No Sugar + Dairy Free Banana Bread recipe – baby friendly

I’ve been testing and testing this recipe in order to find the “perfect” ingredients’ mix. I wanted a refined sugar free + dairy free banana bread to offer to my kids almost on a daily basis as they simply LOVE banana bread.


I used natural sweeteners like dates and vanilla and I substituted dairy ingredients with coconut ones.

I was super pleased with the result and I tested the banana bread with my kids (the super picky Luca!!!), my husband and my friends without telling them about my experiment. It has been a success….and that’ why I’m sharing it with you 😉



Considering the ingredients I would suggest this recipe for a baby starting from 6 months (of course without chocolate chips!!!). You can simply take a very tiny piece of cake and let your little one enjoy the naturally sweet treat 😉

The banana bread mix is also a lovely idea for a 1st birthday cake!!

The mix is very versatile and you can use any pan size/shape you like. I tried the traditional loaf pan and than I used some baby food silicone pots I had from Lili pops and also I used a Oogaa baby silicone plate 🙂

They all came out nicely, the only difference being the baking time (60 min for the loaf, 35 min for the muffin pots, 25 min for the Oogaa plate)




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No Sugar + Dairy Free Banana Bread recipe – baby friendly
  • 3 ripe medium bananas 1 cup mashed
  • 1 stick vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup coconut oil 120ml
  • 10 dates
  • 1/2 cup water 120ml
  • 2 cup flour 500gr
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 oz. plain coconut yogurt no sugar (1 vase)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips optional (100gr)
  1. preheat the oven at 325F
  2. soak the dates in 1 cup hot water for 20min
  3. mash the bananas in one bowl
  4. in one bowl add the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder and salt. mix
  5. remove the skin and the pit from the dates.
  6. place them in a tall container. add 1/2 cup of the warm water.
  7. puree’ everything in order to create a sweet paste
  8. make a long incision in the vanilla stick and scrap out the seeds with a knife. add them to the dates puree.
  9. in a big bowl add the eggs and the vanilla/dates puree. whisk well.
  10. add the mashed bananas, the yogurt and the coconut oil. whisk well.
  11. slowly add the dry ingredients. whisk well.
  12. add the chocolate chips (optional). mix with a fork.
  13. fill with the batter some silicone baby food trays. fill only for 3/4.
  14. bake at 325F/160C for 35 minutes. use the toothpick rule to check if they are ready 🙂


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    April 15, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I’m on my 2nd time making this one. First time it was a hit with picky baby, now I’m making it as his 1st year b-day cake <3
    Hope you're staying safe at home.
    Thanks for a great recipe!!! 🙂

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      Barbara Lamperti
      April 19, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      Yeahhh!! I take it as a huge compliment, so happy he likes the recipe!!! Happy Birthday to your little one and stay safe!!!! XOXO B

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    Amrita Pai
    April 11, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Hi Barbara,

    I have a 8mo whom I want to transition from purée to self feeding solids. Can I replace all purpose flour with wheat flour? Will I need to change any measurements?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      May 24, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      Hi Amrita, whole wheat flour tends to absorb more liquid and weights less than regular all-purpose flour. I would suggest to substitute the 2 cups all-purpose flour with 2 cups whole wheat (so you are adding less in terms of weight). That should work. Ciao! B

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    October 10, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    I love this recipe! So easy and really tasty – I used a flaxseed egg (1tbsp flaxseed and 3 tbsp water per “egg”) to make it vegan and it worked really well. My husband loves it too, will definitely be making again.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      January 6, 2022 at 2:49 am

      Yeah, so happy to hear that! We love this recipe too and keep baking it even if the kids are not babies anymore 🙂

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    June 9, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Hello Brabara thanks for all the recipes you are sharing !
    Please if I don’t have coconut yogurt can I replace it by coconut cream ? thanks

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      Barbara Lamperti
      June 6, 2023 at 3:45 am

      Hi Ilham, it’s a pleasure to share my recipes!
      Yes, you can replace the coconut yogurt with coconut cream or any other non dairy yogurt you can find (almond, cashew, oat..)

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