Photo: Randy Mayor
16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Flaxseed has long been popular with European bakers because of its robust, nutty flavor. But new studies suggest that this powerhouse whole grain contains fibers and fat that may play a role in warding off heart disease and certain types of cancer. Flaxseeds can be found at health-food stores and some supermarkets. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator or freezer.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place 1/2 cup flaxseeds in a blender, and process until ground to measure 3/4 cup flaxseed meal. Set flaxseed meal aside.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 3

Beat the banana, sugar, oil, and eggs at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, flaxseed meal, 1/4 cup flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and gradually add to sugar mixture, beating until well-blended. Stir in chopped dates. Spoon the batter into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake bread at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack, and remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Ratings & Reviews

EllenDeller's Review

November 22, 2011
Seemed oily and heavy, and I would not make again.

Megs35's Review

May 13, 2010
Delish! Have made this many times and this is by far the best healthy version of banana bread. Substitued whole wheat flour instead of white for an extra health boost. And I always leave out the dates. Usually make as muffins (baking for 15-20 minutes).

elizamay's Review

April 07, 2009
I'm so impressed! I do not like the taste of flaxseed oil and I've never really ground flaxseeds to add to a recipe before, so I was skeptical of how this would taste. There is no outstanding flaxy taste, and the dates are a nice little sweet addition. Overall it's a moist bread with a mild banana flavor. I think this will be my go-too banana bread recipe from now on.

CookieNut's Review

February 05, 2009
AWESOME recipe!! I love the fact that it is healthier (with the flaxseed meal) and not so sweet. The dates compliment the bananas perfectly. I used toasted pecans insted of the exta 1/4 cup flaxseeds. I'm going to throw away all my other banana bread recipes - this one is the KEEPER!