I spent last weekend at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference and what an amazing weekend it was! It was so nice to meet my fellow food bloggers, enjoy amazing food at and listen to the different perspectives of all of the presenters. My goal of attending the conference was to be reinspired to work on my blog, to get some blogging tips from more experienced bloggers and to build my network. My mission was accomplished!
One major perk of the Food Bloggers Conference was the swag! Our swag bags were filled with recipe books, chocolate, coffee beans, cutting boards, ginger snap cookies, key chains, phone chargers, knives, egg poachers, salad tongs, granola, marshmallows and dates. As soon as I saw the dates I knew what I was going to use them for – Banana Date Bread!
I first made Banana Date Bread when I lived in Egypt as dates are one of the most popular fruits on the Arabian peninsula. The date palm tree is believed to originate in the lands on the banks of Nile and Euphrates Rivers of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Sweet dates are rich in dietary fiber and vitamins. I have a bit of a sweet tooth and adding dates to recipes makes me feel much better about my cravings than tossing back a teaspoon of sugar.
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cup mashed, ripe bananas
- 2 cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup pitted and finely sliced dates
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, eggs and bananas.
- Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon to the banana mixture and stir together until just combined. Gently fold in the dates.
- Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for ten minutes. After ten minutes, transfer the loaf to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.