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Banana Bread with Almonds No Refined Sugar

Banana Bread with Almonds No Refined Sugar

Any banana bread lovers in the house?

(I just assumed everyone raised their hand).

Same here!!

That is what we are making today, and not any kind of banana bread, the vegan kind, without refined sugar and with some chocolate in it. Incredibly delicious!

Before I go any further let me give you a quick tip. We will obviously need bananas for this recipe, but here's the deal, the more ripen the better. Actually, you can really push it, the more they ripen the sweeter they are and they'll add moisture to your loaf of bread. 

Banana Bread with Almonds No refined Sugar ingredients

All this is good to know, you'll never have a banana go to waste!

I've saved many bananas from going to the bin this way, as soon they are past the point where no one at home will eat them, a bit too brown on the outside, a bit smooshy on the inside, I know is time to whip this recipe out. 

This banana bread is a great alternative for any other coffee bread, cake, or pastry, not only because it is absolutely vegan but it is also made without any refined sugar, which we well know how harmful it can be to the body. 

Instead of refined sugar we are using fresh fruit, bananas, and dry fruit, dates, combined, they add just enough sweetness and the end result will be great! Even though the taste is on point, you won't be craving for more since it is not overly sweet, this is the reason we tend to binge on sweets.

roasted almonds and dates with almond milk

Have you ever used dates as a sweeter? 

Dates are a great way to add some sweetness to your life. They might be small but they're packed with fiber, natural sugars and many vitamins and minerals that put them straight into the superfood category. 

We will only be using a cup but that itself provides so many benefits it's hard to name them all. Dates help relieve constipation, and will take general care of your gut, they'll also help strengthen your bones, treat anemia, aid your nervous system, and they'll boost your energy massively. These are just a few!

banana bread batter

As you can see, it's hard to even consider refined sugar when we have dates available. 

It's a great dessert option that's easy to make and you can enjoy after any meal through out the week. It is also a good as a last minute breakfast or a snack to take with you. 

Actually, I began making banana bread more often so my son could take some with him to school and not have it be a mess on the bus, I just put it in his lunch box where it stays fresh throughout the day.

But it is not only for the kiddos to enjoy, I get my fair share as well, I really like having a slice in the afternoon alongside a freshly brewed cup of coffee, it so indulgent and it gives me that extra boost of energy for the rest of the day. Liked this recipe? Why not head over and check out our Yeast Cake with Apple and Almond Crust or our Raspberry Ice Cream with Coconut Milk and Oreo Cookies for more exciting dessert ideas.  

Banana Bread with Almonds No refined Sugar pieces

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Breakfast, Snacks
Serves: 12
Allergens: Gluten


For the dry ingredients

  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • ½ cup crushed almonds (roasted)
  • 1 dash sea salt
  • 2 cups whole grain wheat flour

For the wet ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 4 medium banana (mashed)
  • 1 cup date (pitted and soaked in hot water for 5 minutes)
  • 2 tbsps vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (1800 degrees) and cover a 5 (13cm) x 10 (26 cm) inch baking dish which should be 2-3 inches (6-7 cm) deep with baking paper.
  2. First soak the dates while you start preparing the rest.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients except the cacao in a big bowl.
  4. Use a blender or an immersion blender and add all the wet ingredients, blend until smooth.
  5. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in a big bowl.
  6. Mix half of the batter with the cacao and start adding one layer of batter to the baking dish.
  7. You should have 4 layers in total before you to lightly mix the batter with a fork or a spoon, bake the bread for about 40 minutes
  8. Bake the banana bread for about 40 minutes and allow it to completely cool down before you slice it, enjoy!

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