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Sugar-Free Banana Bread

by Tansy Boggon

A deliciously moist and dense banana bread that is free of added sugar as it is naturally sweetened by dates.

Sugar-Free Banana Bread

A deliciously moist and dense banana bread that is free of added sugars.
Course: Snack, Dessert
Keyword: banana, snacks, gluten-free, sugar-free
Author: Tansy Boggon


Dry Ingredients

  • ½ cup flour such as wholemeal, spelt, or buckwheat for a gluten-free option
  • ½ cup almond meal, blanched or unblanched
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger or ginger powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup milk, choice of dairy or any alternative milk
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 8 dates, finely chopped or puréed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 180oC and line a loaf or slice tin with baking paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and milk. Add bananas and mash into the wet mixture with a fork, leaving a few chunky banana pieces. Combine dates.
  • Then add wet mixture into dry mixture and fold through until just combined. Pour the mixture into prepared tin. Place tin on the bottom shelf of oven.
  • Cook for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. It may be necessary to cover with foil if over-browning on top.
  • Once cooked through, allow the loaf to cool slightly before removing from the tin.
  • Cut into thick slices. Serve warm with a little butter or cold as is or with a little ricotta and honey – yummo!
  • Alternatively, you could spread slices with a nut or seed butter of your choice, such as peanut or almond butter.


The banana bread keeps in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 1 week.
Alternative Flavours & Additions
  • Try decorating it with sliced banana, shredded coconut, or chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • Chocolate Banana Bread, anyone? Try adding ½ cup chopped walnuts, pecans, raisins or chocolate chips to change up the flavour and texture.
  • Try adding 2 teaspoons of lemon or orange zest for a varied flavour.
  • Try coconut apple bread by switching the almond meal with ¼ cup coconut flour and the ripe bananas with three cups of stewed apples. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
  • Try increasing the protein content by adding 2 tablespoons of protein powder of your choice.
  • Try converting it to mini muffins, by cooking for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

a loaf of banana bread sliced

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