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RECIPE: Banana, Date and Walnut Loaf

I wanted to do something different to bake this week, and so decided to do a loaf. I needed to use the overripe banana and a tub of sour cream that has been sitting in the refrigerator for almost two months after its best-before-use date. Thank goodness the sour cream is still good to use, after getting advice from my partner’s mother. As I soon found out online also, sour cream is one of the best substitutes for yoghurt. Enjoy! 🙂



125 grams butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup mashed banana (approximately 2 bananas)
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or any other types of nuts you want
1 cup yoghurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a loaf pan with baking paper. Beat butter, brown sugar and caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine sifted flour, cinnamon, mashed banana, chopped dates and chopped walnuts, and stir into mixture. Add yoghurt mixed with baking soda.

Pour mixture into a lined loaf pan and bake for about an hour or more, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. It is best to watch the oven when it’s close to an hour so you can check if it’s cooked.

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My name is Charica Roche, a writer, food lover, adventure seeker, color addict, and curious-driven person who truly believes in personal and spiritual growth. Writing helps me become a better person because it makes me feel grounded and it encourages me to be honest about things. Currently based in New Zealand, I'm constantly searching for and following my curiosities through books, art, music, dancing, and other aspects of a life well-lived through my own terms.

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