Banana, Almond and Date Bars

    50 min

    Everyone will love these fruity treats. The moist cake bars are topped with a wonderful lemon icing. Enjoy with a big mug of tea or coffee.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 110g butter
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 300g sliced bananas
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 150g dates, pitted and chopped
    • 50g chopped almonds
    • 50g butter, softened
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 175g icing sugar

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 20x30cm baking tin.
    2. In a large bowl, cream margarine and sugar. Gradually mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in bananas. Sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Stir into the sugar mixture. Finally, fold in dates and chopped almonds.
    3. Spread batter evenly into prepared tin. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool.
    4. Meanwhile, make the lemon icing. Mix together salt and icing sugar. Stir in soft butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
    5. When bars are cool, spread the lemon icing over the top and cut into squares.

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    WOW! I had overripe bananas and did not want to make bread or cookies. Found this one and it is already in the recipe book. I am eating my 4th piece now! I did make a few changes. I used extra light olive oil instead of butter. Reduced the sugar by 1/2cup and used 1/2 brown/white. I replaced the almonds with walnuts and added coconut. I did not ice it at all. Super yummy. I do think I will reduce the amount of sugar by another 1/2 cup next time. The dates make it plenty sweet. If I was to ice it for taking it to an event, I would definately reduce the sugar. Oh yes, I mashed the bananas. I used 3 very ripe ones.  -  30 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Wow, this tastes SO good. I love dates and bananas together and this is no exceptioin. I cut the sugar back by 1/4 cup, didn't add any almonds because I didn't have any on hand, and used dried dates as opposed to the softer, moist ones packaged in plastic (although I'll definitely try to use those next time I make this). The end result was a moist delicious cake-like dessert that is just awesome with the lemon glaze on top. I made this on a whim and out of boredom, but I'll definitely be making this again and again in the future.  -  03 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe was great! I had some dates to use up, so I decided to give it a try. My family loved them. They were moist and delicious, although my 4 year old thought the icing was too lemony, and made me scrape most of it off his pieces. I recommend it!  -  30 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)