn squash soup” at a chain restaurant recently for lunch, and was shocked at how sweet it was!  Why make what should be a savory soup into something that tastes like dessert?  Likewise, there is not a need to add much sweetener to banana date bread, as the dates and bananas are pretty sweet on their own.


  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a food processor, pulse the dates, flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon until the dates are chopped up and the flour has a mealy texture.

Add bananas, eggs, vanilla, honey, and butter.  Process until you have an even batter.  Briefly pulse or stir in the chopped walnuts.

Pour into a small loaf pan (I used a glass 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch pan).

Bake 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow to cool before cutting.

Banana Date Walnut loaf

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5 thoughts on “Banana Date Walnut Bread (grain-free)

  1. This looks simply spectacular….you achieved the perfection “Banana Bread Hue”…and the crust is wonderfully golden and inviting!! Thank you for this paleo friendly solution to quests for Banana Bread heaven…

    LOVE ME MY KINKS….I’m really starting to believe I would like to “clone” your entire musical library…as our tastes are so freakishly symbiotic…Ray Davies = Amazing Poet AND Musician!!

  2. I agree with you bananas are sweet enough without sugar and dates..well, they are packed with sweetnes. I was shocked to taste a strawberry-banana smoothie and not be able to drink it, because the added sugar made it a mushy sugar paste, not anything resembling fruits…

  3. Great bread! This the first gluten free quick bread that I’ve really liked! I subbed a 1/4 of the almond flour with coconut flour for more fiber and fullness. I included a little applesauce because coconut flour absorbs liquid. This is the best recipe! Thanks!

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