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Stack and pile of banana bread squares infont of a glass of iced tea and a jar of dates.
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Healthy Vegan Banana Bread Squares

Banana bread is an old standard. Here is my updated, healthy and tasty version with the addition of dates. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Quick Bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 Squares
Calories 135kcal
Author Ginny McMeans


  • 1 cup 2 bananas, 1 cup mashed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup dates, chopped


  • Lightly oil an 8" x 8" baking pan or Lay parchment paper across the bottom of the pan and bring it up over the edges for form flaps.

  • Lightly mix the dry ingredients. Add the liquid ingredients and banana. Mix until just combined.
  • Fold in the dates and barely mix but make sure everything is combined.
  • Spoon into the prepared square pan. It is a thick batter and spread into all corner. It will not be completely flat on the top. See the photos.
  • Bake at 375• for 30 minutes for a light and moist banana bread.
  • Remove from the pan and let cool on a wire rack.


After they have cooled you may freeze them in any of the methods shown in my article Preparing Food For the Freezer.
They defrost quickly so it really doesn't take any planning. The microwave will also zap them in 10 seconds.


Serving: 1Square | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.9mg