I'm always searching for healthy recipes, and this one filled the bill. The flaxseeds give the bread a really nutty taste.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 - 8x4 inch loaf
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan. Use an electric coffee grinder or food processor to grind 1/2 cup flax seed; set aside.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together banana, oil, sugar and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground flax seed and 1/4 cup whole flax seed. Gradually stir flour mixture into banana mixture. Fold in dates. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

263 calories; protein 6.7g 13% DV; carbohydrates 42.6g 14% DV; fat 10.5g 16% DV; cholesterol 37.2mg 12% DV; sodium 218.5mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2006
I sort of made this recipe- I used a couple substitutions. I used half and half whole wheat and white flour; applesauce instead of oil; egg replacer instead of eggs; I ground all the flaxseed; used 1/4 cup brown sugar instead of 1/2 cup white; and added more dates. I made a batch of 10 big muffins and they turned out great. I will definitely make this again. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/27/2007
After taking advice from some reviewers and decreasing the sugar to almost half this bread came out very dry and lacked taste. I doubled the recipe (except for the sugar) so maybe that made a difference. After reading the reviews I was expecting it to be better but I was disappointed. I wish I didn't make two loaves. I had to put some leftover cake icing on it to eat it. Read More
(20)
110 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 75
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2006
I sort of made this recipe- I used a couple substitutions. I used half and half whole wheat and white flour; applesauce instead of oil; egg replacer instead of eggs; I ground all the flaxseed; used 1/4 cup brown sugar instead of 1/2 cup white; and added more dates. I made a batch of 10 big muffins and they turned out great. I will definitely make this again. Thanks! Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2003
Healthy banana bread recipe that doesn't taste "healthy". I wanted to add more flax to our diet and found the perfect recipe. I made muffins instead of a loaf by baking for 30 mins. The flaxseeds give it a nutty flavor and texture. The kids love the muffins. Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
Excellent Recipe: My modifications: 1) used raisins instead of dates 2) used all ground flaxseeds no whole. I had heard that whole flaxseeds should never be used for ingesting or cooking only ground. So I grounded the whole amount and put it all in there. The result is a nutrient-densed and delicous bread. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2006
I just made this & had a slice not ten minutes ago. It is yummy beyond words! And even better b/c it's so healthy. A note to readers, however - flaxseed must be ground before consumption to obtain any health benefits. I replaced the white flour with whole wheat, used four bananas, and sub'd applesauce for oil. I also halved the sugar, but it was still too sweet. The dates & bananas give it ample sweetness. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/26/2007
After taking advice from some reviewers and decreasing the sugar to almost half this bread came out very dry and lacked taste. I doubled the recipe (except for the sugar) so maybe that made a difference. After reading the reviews I was expecting it to be better but I was disappointed. I wish I didn't make two loaves. I had to put some leftover cake icing on it to eat it. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2007
Grind all the flax seed or just buy it pre-milled. You get no nutritional benefit from whole seeds, they just pass through you. I also used walnuts instead of dates, and used whole wheat flour instead of white. Also added 1/2 tsp vanilla for a little extra flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2006
Love this recipe!! I make it about twice a week. My kids and husband love it and I like the healthy ingredients. I use 3/4 cup milled flax seed. I also use 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar instead of a 1/2 cup of white sugar & instead of a cup and half of white flour I use 3/4 whole wheat and 3/4 white. I use raisens instead of dates and have also added chopped walnuts. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2010
I've been searching for the 'perfect' banana bread for a long time... The hunt is over, this is it! This bread is moist, full of flavour, not too sweet and healthy! I tweaked it a bit based on other reviews. I milled the full amount of flax (if left whole your body doesn't absorb any of its health benefits), replaced the oil with half a cup of unsweetened apple sauce, used a full cup (if not a little more) of the dates, threw in a handful of dried cranberries that needed to be used, added an extra banana and to spice it up used a generously heaped teaspoon of ground cinnamon. I topped the loaf with a sprinkling of rolled oats. I baked it for the complete amount of time given in the recipe as 55 minutes wasn't enough in my oven; but I recommend starting off with the minimum amount of time, and checking to see if it's done and baking longer if necessary. I will never use another recipe for banana bread again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2005
I really enjoyed the bread. I used the blender to ground the flax seed substituted 1 TBSP Stevia for the sugar unsweetened applesauce for the oil & raisins instead of dates. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars only because I wasn't as fond of the whole flax seed texture(will probably ground all the flax seed next time). It is a great way to have a sweet treat that is so much better for you. Read More
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