Banana and Date Squares
These are great for school lunchboxes. You could also sprinkle nuts (eg chopped walnuts or slivered almonds) on top, but I choose to use sunflower seeds as my son is fortunate to go to a ‘nut-free’ school (fortunate for us as he is allergic to peanuts!).
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium mashed banana
150g brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
120g wholemeal flour
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
160g pitted and chopped medjool dates
Sunflower seeds for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 180°C and grease (I use coconut oil) a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Beat together oil, banana, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. When well mixed stir through chopped dates.
Whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
Pour batter (which will be quite loose) into prepared pan and spread to cover bottom (it will be quite a thin layer).
Sprinkle sunflower seeds or nuts over top.
Bake for about 20 mins until golden brown.
Allow to cool in pan for 30mins before cutting into squares.