Healthy banana, date and walnut bread

Not only is banana bread a great way to get rid of those over-ripe bananas that would otherwise be thrown out, but it tastes delicious! This healthy version is sweetened using maple syrup and dates, rather than refined sugars. It also contains walnuts for a boost in those essential omega-3 fatty acids. For a lunchbox friendly version, simply remove the walnuts or try substituting them with seeds (pepitas, sunflower seeds etc). This recipe can even be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month, making it the perfect lunchbox solution!

banana, date and walnut bread

Healthy banana, date and walnut bread

Yield: 8-10 slices
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 50 Mtotal time: 65 M


  • 1.5 cups wholemeal or buckwheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp bi carb soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 medium over-ripe bananas (around 1 cup), mashed
  • 1 cup medjoola dates, pitted and chopped (9-10 dates)
  • 1/2 walnut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped + extra for decorating the top


How to cook Healthy banana, date and walnut bread

  1. Preheat over to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease a medium sized loaf pan and dust with flour. Tap out excess flour. 
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, bicarb soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Stir eggs, dates, banana, oil, maple syrup and vanilla in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and stir to combine. 
  5. Add walnuts and stir.
  6. Pour batter into pre-prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with extra walnuts.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a wooden skewer comes out with moist crumbs attached. 
  8. Let cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving. 


Once cooled, wrap in foil and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Bread can be frozen for up to one month.
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Hi, I’m Aspen, a university qualified teacher and nutritionist. As one of seven kids, a mum and ten years teaching experience, I understand just how challenging mealtimes can be. That’s why I’m so passionate about giving families a range of strategies to reduce fussy eating and make mealtimes an enjoyable family experience. I also work with schools doing incursions, parent information sessions and canteen menu assessment.