Banana, Dates and Pistachios Bread

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Banana, Dates, Pistachios Bread, have you ever had this combination?

I love baking quick, no fuss breads to serve with tea or coffee. I am not a big sweet tooth but I like a warm bread slice once in a while and Banana Bread is the best combination with coffee.

When I was living in Tokyo, I received 3-4 kgs of dates from one of my students and I went all out with everything with dates recipes ;). This is I came up with Banana, dates and walnut bread recipe.

I always bake banana and dates bread but I wanted to try something new this time.

The banana, dates and almond or walnuts combination is quite common but I thought why not bake it with pistachios instead! It was a pleasant surprise to see how soft, moist this bread came out. I have been baking this bread since and I love it!

The crunchiness of pistachios is absolutely amazing in this Banana, Dates, Pistachios Bread. I like to eat this bread with a cup of tea or sometimes even with my cold coffee.

Do give this recipe a try!

Banana, Dates and Pistachios Bread


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp each clove and ginger powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pitted dates cut in pieces
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 big size riped bananas mashed
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract/ essence or paste
  • ½ cup roasted sliced pistachios
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil (canola oil or sunflower)


Preheat oven to 165C/325F. Line the loaf pan with a baking paper in the bottom.

Whisk together plain flour, salt, baking powder, soda and spices. Keep it aside.

Mix hot water, a pinch of baking soda and dates together, keep it aside.

Whisk the oil and sugar well. Add the egg and continue whisking for about 1 minute. Add the mashed up banana and vanilla flavouring. Mix it well.

Now add the dates mixture, add flour in 3 batches. Fold in half of the pistachios and pour the batter in the pan. If the batter is too thick add 1 tbsp milk.

Tap the pan on the counter to get rid of the bubbles. Sprinkle rest of the pistachios on the top.

Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or till the toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

After baking transfer to a cooling rack. Sprinkle the top with confectioners sugar (optional).

Serve with hot coffee! Enjoy!!

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  • Reply Rashmi Tambe 2017-09-24 at 15:07

    Very interesting recipe, combination of pistachios and dates, trial for next weekend

  • Reply Rashmi Tambe 2017-09-24 at 15:08

    Isn’t 1 tsp soda and 1/2 tsp baking powder too much for 1 cup?

    • Reply Gayatri Singh 2017-09-25 at 13:24

      Believe me it’s not. for the dates you have to use a bit more baking soda.

  • Reply Komal 2019-06-21 at 12:42

    In above recipe Please suggest Substitute for Egg.
    Also in other cake recipe what should be the substitute of 1 egg.

    • Reply Gayatri Singh 2019-06-24 at 09:48

      Hello Komal,
      I usually don’t make eggless cakes or breads but let me think about the substitute. Maybe try with apple sauce?

  • Reply Jack R Thomas 2020-04-25 at 04:41

    I’m thinking about making this recipe – it looks great. However, just glancing at the recipe I see that it only calls for 1 cup of flour. Is that enough? Most other recipes of this same size will call for 1 1/2 to 2 cups of flour. Will it not be sort of gluey and too soft in the middle even when it is done with only this amount of flour?
    Just wondering…?

    • Reply Gayatri Singh 2020-04-27 at 22:08

      Hello Jack,

      When I made it the last time, it came out perfect. I can try again and check if it works. 🙂

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