Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread

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I have brunch on the brain, and the best way to quickly curb that craving (and use up those ripe bananas at the same time!) is with an extra large slice of this guilt-free Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread. This recipe is as clean as can be- no butter, no dairy, no salt, no sugar (unless you want to sprinkle a little bit of coconut sugar on top- which you do). This bread is naturally sweetened with chopped up dates and overripe mashed banana. I added in some cinnamon for spice and chopped walnuts and chia seeds for texture. The result was an unbelievably moist, dense, and delicious loaf. Just be careful not to overbake it, you don’t want to loose that smooth center.

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You’ll need about 1/2 a cup of dates and 1/2 a cup of walnuts, plus more for topping.

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Whisk the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon together in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside.

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In a large mixing bowl, mix together the coconut oil and almond milk until combined. Stir in the mashed banana, chopped dates, and chia seeds. Reserve some walnuts and dates for the topping.

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Gradually add the dry ingredients into the banana mixture, stirring until just combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold in the chopped walnuts.

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Pour the batter (it will be very thick) into a loaf pan greased with coconut oil. Smooth out the top.

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Sprinkle the reserved dates and walnuts on top, and dust with coconut sugar if desired.

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Bake at 350 for 25-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean. It should still be a little sticky in the middle.

Let the bread cool in the pan for 20 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Slice and serve!

Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread
This Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread is as clean as can be- no butter, no dairy, no salt, no sugar. It's naturally sweetened from the ripe bananas and chopped up dates.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 12 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 12 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread
This Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread is as clean as can be- no butter, no dairy, no salt, no sugar. It's naturally sweetened from the ripe bananas and chopped up dates.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 12 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 12 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dates plus 4 for topping
  • 1/2 cup walnuts plus more for topping
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp almond milk
  • 2 large bananas or 3 medium, ripe, mashed
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon together in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Reserve about 6 walnuts and 4 dates for the topping. Chop up the rest of the walnuts and dates into small pieces.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the coconut oil and almond milk until combined. Stir in the mashed banana, chopped dates, and chia seeds.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the banana mixture, stirring until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Gently fold in the chopped walnuts.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and smooth out the top. Coarsly chop the reserved dates and walnuts and sprinkle them on top of the batter. Dust with coconut sugar, if desired.
  8. Bake for 25-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean. It should still be a little sticky in the middle.
  9. Let cool in the pan for 20 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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