Banana Bread

This is a really nice Banana Bread that is grain free, dairy free, with no added sugar……and totally Paleo. The best part is that it is soooo easy to make and the kids love it. The sweetness in this recipe comes mainly from the ripe banana with the dates and maple syrup adding a little more. This recipe is a great one to use those bananas you have in the freezer, or the over-ripe ones you found on sale at the market.



  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (sifted)
  • 6 omega 3 eggs
  • 4 dates + 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (real maple syrup, not the sugary substitute)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup bananas (I actually just throw in a whole banana)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp bi-carb soda


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, blend wet ingredients (including dates) with a hand mixer.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and continue to blend. (see notes below)
  5. Melt coconut oil, add to batter and blend.
  6. Add in mashed banana and stir till combined.
  7. Lightly grease loaf pan, and add batter (allow some room for the bread to rise).
  8. Bake at 180 C for 30 – 40 minutes (start checking at 25 minutes.).
  9. Let cool and serve.

If you do this in the Thermomix, put in all the ingredients except the banana and blend on speed 6 for about 30-40 seconds until all ingredients are well combined. Add banana pieces and blend – use reverse and speed 2 for about 5 seconds.

Sharon’s comments: The kids love this yummy banana bread, especially served warm with some nice home-made butter. It is a great (very satisfying) addition to the school lunch-box. I cut it up into serving sizes and freeze it so that it’s ready to pack on those busy mornings. It keeps very well in an airtight container for almost a week (if you can leave it for that long).

Other notes:

Coconut flour is a very dense, dry flour. It takes a bit of time to be fully incorporated and the mix gets to a good consistency. Don’t be tempted to add more flour or your mix will be far too dry. We like it for making cakes, breads, muffins, and cupcakes, because when baking with it you have to use very little flour and a lot of eggs. The end result is then very moist.





  1. Hey Sharon. I love the sound of this recipe and will give it a go this week. Just a quick question about the dates. Did you use fresh dates or the dried ones? I’ve seen recipes talk about soaking dates, so I’m guessing that’s if you buy the ones in a pack next to the dried apricots and prunes?

  2. For some reason, some of my comments are getting lost! I wanted to ask about the dates you use. Are they the ones from the fresh produce section, or from a packet in the dried fruit section. I’m asking because I’ve seen some recipes calling for soaking the dates, and as that’s the kind I have in my pantry atm I thought I’d better check if that’s what I should do!

  3. How would this go being made in a bread maker rather than in the oven?

  4. It might work Janie, but the consistency really is more like a cake. I reckon I’d go with the oven but if you try the bread maker let us now how it goes. Judith

  5. Hi Di. I noticed that your comments are going into the spam folder. Hmmmm…… Anyway, we are currently using the regular packaged dates, though I really like the fresh medjool dates. I haven’t soaked them, just throw them in!!! Judith

  6. Good to know Judith. Soaking would require forward planning, which is not really my thing! I’m feeling the love now, I was starting to worry there! 🙂

    • I’m with you Di. The easier the better!!

      • Since I got the go ahead to not soak my dates (that was seriously the only thing stopping me!) I made a double batch today. One went in a loaf tin, the other into muffins for the traveling I’ll be doing over the weekend. I’m very glad I did that as the loaf is half gone already. This is sure to become a favourite, especially in the lunch boxes. Thanks for another great recipe!

      • Ummm…. Mumma is me…oops!

  7. Just want to thank both you girls for this blog… I have been really struggling to stay true to Paleo these past 3 weeks and my health has really suffered (Diabetes 2)… your blog is helping me get back on track.

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