Mocha Date Banana Bread

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Banana bread is one of those classic quick loaves that is made countlessly across the world. It is not only delicious, but it is also delicious. Unfortunately, with the quick life of a banana, banana bread can become too common on your table and the family might not want to eat it again.

The solution there is to have several versions of banana bread and this one is unusual as well as delicious. My basic banana bread recipe is so easy to change up! It is delicious each and every time it is baked. In this house, banana bread bananas stack up, so the challenge is to use them in new ways and come up with an equally delicious loaf. This one fills the bill, feel free to add in some chocolate chips....

Banana Bread with coffee dates and walnuts.

Mocha Date Banana Bread
adapted from various recipes found on the internet.
350-degree oven

1 c snipped dates
1/2 c hot coffee

Cover dates with the coffee, stir once or twice while coffee cools. (I poured the coffee over the dates, let sit 10 minutes, stirred again and left for work.)

In a medium bowl combine and set aside:

1 c flour
1 c whole wheat flour - I used Spelt flour
1 T cocoa
1 t baking soda
1 t salt

In a large bowl, beat together:

1/4 c oil
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c brown sugar
2 eggs

then add and stir well:

3 mashed bananas (about 1 c)

1 c chopped walnuts

Stir dry ingredients, add sugar oil mixture, mashed bananas, and the date mixture. Do not over mix. Pour into a prepared 9X5 loaf pan. Add the chopped nuts to the top of the loaf.

Bake 55 - 60 minutes or tests done. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, turn out to cool completely. Wrap and store 24 hours before serving.


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  1. What a great idea, Melynda. I love your delicious twist on traditional banana bread. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop. Congratulations on your new house - I hope the move goes well!

  2. Congratulations on your new home! I always enjoy setting up a new kitchen, though I don't enjoy the process of moving. I love the combination of flavors in your banana bread. It looks amazingly delicious!

  3. I love the idea of dates steeped in coffee added to banana bread. Very creative.


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