Vegan-friendly banana bread with walnuts

Nici Wickes' banana bread recipe is moist, sweet, slightly sticky and keeps well. It’s also dairy and egg-free, so it's vegan-friendly. Try serving with orange butter and honey if you don't have dietary requirements

By Nici Wickes
  • 50 mins cooking
  • Makes 10 slice
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  • 200 gram dates, chopped
  • 200 gram brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 large, ripe bananas, mashed well
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • optional: softened butter, orange zest and honey, to serve


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a loaf tin.
  • 2
    Put the dates, brown sugar and water in a saucepan, then cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes. Bring to the boil for 2 minutes, then take off the heat. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • 3
    Spoon into the prepared tin and smooth the surface with the back of the spoon, making a slight dip lengthwise in the middle so that when it rises, it will rise to flat.
  • 4
    Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
  • 5
    Serve in thick slices.


  • Makes 10-12 slices. - Try serving with butter that has been whipped together with orange zest, then add a drizzle of honey if you aren't vegan or dairy-free. - This banana bread toasts well too.

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