We know the vending machine or biscuit tin is tempting at 3pm, but though refined sugar may perk you up, that burst of energy doesn’t last long. If you need a jump-start to get through the rest of your workday, this stick date loaf will do the trick.
It’s 3pm. You’ve only got a couple of hours left of work but the sugar cravings start to set in and you need a bit of a pick-me-up to get you through the rest of the day. Instead of reaching for that biscuit, or trudging to the vending machine for a block of choccie, this date loaf is sweet, a little gooey, and refined sugar-free so it’ll satisfy those cravings without the inevitable crash.
Sticky date banana bread
Makes 8 slices
- 1 cup wholemeal flour
- 2/3 cup plain rolled oats
- 4 large ripe bananas
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs or 2 chia eggs (1tbs chia seeds with 2 tbs water)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 8 Medjool dates, seeds removed and roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
- Place dates in a small bowl of boiling water and set aside.
- Place oats in a blender or food processor and blitz to make oat flour. Place into a mixing bowl with wholemeal flour and baking powder. Mix well to combine.
- Add remaining ingredients excluding peanut butter and dates into a blender and blend for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add wet mixture to flour and fold through until combined.
- Pour half of the mixture into a loaf tin. Spoon peanut butter evenly over the mixture. Top and swirl through the batter with a spoon. Drain dates and line evenly over peanut butter. Top with remaining batter.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
- Slice and enjoy!