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)
- 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)
preheat the oven at 325F
soak the dates in 1 cup hot water for 20min
mash the bananas in one bowl
in one bowl add the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder and salt. mix
remove the skin and the pit from the dates.
place them in a tall container. add 1/2 cup of the warm water.
puree’ everything in order to create a sweet paste
make a long incision in the vanilla stick and scrap out the seeds with a knife. add them to the dates puree.
in a big bowl add the eggs and the vanilla/dates puree. whisk well.
add the mashed bananas, the yogurt and the coconut oil. whisk well.
slowly add the dry ingredients. whisk well.
add the chocolate chips (optional). mix with a fork.
fill with the batter some silicone baby food trays. fill only for 3/4.
bake at 325F/160C for 35 minutes. use the toothpick rule to check if they are ready 🙂