Sep 23, 2013
Filled with chunks of chocolate and chewy dates, this banana bread recipe is a keeper!
Butter and flour, as needed for greasing the loaf pan
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
Pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup regular granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas, (about 3 medium)
1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
1/2 cup finely chopped dates
About 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter and flour an 8-inch x 4-inch loaf pan or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar with electric mixture until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until smooth and incorporated. Beat in mashed banana and vanilla until smooth. Stir in flour mixture, just until blended, it’s okay if some flour remains. Fold in dates and chocolate.
Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake until toothpick inserted in centre of bread, come out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool completely. Slice and serve.
Yield: 10 to 12 servings.