Eggless Banana and Date Loaf Recipe
A snack or it can also be called as a an energy booster that is made with the goodness of banana and dates. Banana is one of the best sources of healthy starch that keeps you full for longer. The loaf is wholesome and nutritious and guilt free which you can have it along with milkshakes and warm chai.
The Banana and Date Loaf Recipe is a wholesome and nutritious tea time snack that you can have with no guilt and pack into the kids lunch boxes too. There’s nothing like a banana-rich mid-morning snack to keep those oddly timed hunger pangs at bay.
Banana is one of the best sources of healthy starch that keeps you full for longer, and when added to the cakes, it gives a smooth fluffiness to baked goodies. When combined with a silky date puree, it gives you the added benefit of an opportunity to reduce white sugar too, making this loaf great for nibbling on.
This is not really a dessert, but a snack cake, good for that energy boost for busy mornings, or a quick small bite for pre- or post-workout munchies.
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Did you know: Bananas are good for the heart, digestive system, and vision. They are packed with potassium, a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating. Bananas' high potassium and low sodium content may also help protect your cardiovascular system against high blood pressure. Banana is easy to digest and chew hence considered great food for the kids as well.
Dates are considered good for constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia, diarrhea and abdominal cancer. Dates are rich in several vitamins, minerals and fiber too.
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida) , (or 1/2 cup Maida and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
- 3 Ripe Bananas , small, about 1/2 cup when mashed
- 12 Dates , deseeded, soaked in warm water for 10-15 minutes
- 1/4 cup Caster Sugar
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 3 tablespoons Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
How to make Eggless Banana and Date Loaf Recipe
To begin making the Banana and Date Loaf Recipe, first set your oven to preheat at 180° C and prepare your loaf pan by buttering and flouring it well.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda
In a small blender jar, puree the bananas, sugar and dates together
Transfer the puree banana and dates into a large mixing bowl. Add the oil, milk, yogurt and vanilla extract and whisk until just mixed to a smooth and creamy consistency. You can also use a hand blender to ease the process of mixing or use a spatula.
Add the flour mixture in batches, gently folding the batter with a spatula, till all the flour is incorporated into the cake batter and no streaks of flour remain.
Pour the Banana date cake batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the cake is golden brown, well risen and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Serve the Banana and Date Loaf as a tea time snack, a school snack for kids or even as an after gym workout to get the instant boost of energy from the dates and bananas.