We always end up with so many overripe bananas, especially during the summer months. My oldest loves bananas but he refuses to eat them with any amount of ‘brown’ or ‘mush’ on them. One of my favourite recipes to reduce food waste is banana loaf!
What you’ll need
This recipe contains no added sugar and instead uses the natural sweetness of dates and bananas. I like to use wholemeal flour for added fibre but regular self raising flour can also be used (you may need to adjust the amount slightly, I haven’t tried it).
- A loaf tin like this one here
- 1 cup chopped dried dates
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups wholemeal self raising flour
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
- Preheat your oven to 180c, and line a loaf tin..
- Add the dates and water to a saucepan and combine over a low heat. Cook, stirring for around 2 minutes. Increase the heat and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, mashed banana, walnuts (if using) and bicarb of soda. Stir until its all combined
- Add the date mix into the banana mix and stir until fully combined.
- Spoon into the loaf tin. Bake in the oven for around 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.
I’m always looking for new ideas on how to use up our surplus of bananas. What’s your favourite banana recipe?