Banana and Date Squares

Banana and Date Squares

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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).

batter in pan

Sprinkle sunflower seeds or nuts over top.


Bake for about 20 mins until golden brown.

cooked in pan

Allow to cool in pan for 30mins before cutting into squares.

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3 thoughts on “Banana and Date Squares

  1. I just made a Date and Cherry cake two days ago. I have never tried banana and dates. It’s quite an interesting combination. This week I finished all the bananas on the fruit basket…sigh Can I bake this in a loaf tin? Please let me know.

    • I’ve only ever made this as a slice so it comes out no thicker than about 3 or 4cms. Not sure how it would go in a loaf tin, the texture/density might be affected. If you decide to experiment let me know how it goes!

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