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  • Makes 4 mini loaves

These adorable mini loaves of banana-walnut bread are just right for healthy snacking or a warm breakfast treat. Spelt flour lends a mild nutty flavor to the loaf, while caramel-like dates add a natural sweetness that doesn’t taste too sugary. Feel free to swap out the walnuts for pecans or Brazil nuts if you like those better. Happy baking!



  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1½ cups mashed ripe banana
  • ¾ cup pitted dates
  • ¾ cup unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons regular or sodium-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line four mini (5½ x 3½-inch) loaf pans with parchment paper. Spread walnuts in a shallow baking pan and bake 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Let cool.
  2. In a blender combine the next five ingredients (through vanilla). Cover and blend until smooth. In a large bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients. Add banana mixture to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Fold in all but 2 tablespoons of the walnuts. Divide batter among prepared loaf pans. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of walnuts.
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pans on a wire rack.

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Kinjal Shah6 months ago
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Can you use Whole wheat flour in place of Spelt flour? Also, I do not have Brown rice flour so can I sub it with white rice flour?

J10 months ago
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What adjustments are necessary to make this in one bigger loaf pan?

Jayne11 months ago
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Can’t stop eating this! I have celiac disease so I have to eat gluten free. I subbed 1/2 cup sorghum flour and 1/2 cup oat flour for the spelt, and it was great. I will be making this again.

Stacey9 months ago
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Did you try using all oat flour?

Nancy11 months ago
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Dear friend,
I see this delicious looking recipe calls for Spelt flour. I am wondering what to use as a substitute as this has gluten. Not good for anyone with Celiac Disease or a gluten allergy.
Thank you so much.

Jayne11 months ago
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Nancy, I’m a celiac and I plan to sub oat flour for the spelt. Wish me luck!

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