Banana Date Syrup Bread

by - February 19, 2013

I'am writing this post with a lot of excitement and happiness. Reason? Have a look around. Do you see any changes? Yes, you are right, my little space got a makeover. And I'am super happy with it.  

I've been looking around for a minimalist blog theme/template and was elated when I found Blog Milk. I love how their themes seem to make photographs and words stand out more. That is exactly what I wanted - more photos and words, less widgets and distracting stuff on the side. After pondering over their themes for few weeks, I decided to give it a go and bought their template Rose. Setting up took less than ten minutes! And what is even cooler is the fact that Blog Milk sells their templates only to fifteen customers. Which means only fifteen of us bloggers can have the same theme. That is so rad! I know I sound like an excited teenager here.,Can't help it!

Coming to the recipe... Few days back I had tried Sukaina's recipe called Creamy Date Pots. It was so good that I ended up devouring most of it. The only ingredient in the recipe that I don't usually buy was Date Syrup (Dhibs). I've heard of date syrup before. I remember my Moothamma (Mom's big sister) telling me that having a spoon of date syrup is good for health and something about iron content. But other than that, I had no idea what to do with it.

So I asked my fellow bloggers at Fooderati and also browsed through Pinterest. I love the community of bloggers at FIA and how quickly they come out to help each other. Couple of them suggested to use date syrup in cakes. I also had very ripe bananas that were just about to spoil. So I thought why not make banana bread using date syrup? I've always wanted to try making banana bread and felt this was the right opportunity. 

After doing some more browsing, I decided on this recipe. I had almost everything in stock except sour cream. I substituted it with yoghurt and also replaced applesauce with date syrup. Oh, and I skipped chocolates too. Only because I didn't have any. 

Recipe Adapted from Recipe Girl

Yield: 1 loaf (16 servings)

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
2 tbsp softened unsalted butter
2 tbsp date syrup + extra for spread 
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium)
1/2 cup egg whites (or 2 large)
1/3 cup low fat yoghurt (this is what I had)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Place rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line an eight inch loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, soda and salt.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the sugars, butter and applesauce. Mix in the banana, egg whites, yoghurt and vanilla. Blend in the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. 
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for one hour (have a look at 45 minutes on how much the top has browned. Place a piece of foil loosely on top of the loaf if it has already browned nicely on top). 
At one hour, draw a toothpick or a sharp knife into the center of the loaf to check if it is done. It should come out fairly clean - if not, bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until done.
Cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting and serving.
Enjoy with tea/coffee. 

This cake has just the right amount of sweetness. I'am not a huge fan of super sweet cakes. And the fact that it has some healthy ingredients like egg whites, brown sugar and date syrup made me feel less guilty. Yes, it would have been better if I replaced all purpose flour too. I will get there. Slowly. But I will. 

In the photo you can see that I've spread some date syrup over the bread. You may skip this if you feel the bread might get too sweet. I tried both ways (with and without syrup) and loved both. This is also a good snack to take to work or school.  

Let me know if you try out the recipe. 

See you soon insha Allah

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