Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Banana Date Nut Bread

 It’s National Bread Month and I celebrated this morning by baking up a loaf of my grandmother’s banana bread.  As far as I know, this recipe goes back to the late 1800’s, when it was made by my great-great grandmother, and passed along to my grandmother who since passed it down to the rest of the baking women in the family.  My favorite of all the banana bread recipes that I’ve tried, it is dense, chewy, full of flavor, and packed with nutrients like potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium thanks to the addition of the dates.  Dates are also an excellent source of iron, dietary fiber, and very rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.  Now I ask you, what more could you want in a delicious breakfast loaf?

Give it a try and let me know what you think.  You won’t be disappointed.


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Crisco
1 cup mashed banana (about 3)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped, pitted dates
1 cup chopped nuts

Cream sugar and shortening thoroughly; add bananas and lemon juice, mixing well.  Spoon flour (do not sift) into dry measuring cup, level off, and pour measured flour onto square of waxed paper.  Add soda and salt to flour and stir to blend.  Add blended dry ingredients, dates and nuts to creamed mixture, stirring just until flour is moistened. Spread into one well-greased and sugared 9"x5"x3" loaf pan.  Bake at 350° for 60 minutes.

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~~louise~~ said...

What a wonderful recipe to share for National Bread Month, Pattie! Traditional family tree recipes are simply the best!

I love the addition of dates, not something I would normally think of adding. I sure wish I had a slice to go with my morning coffee:)

Thank you so much for sharing...

Vanessa Coppa said...

Hurray for dates! I've never had banana bread with dates, but I'd imagine it's delicious.

Richard Cottrell said...

Thanks for this great bread ideal. I will try it soon. sounds great. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Janet Rudolph said...

I can never have enough banana bread. Love this recipe. I mentioned Crisco the other day... grew up with it. Great photos, too.

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~~louise~~ said...

Hi Pattie,
I just played the Recipe Guessing Game. Very cute:) You got a tweet too!!! (I forgot to add your tag though:)