Rating: 4.54 stars
63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

Dark beer adds a unique twist to this recipe. You may substitute raisins or currants for the dates if you wish.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 loaves
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 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 two 9x5-inch loaf pans.

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  • In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, banana, eggs, and vanilla. For moister bread, add oil, if desired.

  • In a separate bowl, sift together 3 cups flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, all spice, cardamom, and cloves. Alternately blend the flour mixture and beer into the banana mixture.

  • Toss the walnuts with the remaining flour. Stir in the dates and ginger to the mixture and blend well. Pour into two loaf pans.

  • Bake in preheated oven until inserted toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 44g; fat 6.6g; cholesterol 15.5mg; sodium 214.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (65)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2003
This bread was dark, dense, and delicious! I used the oil, and cut the cardamom to 1 teaspoon, which still left plenty of cardamom taste--I can't imagine using the full tablespoon! This keeps great in the fridge. You will love it! Read More
(29)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/28/2006
I've been wanting to make this bread forever but always seemed to lack one or two of the ingredients. Well this time I didn't have any dates and I had just used up all the ginger I had in the house but I tried to make this anyways. I used half regular flour and half whole wheat and used a Bud for the beer as that was what I had. The bread came out very moist even without adding the oil but I honestly couldn't taste as much of the spice as I expected. I'll probably make it again as it does have decent flavor and texture otherwise but I'll try to have all the ingredients next time. Read More
(2)
63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2003
This bread was dark, dense, and delicious! I used the oil, and cut the cardamom to 1 teaspoon, which still left plenty of cardamom taste--I can't imagine using the full tablespoon! This keeps great in the fridge. You will love it! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2010
This was delicious! I used strong black coffee instead of the beer and currants instead of the dates. I used the same amount of cardamom as cinnamon. I love cardamom, but 1 tablespoon would be too much; I am thinking that is a misprint and 1 teaspoon would be about right. I also had to used dried ginger because I was out of fresh, but it turned out great. This is not quite a banana bread and not quite ginger bread, but it was a real hit with us. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2004
What a great flavor combination. Will make again, but next time I will double the recipe Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2007
WONDERFULL!!!!!!! I used melted butter in place of the oil & added 2tbsp molasses also I only had candied ginger so i used that but this will be one of my new favorites! Thanks for sgaring. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Made this for a friend after she gave birth to twins. Didn't know she wasn't a banana bread fan. She is now!! Subbed raisins for the dates and used Oatmeal Stout. Wonderful flavor and texture. Doubling the recipe for holiday gifts. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2008
I had a bottle of really dark beer I needed to use - one sip and I knew I wasn't going to drink it. This recipe was a great find!! I always have a few bananas in the freezer and I have all the spices. I didn't have dates or raisins so I just added walnuts. I also didn't frost it. I still loved it!! I plan to make this again - I'll take it camping and have it in the morning with butter and hot tea. Read More
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2004
Delicious, moist, and I love that it is low in fat (I did add the oil, tough). The batter looks thin and filled the loaf pain so much I thought it might overflow and so took a little out. It came out beautifully. The dates and beer make it delicious (used Samuel Snmith's Oltmea Stout). You can't taste the banana - more like a date bread, delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2007
This was such a moist cake and everybody loved it. I did omit the cardamom and next time I'll reduce the minced fresh ginger to 1 tsp as the ginger taste was overpowering for me Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2011
This bread is delicious! I followed the recipe pretty closely, only reducing the dates by about a quarter of a cup since I didn't have quite enough, and the walnuts by about 1/2 a cup since we normally don't love nutty bread. I think this recipe is the exception. I included the full amount of cardamom, the 2T of oil and used Guiness Draught (1.5 bottles). It turned out perfectly! The crust is a bit chewy, the center is soft and fragrant. The spice level is well balanced. I'll definitely be making this again! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
04/28/2006
I've been wanting to make this bread forever but always seemed to lack one or two of the ingredients. Well this time I didn't have any dates and I had just used up all the ginger I had in the house but I tried to make this anyways. I used half regular flour and half whole wheat and used a Bud for the beer as that was what I had. The bread came out very moist even without adding the oil but I honestly couldn't taste as much of the spice as I expected. I'll probably make it again as it does have decent flavor and texture otherwise but I'll try to have all the ingredients next time. Read More
(2)