08 May, 2010

Banana Date Loaf

About two years ago,  this banana date loaf kicked off my healthier eating lifestyle: with no or as little as possible refined sugars and flours. That has been my goal ever since. This sugar free cake convinced me that it is still possible to enjoy life and have perfectly sweet treats without stuffing myself with foods loaded with refined sugars. I virtually baked it every second or third day, as I satisfied my sweet cravings at any time of the day with it. It motivated me to search for other sweet AND healthier alternatives. I started enjoying cooking and baking healthily and I eventually started this blog in which I share my recipes with whoever is interested.

After reading the books of the German doctor Max Otto Bruker (I wrote a little about his studies in detail in my post of 3 GRAINS BREAKFAST WITH 3 FRESH FRUIT), I decided to roughly follow his diet recommendations: plenty of raw foods, no processed foods, no refined sugars and flours. His most famous quote is, roughly translated: "Never eat anything that is being advertised for."

Kicking of my chocolate addiction did not come with the package though. Until recently (let's say 6 months ago) I still had cravings quite often, especially in the evenings. It made me feel bad. By now, these cravings have been reduced to an acceptable amount. If they come, I am able to enjoy my pizza, piece of cake, chocolate bar or ice cream. I guess, a slow change is the way to go with any change of diet in order to establish it for the long term.


1 cup dried dates, chopped
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

100g butter

2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup nuts, roughly chopped

Yields one 9-inch loaf
Preheat oven to 180C. Line Loaf tin with parchment paper or grease with cooking spray.

Put chopped dates, milk and soda in a pot and bring to over medium heat. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour baking powder and salt. Mix well. Knead in the cubed butter pieces until the flour becomes crumbly.

Pour in the date milk mixture and mashed bananas. Mix until just combined. Stir in the chopped nuts. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for about 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Take out of the tin and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Gesund durch richtiges Essen.  Unsere Nahrung unser Schicksal


  1. Oh must try this, I love baking with no added sugar and this looks like a great recipe. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for this recipe Anja! I've been trying to cut out processed foods too...

  3. This is an excellent recipe. Just a perfect gift for my health-conscious mom. She likes dates in cakes. I made 2 loaves of this tonight. I did use skimmed milk instead of regular milk like my grandma used to do, but I didn't change anything else. It made the house smell really good.

    My mom would love this for sure. I'll wrap one for her and attach the recipe so she'll be the one to make it for us next time. :)

  4. I tried this recipe yesterday and loved it though I did adjust it:
    -I used date paste instead of chopped dates
    -I used coconut oil instead of butter because it gives a nicer aroma in baked goods
    -I included 1/4 cup flaxseed meal instead of it all being whole wheat flour

    Next time I'll add an egg to it as well to make it a little more fluffy.

  5. This looks fab Anja! Thanks for sharing it with me. I will give it a try, and substitute the flour for GF flour, I think! (or a mix of GF flour and oats for a rougher texture) xx