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


  • Reply cookingwithlysa 10 May 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.

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

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

  • Reply Willow 10 May 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

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

    Fabulous – you are like the raw sweets Queen!

  • Reply Emma 10 May 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…

  • Reply Richa 10 May 2012 at 8:43 PM

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

  • Reply Richgail @AstigVegan 10 May 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.

  • Reply Kristy 10 May 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! :-)

  • Reply Isobelle 10 May 2012 at 10:50 PM

    chicka chicka wooooot! This looks kick ass, girl!

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

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

  • Reply Lou 11 May 2012 at 8:09 AM

    My oven sucks too – hooray for RAW food!

  • Reply Katie 11 May 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!

  • Reply foodfeud 12 May 2012 at 3:04 AM

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

  • Reply Cara 12 May 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…

    • Reply Isobelle 13 May 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!)

    • Reply Ashlae 13 May 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.

    • Reply Cara 15 May 2012 at 2:09 PM

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

  • Reply EM {Pushups with Polish} 13 May 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

  • Reply Kendel @ Eating Abroad 13 May 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.

  • Reply dana @ wonder forest 15 May 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

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

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

  • Reply Bon Bon 22 May 2012 at 6:28 PM

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

  • Reply brighteyedbaker 4 June 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 :)

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

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

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

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

    • Reply Ashlae 13 August 2012 at 2:32 PM

      I have no idea. Sorry, Josh!

  • Reply Valencia Lia 15 August 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 :)

    • Reply Ashlae 15 August 2012 at 2:18 PM

      So happy to hear that, Valencia! Enjoy :)

  • Reply Shae 24 August 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 :)

    • Reply Ashlae 24 August 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.

  • Reply oz 4 February 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!

  • Reply Anonymous 17 April 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.

  • Reply Sophie 15 June 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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  • Reply Lesley 8 March 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Do you think it could be made without oats??

    • Reply Ashlae 8 March 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.

  • Reply Victoria 13 September 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! :)

  • Reply anonymous 28 May 2015 at 11:38 AM

    It looks pretty good, but I do not have oat groats. What is the proportion of oat groats to rolled oats? Thank you so much for your help and recipes.

    • Reply Ashlae 28 May 2015 at 11:48 AM

      Hey Anon –

      You could substitute plain rolled oats, no problem. Enjoy!

  • Reply Elaine 12 December 2015 at 12:51 AM

    So I just made this. And it’s really really amazing, but my “dough” is definitely a batter. It’s so ooey gooey and the whole thing is like a butter. What did I do? Did I over process the almonds and walnuts? They went from a fine meal to butter once I put in the dates and bananas.

    • Reply Ashlae 12 December 2015 at 9:44 AM

      Hi Elaine –

      That’ll do it! You turned the nuts into nut butter, unfortunately. The great news is you can pour it into a pan lined with plastic wrap, refrigerate it for 24 hours, and you’ll have healthy-ish fudge. :) Better luck next time!

  • Reply dada 3 March 2017 at 1:46 PM

    didn’t you mean regular oats instead of groats? they don’t grind well in the food processor – and i’m working a magi mix with the recipe

    • Reply Ashlae 3 March 2017 at 5:18 PM

      Hi Dada –

      Nope! I use oat groats. They blend just fine in my processor. Feel free to use rolled oats if that works best for you.

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