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Banana, raspberry and walnut loaf

Banana, raspberry and walnut loaf
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Serves: 12
Time to make: 1 hr 20 mins (Hands-on time: 10 mins, Cooking time: 1 hr 10 mins)
Total cost: $6.48 / $0.54 per serve

3/4 cup pitted dried dates, coarsely chopped
2 cups wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, plus 1 tablespoon extra
1 cup mashed ripe banana (2-3 bananas)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 eggs, lightly whisked
3/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Instructions

Step 1 Heat oven to 180°C. Grease a 9cm x 19cm x 5.5cm loaf pan and line with baking paper.
Step 2Set a medium saucepan over a low-medium heat. Add dates to pan with 1 cup water and simmer for 5 minutes, or until dates soften and start to break down. Remove saucepan from heat.

Step 3 Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and walnuts in a large bowl. Add date mixture, mashed banana, vanilla extract and eggs. Stir until almost combined. Fold raspberries through mixture.

Step 4Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Smooth surface with the back of a spoon, scatter with extra nuts and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into centre of loaf comes out clean.

Step 5 Leave loaf to cool in pan for 30 minutes. Turn out and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice loaf evenly and serve.

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