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Spiced Banana and Date Bread

  • Author: Sarah Khanna


  • 300 grams of self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 140 grams of pitted and chopped dates
  • 115 grams of caster sugar
  • 155 ml of full fat milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 grams of mashed bananas
  • 75 ml of vegetable oil
  • loaf tin
  • baking paper
  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons of milk


  1. Heat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius. In a large mixing bowl and with a hand mixer, beat the sugar, vanilla extract and eggs for 2 minutes until thickened and fluffy. Add the bananas, cinnamon and nutmeg and blend then add half of the flour and all of the baking soda with the full amount of milk. Mix on medium speed then add the second half of the flour with the oil and whisk until all blended. Add your chopped dates and fold them into your batter with a wooden spoon then pour into a loaf tin lined with baking paper. Bake for 50 minutes or until done when tested with a knife. Remove from the oven and cool before serving. To store, keep your loaf covered to avoid drying it out.
  2. For the icing: In a small bowl, mix together to icing sugar, milk and vanilla. If you’d like a thicker icing, eliminate one tablespoon of milk. Drizzle the icing over the entire loaf or set aside and drizzle per serving.
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