Banana Date-Walnut Bread

Banana Date-Walnut Bread

Banana Date-Walnut Bread

I think everyone should have a good banana bread recipe in their baking repertoire. It’s just a good go-to cake that lends itself to many occasions. This is a great bread to bring to showers and brunches, birthdays and lunches. It’s great with a cup of coffee or tea, and even a big glass of milk.

This particular recipe comes to us from my good friend Gail Berger. Β She is a baker extraordinaire. We met while we were both attending a professional baking program and have been culinary soul mates ever since. Gail is definitely a kindred spirit and we spend many hours on end together trolling the bakeries, cafes and eateries of Los Angeles searching for the ultimate in baked goods. Yeah, we complain about our weight a lot, usually as we’re downing a chocolate chip cheesecake or an expertly crafted dobos torte. But we continue relentlessly on our journey in search of that holy grail of baked goods.

I think you’ll be as pleased with Gail’s recipe as I was. It’s extremely moist (which is actually a term I find bizarre in describing food items), the walnuts give the bread a nice crunch, and the dates add a pleasing texture to the bread. When I wrapped this bread in plastic wrap and let it sit over night the flavors in it melded together and tasted better the second day. You might just want to try that approach.

The beautiful mahogany color of this Banana Date-Walnut Bread

The beautiful mahogany color of this Banana Date-Walnut Bread

Banana Date-Walnut BreadΒ 

Recipe Courtesy of My Friend Gail Berger

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (if you don’t have it, you can use powdered)
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 6 dates chopped (tossed in 1 teaspoon of flour to keep them separated)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with melted butter.
  2. In a large bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  3. Cut up the bananas in chunks and place in a large bowl and mash them with a spoon. Β Take the banana mixture and place it into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and add the sugar. Beat the mixture on medium-high speed until it’s light and fluffy. Add the butter, eggs and vanilla extract and beat on medium, just until incorporated. Scape sown the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Add the flour mixture and beat on medium-low speed just until ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the nuts and dates.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and give it a good rap on the counter to get out any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for about a half-hour and then turn out to cool completely on a rack before slicing.
Banana Date-Walnut Bread

Banana Date-Walnut Bread

Recipe: Easy

48 Comments on “Banana Date-Walnut Bread”

  1. DVees says:

    Oooh my sister does a really good banana cake with pecans that I love. I’m going to send her this recipe to try as well.

    As always your pictures are so enticing πŸ™‚

    Also thank you for your regular posts, they inspire me to get up and keep blogging.

  2. MRG says:

    hmmm this looks amazing !!

  3. taplatt says:

    Good idea with the dates — I might have to incorporate them into my own recipe!

  4. The loaf is beautiful, banana, date and walnut are a heavenly combination. I love the deep brown color of the bread.

  5. Amber says:

    THANK YOU for sharing! I’ve been looking for a good go to banana bread recipe and haven’t found one in crazy about! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. I’ve never put dates in my banana bread. Does it add to the sweetness? Yours looks perfect, as always!

  7. terrepruitt says:

    “moist (which is actually a term I find bizarre in describing food items)” This made me laugh and somewhat puzzled me. LOL! Dates as an addition to banana nut bread has me curious! Are they like pieces that you bite into?

  8. Michelle says:

    Banana bread can be so goodβ€”yet, for some reason, I never think to make it. Dates sound like a wonderful addition.

  9. Not only a good banana bread, something tells me Gail’s recipe is for the best banana bread! πŸ˜‰

  10. This is a beautiful loaf of bread! Great to have foodie friends with yummy recipes, right?! Love the addition of dates!

  11. This looks delicious Sheryl! I love banana bread, yum!

  12. Nessa says:

    So delicious!

  13. Rita Horn says:

    Sounds wonderful! Will have to try it out!
    I’ve got 4 ripe bananas on the counter waiting!

  14. Easy is right! What a lovely recipe! Dates are an under appreciated ingredient, and always do so much for flavor!

  15. Looks wonderful! Love the inclusion of the dates.

  16. I have a delicious vegan date and banana bread recipe which I enjoy making. I’m going to have to try this recipe too. It looks mouth-wateringly tasty! And I often find that cakes and sweet breads taste better the day after I have made them. I think it gives the flavors time to mature.

  17. Wendy says:

    Looks delicious! Funny thing is that when I looked at your top photo before reading the post, my first thought was, “That looks so moist!” πŸ™‚ I am curious to give this a try and compare it to my go-to banana bread (variety is good). This looks more dense than what I usually bake, and I love the idea of the dates. The walnuts will have to go (severe tree nut allergies), so no crunch for us. What makes the bread rise straight up with such flat sides? The quick breads I have baked usually have a more rounded top which rises more in the middle than straight up beyond the pan on the sides.

    • Hi Wendy, I hope you will give this one a try, and yes, it is somewhat dense. Why it rose the way it did, I don’t have the answer to that. Maybe because it has so many bananas in it. Other Banana breads I have made have only 2 or 3 bananas in them. But this particular bread has huge banana taste. So, I say give it a try!

  18. Clover says:

    What a great idea to add dates to banana-nut bread! Looks fab and sooooo moist! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

  19. Mmm! Looks moist and perfect. I never use dates. Clearly I need to expand my thinking!

  20. I’m always collecting banana bread recipes because it’s one of my favourite things to make and eat. Also, I always have a ton of over-ripe, blackened bananas in my freezer, just begging to be used. I can’t get over the gorgeous height and moist innards (how’s that for a terrible sounding description, lol) of your bread. I just bought a pack of dates so this would be the perfect thing to make with them!

  21. I never thought to put dates in it. Sounds heavenly!

  22. your recipe looks so yummy, a nice twist to an easy bake!
    and the Instructions are really well written, so it is easy to make, im a terrible cook but im going to try this πŸ™‚

  23. mymess says:

    They look incredibly delicious! Thanks for sharing, i love combination of walnut & date!

  24. Hi, Sheryl. This is a lovely story and recipe. I have adapted the recipe over at Curls and Carrots:
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Warmest regards, Shanna xx

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