Banana Date Coffee Cake

Banana Date Coffee Cake

(10 servings)    Printable Version
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups dates - chopped
  • 1 and 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar (see notes below)
  • 3 medium bananas
  • juice from 1 orange
  • 3 large eggs - lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • For The Topping:
  • 1/3 cup dates - chopped
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup walnuts - chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter - softened
  • 4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Prepare a 13x9 baking pan with a generous coating of cooking spray.

In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar with fingers until texture is like coarse sand.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl, mash the banana. Add butter/sugar and mix by hand until creamy. Add eggs, buttermilk, orange juice and vanilla extract and mix well.

Add wet mixture to dry ingredients. Add chopped dates and mix well.

Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out evenly with the back of a spoon.

Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl or cup and sprinkle topping evenly over batter.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Banana Date Coffee Cake

The banana helps to make this coffee cake nice and moist... and delicious!

Mr Breakfast would like to thank DixieChick for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Banana Date Coffee Cake?
Overall Average Rating = 4 (out of 5)
Based on 3 votes.

From Chief3
Rating (out of 5):  

Lots of flavor. A little crumbly, but otherwise great.

Comment submitted: 10/5/2013 (#16723)

From healthyeats
Rating (out of 5):  

If you want to add a bit more sweetener without using sugar, I've used both Lo Han Sweetener and Stevia powder. I bought both of these through Swanson Vitamin company on line. I also put in more mashed bananas and used whole Spelt flour. I love the texture and how satisfying it is as a snack. Thanks for the recipe.

Comment submitted: 3/30/2011 (#12372)

From cowgirlmin
Rating (out of 5):  

Ok. So I made the recipe. I adjusted it to be more similar to the one I made in college. 2 bananas, NO sugar. Heaping 1/2 cups of the topping ingredients. I had to bake it a bit longer, but I have altitude issues. It turned out great.

Comment submitted: 1/30/2008 (#4519)

From cowgirlmin

This recipe is similar to one I used to make in college that I have misplaced. I am wondering if you ever got the sugar/no sugar issue resolved -- my recipe had no sugar at all, but perhaps another banana? Please let me know.

Comment submitted: 1/28/2008 (#4499)

Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom Mr Breakfast (Team Breakfast Member)

Hi "Cook". Thanks for pointing that out. I'm trying to contact the recipe submitter to see what they have to say. In the meantime, I'm adding 1/3 cup of sugar to the ingredients based on experience with other coffee cakes. The bananas and dates will add plenty of flavor and sweetness, but I think a little sugar boost would help accentuate those flavors.

If you've made this coffee cake, please let us know what you ended up doing sugar-wise.

Comment submitted: 10/31/2006 (#614)

From Cook

There is no sugar in the recipe ingredients but it says to cream sugar/butter?

Comment submitted: 9/22/2006 (#361)

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