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Banana Date Bread

Banana Date Bread
A rich loaf studded with dates and the full flavor of banana is sure to become a favorite.
Yield 1 loaf



  • 1/4 cup water (110-115°F)
  • 1 tablespoon Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sliced bananas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup dates (chopped)


  • In stand mixer bowl, combine warm water and yeast; let stand 10 minutes. Using a paddle attachment, stir in eggs, banana, oil, sugar, and salt; mix 30 seconds. Add 1-cup flour; beat 2 minutes.
  • Switch to dough hook attachment. Gradually stir in dates and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 7 minutes.
    (NOTE: For hand mixing: following above steps, mix ingredients in large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or dough whisk. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.)
  • Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after poking dough with finger down to second knuckle, about 1 hour.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. To form a loaf, roll or pat into a 12×9-inch or 12×8-inch rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll with each turn. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place in lightly greased 9×5-inch or 8½x4½- inch loaf pan. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.


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Nova | Reply

Can this banana bread be made using all-purpose flour? It’s all I have.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Nova,
Yes, you can use all-purpose flour.

Happy baking!

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