Raw banana nut bread

Raw banana nut bread

I’ve been making a lot of raw food lately. Partly because it’s easier on my digestive system, but mostly because my oven has decided to heat up to 500˚F any time it’s switched to BAKE. Which poses a problem when you’re a baker. And when you live on the top floor of a brick warehouse, with 20 foot ceilings. This place gets so hot I could probably instruct a bikram class in here. You know, if I was into torturing myself more than I do already.

Anyway, be sure you use very ripe bananas. If you use anything else, your “bread” will not have a strong banana flavor, nor will it be as sweet. I added oat groats to give it a better texture, but if you’d prefer to add additional nuts, knock yourself out. This would be delicious topped with some cashew cream and drizzled with a little date syrup, but usually I’m too lazy to jazz things up.

And yes, a new oven is being delivered sometime in the near future. Hurrah!


2 cups raw almonds
1 1/4 cup raw walnuts, divided
1/2 cup oat groats
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of fine sea salt
4-6 medjool dates
2 medium bananas, very ripe

In a food processor fitted with the S blade, blend the almonds, 1 cup of the walnut pieces, oat groats, cinnamon and salt into a fine meal; about 1-2 minutes. Add the dates and bananas; blend until the mixture forms a dough. Remove the S blade from the mixing bowl and mix in the remaining 1/4 cup of walnut pieces with a wooden spoon. Press dough into a loaf pan (or any size pan, really) then cover with plastic and freeze until ready to eat.

Yield: 8 2″ cubes

  • cookingwithlysa May 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Yummy…I will make this. I love raw snacks..well I should say all raw food. I am having the same oven problem but mine is just dead; not working at all.

  • Scissors and Spice May 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Oh! I love the cloth under your cake! :) Is it a tea towel?

  • Willow May 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Oh my gosh, I have got to try this… I love banana bread, but had never thought to make it raw. Great idea! :D

  • Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes May 10, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Fabulous – you are like the raw sweets Queen!

  • Emma May 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    So scrumptious looking. I’m hooked on raw date nut desserts but hadn’t thought to try with bananas too. A must-make me thinks…

  • Richa May 10, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    i love banana nut bars in any shape or form, baked, raw! this looks fantastic!

  • Richgail @AstigVegan May 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Yay! I couldn’t believe I can make banana nut bread without having to bake. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  • Kristy May 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    You are just rocking my world! This looks so delicious- and perfect for when you want something sweet but it’s too hot to cook. Great recipe! :-)

  • Isobelle May 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    chicka chicka wooooot! This looks kick ass, girl!

  • Back for Seconds May 11, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Brilliant! I am just getting interested in the raw lifestyle and this makes it sound delicious! ;)

  • Lou May 11, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    My oven sucks too – hooray for RAW food!

  • Katie May 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I want to make this just because it would require me to buy “oat groats”. It looks good and that ingredient just cracks me up!

  • foodfeud May 12, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Uh huh yeah! Love, love banana flavored treats and raw treats are always amazay!

  • Cara May 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Mother effing talented Ashlae. You blow me away, not only with your beauty and your AMAZING heart, but your mother effing talent in the kitchen. This might be one of my fav recipes of yours…

    • Isobelle May 13, 2012 at 5:23 AM

      YEAH! I mother effin agree with this crazy mother effin lady! Best raw recipe e-v-e-r (tried it last night!)

    • Ashlae May 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      You guys are mother effing sweet. Izz, I’m happy you liked it! And, Cara! It’s damn good. And easy to make.

    • Cara May 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      *You’re* damn good and easy to make…

  • EM {Pushups with Polish} May 13, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    hey! i just found your blog on foodgawker! im obsessed :) i can’t wait to try some of your recipes and follow along xxo em

  • Kendel @ Eating Abroad May 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I added a splash of my mom’s secret banana bread weapon, Watkin’s Vanilla Nut Extract, and that little touch took these over the top. If you can get your hands on this stuff, it will change your life. Thanks for such a great recipe.

  • dana @ wonder forest May 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    this looks so good and easy too! i’ll have to save it, thank you! and eek your oven scares me! haha
    xo dana

  • glutenfreehappytummy.com May 21, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    YUM!! Oh my gosh, i can’t wait to try! thanks for the recipe!

  • Bon Bon May 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    oh sweet delicousness! b. bread is so one of my comfort foods in life! xoxo

  • brighteyedbaker June 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I can’t wait to try this! I love using dates to sweeten baked goodies, and in the hot summer months, a few no-bake recipes here and there are perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

  • adrienne yancey June 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    This is just the recipe I needed! I have two VERY ripe bananas that need to be used. Thanks :)

  • Josh SM August 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Do you think one could incorporate irish moss/psyllium husk to get a fluffier “bread” consistency?

    • Ashlae August 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      I have no idea. Sorry, Josh!

  • Valencia Lia August 15, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    Munching away on it as I’m typing this. Its really so easy to make and yes it taste amazing! Didnt have oat groats so I used rolled oats instead, still tasted yummy :)

    • Ashlae August 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      So happy to hear that, Valencia! Enjoy :)

  • Shae August 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Hey! This looks SO yummy! Any suggestions for what I could use instead of oat groats or any kind of oats? I’m super sensitive to gluten. Maybe just extra walnuts would be fine? Thanks :)

    • Ashlae August 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Oats are naturally gluten free, but sometimes they can become contaminated, as they’re grown near other gluten-containing crops. Just make sure you get the ones that are certified gluten free. If those still bother you, you could use buckwheat groats.

  • oz February 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    this is great, will def give it a go! yet, I don’t think I can get hold of oat groats where I live. would it make too much of a difference if I just used oats? second question: is this served best frozen? how about keeping it in the fridge? thanks!

  • Anonymous April 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    This is fantastic and I could eat the lot in one go. My friends were amazed that it didn’t contain flour or any other bad ingredients. Thank you.

  • Sophie June 15, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Hey there!
    Tried this recipe and loved it, also going to blog about it soon. I’ll make sure I give you a shout out.
    Check out my blog http://sophiesdesignbee.blogspot.co.uk


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  • Lesley March 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Do you think it could be made without oats??

    • Ashlae March 8, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Hi Lesley –

      If you don’t want to use oat groats (raw oats) you would have to substitute with raw buckwheat or raw buckwheat flour.

  • Victoria September 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Looks amazing! I love bananas! Congrats on your blog, super nice! just one quick question: I thought oat groats were usually cooked to increase digestibility and I see you aren’t cooking them in this recipe. Is it safe to eat them raw? Sorry for the silly question! :)

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