10 July, 2010

Apple Date Banana Bread

Today is my blog's first birthday. I want to use this occasion to say thank you to all my readers.
This food blogging is quite a time-consuming hobby with all the cooking, photographing, and writing. Looking back, I can definitely say that I my cooking skills have improved. And so has my writing and my photography. My first few posts make me smile now, but I am as proud of them as I am of the lastest ones. They are all part of a learning curve. I am proud of what I achieved in the last year.
You want to know some figures? I posted 166 recipes. I've got 88 email subscribers to my blog (OK, one of them is myself and one is my husband) and close to 50 Facebook fans.I have an average of 7.000 unique visitors to my site per month. I always imagine all these people in my garden. That picture makes me proud too.Wouldn't that be a great idea? All people who come to my website could come past my garden and I could serve them a slice/portion/piece of whatever food they were interested in and we could have a little chat. I'd love to do that for a month.

What else could I post on my blog's first birthday than a cake recipe!! Not exactly an anniversary's kind of cake, with layers, frills etc. Rather the good old rustic loaf style. This recipe is a combination of my Banana Date Loaf , my Apple Oatmeal Cake and the Buttermilk Banana Bread. This one takes the best from these three: low fat as a bread, sweetened only with apples, bananas and dates, moist as a cake. Bon appetit!

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 big ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg
1/4 cup buttermilk or yogurt
2 tablespoons canola oil

1 medium apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 cup dried dates, chopped

Yields 1 loaf
 Preheat oven to 160C. Grease or line loaf tin with parchment paper.

In a big bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Mix well.

In another bowl, beat the egg lightly. Then add buttermilk/yogurt, canola oil and mashed bananas. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in chopped apple and dates. Transfer batter to prepared loaf tin. Bake for 60 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack.


  1. Happy Blog Birthday!!! This loaf cake sounds awesome - perfect way to celebrate :)

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  3. Happy birthday to your blog!!
    I like your garden idea, I would totally come by your garden, you seem like an interesting person to chat with and I'd love to sample your food, especially that apple date banana bread, it looks wonderful!

  4. Congratulations on your blog's birthday! I just wanted to say thanks for sharing all of your great recipes. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and all of the great dishes you are cooking up!

  5. it looks soooooo yum! and i love the idea of natural sweeteners. i've been checking older recipes and there's a ton that i really really like and should make soon! you've got a new reader!

  6. Happy birthday to your blog! What a good way to sweeten a dessert, I love this, have to try it soon!

  7. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY! I love your recipes. I forward them to all my health and some allergy ridden family members all the time :D

  8. Thanks so much for your kind words.
    Let's see what the new blog year brings. I hope I can surprise you and myself with some yummy and healthy stuff.


  9. 1st time trying this and it's in the oven now. Thanks for the great recipe

  10. My son can't have diary can I swap the buttermilk for another type of milk?

    1. You can use non-dairy milk mixed with a bit of lemon juice or vinegar.

  11. Such an amazing banana bread!! I made two loaves in one week and ate them all myself!! i added sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds for some added crunch and the result was great. Thank you so much for the blog i love baking all your recipes and eating them. I two am a runner i run lots of half marathons and general races and have high milage weeks also (100-110km) so your recipes are great feul!! :)