Overripe Bananas Part I: Banana Date Honey Loaf

Posted on by on April 10th, 2011 | 19 Comments Β»

It is pretty unusual for me to be stuck with a bunch of overripe bananas. My husband eats them all before they are even close to being ready to go into a recipe. I’m not sure what happened this past week, but I found myself staring at a large bunch of overripe bananas. Usually when I have 1 or 2 I can easily bake up a banana bread, but, I had about 7.Β  Being that I absolutely hate having to throw out food, and the fact that I really didn’t want to make 7 loafs of banana bread, I decided to try cooking with the bananas in different ways. The next few posts will be a series of different recipes to make with those overripe bananas that you seem to always have left over.

Banana bread seems like the typical answer to overripe bananas and a pretty delicious answer if you ask me. There are a plethora of ways to make this tasty bread and everyone has their preferred method. I have made a different variety of banana bread each time I baked one up. This time was no different. I came across a recipe in a cookbook my mom sent me (The Recipe Scrapbook) that had the addition of honey in it. It sounded interesting and with a few tweaks to the recipe I ended up with a light and fluffy banana bread that lasted a mere 3 days in my house. I used whole wheat flour and used date honey instead of regular honey to give the flavor more depth. It doesn’t have my usual favorite filling mixed in, chocolate chips, but I didn’t miss them at all.

And so, for my first overripe banana recipe I give you, Banana Date Honey Loaf.


1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
4 1/2 Ounces Butter, Room Temperature
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs, Separated
2 Tablespoons Date Honey, Separated
1 Large Overripe Banana, Cut into chunks


Preheat oven to 350F and grease a loaf pan.
In a small mixing bowl sift flour, baking soda and cinnamon together and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl fitted combine butter and sugar with a hand mixer and beat until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing between additions.
Add date honey and banana to mixture and combine.
Add flour mixture to bowl and mix until fully combined.
Spoon mixture evenly into loaf pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center.
When loaf is done baking let cool in pan for 5 minute.
Meanwhile warm the remaining tablespoon of date honey in a small saucepan over low heat for 1 minute or until it becomes very thin.
Remove loaf from pan and place on a wire rack.
Brush the top of the warm loaf with heated date honey.


« Seared Yellowfin Tuna Salad With Blood Orange Vinaigrette
Overripe Bananas Part II: Couscous Pudding With Cardamom and Bananas »


  1. Posted on: 4-10-2011

    Yet another great recipe!!! I always have some over ripe banana left over… so I’d love to try this. Date honey sounds so interesting! I never had any!!! It looks so moist and just plain DELICIOUS!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-10-2011

      Thanks Manu! Its a great recipe for a really simple and delicious banana bread, arent the things that are just so simple perfect sometimes? and if you cant find date honey then Im sure regular good old honey will be just as fabulous!

  2. Posted on: 4-10-2011

    It’s amazing I can almost see the rich flavors in the cake without having any… marvelous!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-10-2011

      Thanks Claudia! Dont you love food that you know is going to be amazing just by looking at it? πŸ™‚

  3. Posted on: 4-11-2011

    Bananas are truly a baker’s best friend! I just made a vegan banana custard with my overripe bananas! I love your loaf! I’ll have to try that next πŸ˜€

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-11-2011

      Tiffany,banana custard sounds awesome!!

  4. Posted on: 4-11-2011

    Looks really rich! Never used date honey and I do love banana cake.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-11-2011

      Adelina if you like banana cake you will love this! Its so wonderful and light!

  5. Posted on: 4-11-2011

    LOL! 7 overripe bananas! We always have bananas at home and my kids like them when they are still hard (not necessarily green). So if we forget to eat, we have so many soft bananas….. thank you for the recipe. Any recipes that I can use overripe bananas are very welcome in my household. How does date honey taste like? Never heard or taste it before.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-11-2011

      Nami, date honey is made from dried dates and is sweet with a very rich and deep flavor similar to a dark caramel. I love using it for cooking it brings a nice layer of flavor to things. I hope this recipe helps with your overripe banana problems!

  6. Posted on: 4-11-2011

    Great idea..and your loaf look perfect , beautiful and extremely tasty.I could have one right now with my morning coffee:))

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-11-2011

      Thanks Sandra! It is perfect with morning coffee.

  7. Posted on: 4-11-2011

    Beautiful slices. Now I just need overripe bananas to give this a whirl….we just go through ours too fast…ehehehe.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-11-2011

      Thanks Briarrose! It’s rare for me too to have so many overripe bananas! Next time you get bananas put one aside and don’t let anyone have it so that you can make this!

  8. Posted on: 4-12-2011

    Date honey is a first for me. I’d like to have a slice of your banana bread toasted and with Nutella!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-12-2011

      Ahhh Sandra! Nutella!! Everything is better with Nutella, good call πŸ™‚

  9. Posted on: 4-14-2011

    oh my. I must try this. Fantastic recipe and post. Thanks so much for sharing. πŸ˜€

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-14-2011

      Thanks Kate!! Try it! It is fabulous!!

  10. Posted on: 1-12-2012

    I hate overripe bananas but love to use them in baking – weird right πŸ˜›
    This looks like a delicious recipe to use for said purpose πŸ™‚

Leave a Reply

Connect With Me

Subscribe Via Email

my foodgawker gallery
My TasteSpotting Gallery
My Tasteologie Gallery
Bloggers - Meet Millions of Bloggers