Vegan Banana, Date and Pecan Bread Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

Whether we like to admit or not, sugar has a firm hold on us and there’s no sign of it loosening its grip anytime soon. My husband says he’d rather give up tea altogether than go without adding his teaspoon of sugar – case in point. Maybe calling it an addiction is a tad dramatic but there is no denying we all love sugar.

Therefore, I feel it’s my duty (to myself as much as anyone else) to ensure my own food contains the least amount of refined sugar as possible. Not baking is not an option, so here I am banana bread in hand (metaphorically speaking) containing no refined sugar yet not devoid of flavor. No siree! Packed full of dates and pecans how could it taste anything other than awesome?

Let me be clear. This is not a cake masquerading as a breadThis is a bread bread. You get me? Suffice to say, it’s best enjoyed with a skim of vegan spread and a decent cup of tea (preferably made in a pot). Look at us all civilized and sugar free!


2 cups plain white flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

2 very ripe bananas

1/8 cup date syrup

1/8 cup malt rice syrup

1/2 cup oat milk

1/8 cup oil

6 chopped dates

1/4 cup chopped pecans

7 or 8 whole pecan halves

1 tbsp ground cinnamon


  Photo: Aine Carlin

Photo: Aine Carlin

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/390 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Put the flour in a large bowl, add the baking powder, baking soda and salt and thoroughly mix.

3. Mash the banana in a large bowl and add the syrups, oil and oat milk. Stir to combine.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently fold until everything is almost incorporated before adding the chopped date and pecans. When everything is fully combined transfer to a prepared loaf tin (I grease mine with vegan sunflower spread).

5. Place the whole pecan halves on top and dust with ground cinnamon. Bake for 45 minutes.

6. Allow to cool for several minutes before removing from tin. Enjoy warm or cold.