using up black bananas

August 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm 10 comments

All week I’ve been thinking ‘I must make banana bread before they grow legs and walk themselves to the compost bin’.  Banana bread is a misnomer of course because most recipes use a cake sized quantity of sugar so I opted for a sugar free banana and date cookie recipe instead from The Healing Foods Cookbook.  A much better alternative considering the chief cake eater in our house is away for the weekend.

black bananasThis is a really user friendly recipe; the only instruction is to mix everything together really well.  Grab a fistful of mix, make a ball and flatten it onto an oiled baking sheet (I prefer shaping to scraping off tablespoons because it produces a more cakey cookie and who doesn’t love getting mucky when baking?).  What’s more these cookies are vegan, sugar free and suitable for a wheat free diet so no one needs to feel guilty about reaching for a second one and friends with particular diets who often expect to go without a treat with their cuppa will love you for the special effort you’ve gone to (which is really little effort at all).  Enjoy x


banana and date cookies
3 medium bananas, mashed
75g dried dates, finely chopped
75g walnuts, finely chopped
175 oats
150ml olive or sunflower oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
(variations to try: dollops of nut butter or jam, assorted seeds or coconut shavings)

bake at 200C/375F/gas 6 for 20-25 minutes

banana and date cookie

2018 update

These have been perfect for today’s hormonal sweet tooth.  Using just one banana and 1/3 quantities of the other ingredients I switched out olive oil, walnuts and vanilla essence for coconut oil and sunflower seeds and added half a grated pear, 10g of Pulsin pea protein and a readonable shaking of cocoa (I didn’t measure how much just finger dipped and tasted!).  They had a lovely squidgy middle like brownies and L enjoyed them with a dribble of milk on to cool them down as toddlers don’t understand “leave to cool on a rack for 10 minutes”!



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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jacqueline  |  August 23, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Brilliant! I only ever make banana bread with my nearly departed nanas. This is great 🙂

    • 2. Nip it in the bud  |  August 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm

      thanks Jaq, unlike other sugar free recipes I’ve tried they do taste delicious

  • 3. jacqueline  |  August 24, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Great, I will give them a go, although I will have to substitute another nut for the walnuts, as my hubby hates them. Something I have never been able to understand. How offensive can a nut really be?

  • 4. David  |  September 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    The onion shown is a” Stuttgarter Riesen”

    • 5. Nip it in the bud  |  September 8, 2009 at 1:12 am

      terrific, thanks Dave. They’ve all been brilliant, several used for chutney making this evening :o)

  • 6. Rae  |  September 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks so much for this fabulous recipe – I’m always on the look out for inspiration for my DD who cannot eat refined sugar. These look lovely – she loves dates, oats and vanilla so I think these will go down a storm.

    I’ve got a banana and walnut loaf on my site if you’re interested:

    I live in the Forest of Dean too – so not far away!

    • 7. Nip it in the bud  |  September 30, 2009 at 7:17 pm

      goodness Rae, how do you manage all that cooking, blogging and saving the planet with all your environmental stuff too? You’re a marvel and I’m glad you popped over to say hello. You’ve got some great recipes, I especially like the look of the blackberry brownies and have a batch in the freezer that may be destined for a brownie mix :o)

      The healing food cookbook is pretty good for low/no sugar recipes and I also have ‘Vegetarian Cooking Without’ which is gluten/sugar/yeast/dairy/meat/fish/sat fat free. I’ve not made much from it though, not because the recipes are unappealing without all those things in but because the book doesn’t have many photos. I love photogenic cookbooks that make your mouth water just looking at the pages!

  • 8. Rae  |  October 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Hiya, oh I hear you on the need for photos. I have the ‘cooking without’ book too and seldom use it because I like to see the finished product.

    I’ll check out the healthy food cookbook though – thank you! And happy baking, I hope you have a go at the brownies 😉

  • 9. Josie  |  November 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Planning on trying this tomorrow! 🙂

    • 10. Nip it in the bud  |  November 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      ooh hope you were happy with the results :o) Did Noah appreciate them?


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