Paleo Banana Bread with Date Swirl

Paleo Banana Bread with Date Swirl

Light, moist paleo banana bread with the perfect amount of sweetness and cinnamon. Plus, a hint of decadence from a date paste swirl. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened.

Sometimes I go a little crazy with the 19 cent bananas at Trader Joe’s and don’t end up using nearly as many as I think I will when I’m buying them and am left with a bunch of bananas going bad on me.

Usually when I see my bananas ripening too quickly, I’ll peel them and freeze them for smoothies, orrrr, I’ll make banana bread:)

This time around, I was definitely in the mood to bake, so I knew banana bread was going to happen, but I wanted to try something I’ve never done before. I love the way swirl banana breads looked, so I figured I would play around with a swirl…well, I also had a jar of Dafero date spread in my pantry from the SXSW Wellness Expo, and thus, my idea to make a banana bread with a date paste swirl.

If you saw my recipe for Tahini and Sea Salt Chocolate Covered Dates, you know I love dates.

If you don’t have any date paste or don’t want to buy a jar of it, no worries, you can also easily make your own date spread by blending together 16 pitted medjool dates with about a 1/2 cup of hot water.

This paleo banana bread is not only healthy, but so decadent and perfectly sweet. Enjoy!


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First whisk together the wet ingredients, then stir in the dry ingredients.


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I ran out of parchment paper so I used aluminum foil! After I put the batter into the pan, I used Dafero date paste to make the swirl.


Tip: First spoon dollops of the date paste on top of the batter and then use a knife to swirl it evenly all at once.


Finished product! Check it out on Instagram: @natalieengx


Little slices of heaven

Paleo Banana Bread with Date Swirl

Natalie Eng | Naturally Natalie Eng
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine dairy-free, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, paleo
Servings 1 loaf



  • 2 c. Almond flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. Maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 4 tbsp. Date Paste (I used Dafero, but if you don't have date paste you can also blend 16 pitted medjool dates)
  • Coconut oil to grease the pan
  • Walnuts (Optional for topping)



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper, with the parchment paper hanging a little over the sides.
  • Peel and mash the bananas in a medium bowl. Whisk in the eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Stir in the almond flour, Himalayan salt, and baking soda until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and spoon tablespoons of the date paste in several spots, swirling it into the batter with a knife. (Tip: so you don't have to keep cleaning your spoon, first put a few dollops of date spread on the batter, then use a knife to swirl them all at once).
  • Tap the pan on the counter to settle the batter.
  • Optional to top with chopped walnuts.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  • Using the hanging parchment paper, transfer the banana bread onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Questions? Comments? I’d love to know what you think! If you liked this paleo banana bread recipe, please be sure to give it a 5 star rating in the comments below:)

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  1. Chanellor
    April 17, 2020 / 2:51 am

    5 stars
    Love this recipe; this was my first time baking banana bread and it came out great! The next time I make it, I might throw in some chocolate chips for fun!

    • April 25, 2020 / 10:23 pm

      So happy! I love Enjoy Life vegan chocolate chips! Xx, Natalie

  2. May 5, 2019 / 2:33 am

    I love banana bread. It reminds me of my grandmother, who taught me how to make it.

    • May 5, 2019 / 11:03 pm

      Aw that’s so sweet! I love it too!

  3. Clair
    May 4, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    This bread looks and sounds so delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  4. May 4, 2019 / 3:12 pm

    This looks delicious, I live in house with people who loves bake goods! So I’m willing to try to try this out!!! Thank You!!

  5. May 4, 2019 / 7:49 am

    This looks so yummy! I pinned it ❤️ Just saw your donut post and carrot cake with cashew cream post! I’m in love with your blog! You’re my go to food blog now I’m definitely gonna try this ☺️

    • May 5, 2019 / 11:01 pm

      Aw wow thank you so much!! Your comment totally just made my day! I will work on some more recipes for ya stat!!!

  6. May 4, 2019 / 6:05 am

    I am very sure my children will love it! They like bananas in all presentations possible 🙂 It’s also a good idea to prepare it together, it’s so much fun!

    • May 5, 2019 / 11:01 pm

      I hope so!! And yes for sure- I loved baking with my mom growing up!

  7. May 3, 2019 / 10:13 pm

    My husband and a couple of our kiddos will LOVE this! I always appreciate a good gluten free, dairy free recipe! This looks delicious!

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