This one doesn’t contain sugar, it is sweetened with dates and bananas. It’s moist, delicious and also gluten-free.
By Zita Nagy
Banana bread is the all time favourite classic bread in our household. I tried many recipes and all of them gave the perfect result. This one doesn’t contain sugar, it is sweetened with dates and bananas. It’s moist, delicious, also gluten-free and sweet enough without sugar. It’s also crisp because of the toasted sunflower- and pumpkin seeds on top. It’s perfect and wonderful for an afternoon tea/coffee session or for breakfast (toasted).
- - 1 cup dates (about 9 pieces), pitted, chopped
- - 2 tablespoons boiling water
- - 1 teaspoon baking soda
- - 1 and ½ cups brown rice flour
- - ½ cup millet flour
- - 2 teaspoons baking powder
- - 3 bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork
- - ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- - 2 organic or free-range eggs
- - 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
- - grated zest of 1 lemon
- - sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
- In a small bowl mix together chopped dates with baking soda and boiling water. Set aside. Line a 23 cm (9 inch) long loaf pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180C (356F).
- In a bowl combine the dry ingredients: rice flour, millet flour, baking powder. In another bowl mix together the wet ingredients: mashed bananas, olive oil, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients mixture into the dry one, stirring until just combined. Fold dates, hot water and baking soda in.
- Pour the mixture into the loaf pan, sprinkle the top with sunflower- and pumpkin seeds and bake it on 180C (356F) for about 60 minutes. It’s ready when the cake tester (or toothpick) comes out clean.