Banana Date Tea Loaf


  • 2 cups (8 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup oil (preferably canola since it does not have any smell)
  • 4 oz castor sugar
  • about 1/4 cup generous orange juice
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • 2 bananas peeled and mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 4 oz dates chopped
  • 2 oz walnuts chopped
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a 9×5 inch loaf tin and set aside
  • Sift together flour and baking powder and salt and set aside
  • Beat eggs lightly and beat in oil, orange juice, orange rind and sugar
  • Add vanilla extract and almond extract and mix well
  • Now add flour and mashed bananas alternatively and mix thoroughly
  • Mix in chopped dates and walnuts
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean
  • Cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack

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