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16 August, 2014

chocolate walnut banana bread (egg-free, sugar-free, whole wheat)

Comments : 43 Posted in : eggless cakes, snack on by : apsara Tags: , , ,


A few days ago, I realized that there is no simple banana bread recipe on this blog! My kids do not like simple banana bread; somehow the taste of just wheat and banana does not appeal to them. I have date syrup with me, so this time when I found 2 overripe bananas with us, I made a chocolate version, sans sugar. This combination turned out to be really moist and delicious. Now, everybody in the house loved it!


This week’s Fiesta Friday #29 party is hosted by Selma and Jhuls, over at the Novice Gardener’s. I’m taking this simple treat there; hope it is liked by all!

chocolate walnut banana bread

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Whole wheat pastry flour- Β 1 3/4 cup; 215 g (whole wheat flour or atta can be used instead)

Ripe banana- 2

Cocoa powder- 1/3 cup; 24 g

Date syrup- 2/3 cup

chopped walnuts- 1/3 cup

baking soda- 1/2 tbsp.

salt- a pinch

butter- 2 tbsp.


* Pre-heat oven to 350 Β°F.

* Mash bananas with hands/ladle. Add date syrup and melted butter to it.

* Combine flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder in a bowl and mix with the wet ingredients.

* Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for about 40 minutes or till a knife inserted in the center comes clean.

* Allow to cool; top with finely chopped nuts for garnish.












43 thoughts on : chocolate walnut banana bread (egg-free, sugar-free, whole wheat)

  • August 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    This looks totally lovely Apsara –
    and great timing as I’ve been trying out banana bread / cake recipes to find a keeper – this looks as though it will be it!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe and inspirational photos –
    Emma πŸ™‚

    • August 16, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      I’m glad you like this, Emma. Hope your banana bread comes out just as well as this one!

  • August 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Looks delicious I love any combination of chocolate and banana, I can only imagine the rich flavor that date syrup would add, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • August 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      you’re welcome, MKK. πŸ™‚

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  • August 16, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Love it Apsara and more so the fact that you used date syrup instead of sugar. How was the texture?

    • August 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      thanks, Sonal. The texture is cake-like and moist, almost like when molasses or syrup is used.

  • August 16, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    looks so yummy πŸ™‚

  • August 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    thank you, Andy. πŸ™‚

  • August 17, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Walnut banana bread looks moist and yum. Have tried dates syrup in cake will try with bread

    • August 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Do let me know, Vidya.

  • August 17, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Hmm, another healthy treat for today’s FF. I am happy to indulge this – I am not going to feel guilty after a few slices. πŸ˜› As I said to others before, I admire how people turn recipes into healthy ones. I have not eaten banana bread without sugar, but I can see the date syrup made this banana bread sweet and moist. Am I right?

    Thanks for bringing this and I assure you that this is loved by the FF crowd. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy the rest of your weekend! <3

    • August 17, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you, Jhuls. A great hostess you are, for the party! Have a good week ahead. πŸ™‚

  • August 17, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Your chocolate banana bread looks amazing, Apsara! Yum yum yumm! x

    • August 17, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      thank you, my friend! xx

  • August 17, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Your chcolate banana bread looks so moist, chocolatey and YUMMM!! πŸ™‚ Plz do send across some for me!

  • August 17, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I love chocolate banana bread , never tried with dates syrup, will definitely give it a try…looks yummylicious. .

    • August 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      thanks, Chitra. It is a good variation, I feel πŸ™‚

  • August 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Apsara, loved the recipe and for all the facts that its egg less and whole wheat makes it even more interesting.. πŸ™‚

    • August 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      thank you, Shikha! πŸ™‚

  • Swetha
    August 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Looks so yummy, Apsara. Date syrup in the ingredients list sounds interesting!

    • August 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you, Shweta. Hope you are doing well!

  • August 18, 2014 at 12:48 am

    This looks lovely Apsara! Have made banana bread but the chocolate makes it such a tempting dark delight πŸ™‚

    • August 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks, Garima. Yes, I like only the chocolate version. πŸ˜‰

      • August 19, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        Ha ha..who wouldn’t πŸ˜‰

  • skd
    August 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Yummmm…. πŸ™‚

  • August 18, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Love this Apsara! I have just recently discovered date syrup, it is such a wonderful substitute for sugar, isnt it?

    • August 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Yes, it is so easy to use too!

    • August 19, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Yes, this is super easy. I don’t know why I did not make it earlier!

  • August 19, 2014 at 1:22 am

    with 2 overly ripe bananas in my fridge, it is a happy coincidence I stumbled over your recipe!

  • August 19, 2014 at 3:19 am

    A lovely, simple and healthy recipe for banana bread, Apsara -thank you so much for bringing this to the party, it has been much appreciated by all! Do you know (roughly) what the proportions are when subbing date syrup for sugar? Have a wonderful FF and a great week!

  • August 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I’m so glad you like it, Selma. I would have used the same amount of sugar (if using raw sugar) or slightly lesser (refined sugar). In this case, I went by the sweetness and consistency of the batter and added extra date syrup in the end, just before pouring in the pan. You have a great week too!

  • August 20, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Ever since I started adding cocoa to my banana bread I can’t eat it plain anymore! This looks awesome πŸ™‚

  • August 20, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Looks divine, Apsara! I am definitely gonna try it out soon. Thanks for sharing ☺

    • August 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      I’m glad you like it, Swati!

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  • amoufoo
    July 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    This was just amazing. I was a little worried with the omission of eggs despite which it turned out really well even with a few alterations that i made. Used 3/4 whole wheat flour and one cup coconut and oat flour mix,more of coconut. Also added 2 or 1 tbsp yogurt and put in 4 mediumish bananas. Date syrup was substituted with honey. This ones a keeper. Will follow original recipe next time as family not fond of bananas! More for me! πŸ˜€

    • apsara
      July 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you for your review and explanation of the changes you made in your trial. This has made my day!

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