Everyone should have at one amazing recipe for healthy banana bread in their arsenal. I am not the type to select just one favorite banana bread. However, these miniature loaves are absolute favorite. This bread is so soft and rich.
The salty, crunchy pistachios are the ideal juxtaposition to the sweet, soft dates. If my pantry is ever without dried dates (or figs, for that matter) and pistachios, something must be out of balance in the cosmos.
Whole wheat pastry flour provides a light texture. The flour is completely whole grain and its minimal wheat taste is subtle and smooth. Velvety, tangy organic Australian yogurt keeps the loaves moist and salubrious. You could certainly substitute a strained, Greek yogurt if you do not have Australian yogurt on hand.
This bread is adapted from Gayle Berger’s recipe via Sheryl Aronow at Mama’s Gotta Bake. The original recipe looks scrumptious and decadent. Truly a bread fit for a god (or in this case, Sheryl, the Baking Goddess).
My whole grain, lightened-up interpretation is equally tasty. Also, the altered recipe incorporates exquisite flavors – such as cardamom, almond essence, dates and pistachios – that bring to mind the cuisines of Persian, as well as Jewish and Middle Eastern, food culture.
Part of the reason I was so inspired to bake by Sheryl’s blog post and Gayle’s recipe is the story behind the bread. The power of food lies not only in its texture and taste, but in the memories and stories behind it.
Gayle and Sheryl met in pastry culinary school. They have been partners in baking (and bakery hopping) crime ever since. Their friendship warmed my heart, brought a smile to my face – and also imparted a strong urge to bake. A morning spent mixing is meant for me.
I hope that you pop a few small loaves (four, to be exact) into your oven. They are delicious and are even better when gifted to family and friends. Thank you for popping over to Casa Curls and Carrots. Have a lovely day!
Banana Date-Pistachio Loaves (Lactose-free)
Adapted from Gayle Berger’s recipe via Sheryl Aronow at Mama’s Gotta Bake. Makes four miniature loaves.
*yogurt is a naturally lactose-free food
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