I think this is my favourite banana loaf ever. It is low carb and definitely worth a try. Another recipe I just threw together with the ingredients that I had sitting in the pantry and fridge that turned out awesome.

Gluten and dairy free


  • 12 Medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1 Cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. bicarb soda
  • 2 banana’s. Keep half a banana for decorating the top
  • 1/3 Cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 Cups almond meal
  • 1/2 Cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1tsp. vanilla paste or extract
  • Optional – 150g roughly chopped dark chocolate


  • Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper. Preheat oven to 170oC.
  • Put the dates in a bowl or jug and pour boiling water over them and add the bicarb soda. Give it a little stir and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • While the dates are soaking, in a food processor (you can use beaters if you like), beat the coconut oil, maple syrup, 1 banana, eggs and vanilla.
  • Add the dates, including the water, coconut and almond flours, baking powder and half of the other banana and process very quickly so you still have a few date and banana chunks. Make sure the flours are well incorporated. Give it a little stir with a spatchula if you need to.
  • Thinly slice the rest of the banana.
  • Pour the mix into the prepared pan and lay the other half of the banana nicely on top. Sometimes I add the dark chocolate to the top of the loaf for an extra bit of indulgence. So yummy.
  • Cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through and nice and dark brown.
  • Remove the loaf form the oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Serve warm as is or with butter or cream.

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