Date Pumpkin Banana Bread

Date Pumpkin Banana Bread // FITaspire.comI can’t believe we’re already wrapping up the first month of Meatless Mondays from A-Z!! The first three weeks were so much fun, with so many fantastic recipes shared – I have several on my “to-make” list for the future. In case you’re new around here, make sure you check out Artichokes, Beets, and Capers/Caperberries.

Today we’re on D, which means lots of Dates have been consumed in our house this week. Dates are something I really didn’t each much of until the this past year – I don’t know that I really knew what they tasted like honestly. Not only are they great in baking, they are one of my favorite easy snacks! I got the idea for dates stuffed with peanut butter & topped with chia seeds from Nada and it’s remained one of those easy snacks to grab before running out the door.

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For this week’s Meatless Mondays challenge, I decided to add dates to a bread recipe I originally created last weekend with chocolate chips. As is typical for banana bread, this started as a way to save a few bananas that were on their way out. I decided to try my hand at a recipe without sugar, using the sweetness of bananas and pumpkin to get the right flavors. The first batch with chocolate chips was great, but I wanted it a smidge sweeter.

Date Pumpkin Banana Bread // FITaspire.com

The final recipe includes more pumpkin and the sweetness of the dates helps too!

Date Pumpkin Banana Bread
 
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Recipe type: breakfast, snack
Serves: 1 loaf (or 13 muffins)
Ingredients
  • 4 bananas, over-ripe
  • ⅔ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg-replacer (I used Ener-G)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup dates, pits removed and roughly chopped
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all ingredients, adding flour last.
  3. Transfer bread to muffin pan lined with cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean.

Date Pumpkin Banana Bread // FITaspire.com

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  1. Malinda says

    You have me very curious!! The muffins sound good, but I just haven’t learned to like dates yet. I guess I’ll have to keep trying! :-)

  2. says

    stuffed pb dates are one of my very favorites – I eat (at least) one nearly every day.

    I have everything for this recipe – I will have to make these as soon as I am back home! happy MMAZ :D
    Kristina recently posted…recipes with datesMy Profile

  3. says

    How has everyone apparently known about this date+nut butter thing forever, and yet I haven’t? It sounds miraculous. Yup, miraculous. And that banana bread doesn’t sound too bad either ;D Can I admit I’m bummed that next week is a week off from MMAZ?
    Allie recently posted…Meatless Monday A to Z: DatesMy Profile

  4. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says

    Oh my gosh, peanut butter stuffed dates are my GO-TO pre-workout snack! Nothing like that little natural zing they give you! And the flavor combo can’t be beat! I LOVE that you only used dates in this recipe. I’m not a big baker because the minute I have a dessert like treat in the house I feel like I have to have some after EVERY meal…and it’s so hard to find a GOOD low sugar recipe. I may have to try this one…I’ll just call it “breakfast” ;)

    I had so much fun coming up with my recipe this weekend! I’ll definitely be up for more challenge next month! Now I’m off to check out that giveaway! :)
    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli recently posted…A Marvelous and MEATLESS Monday!My Profile

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