Who doesn’t love a good old banana loaf? Especially during lockdown, which certainly seems to have been the craze… And what I love about it, is that there are so many variations to make it a bit more exciting! I’ve coupled blueberries with dark chocolate plus a sprinkling of granola on top for a real treat – the result is a delicious soft loaf studded with texture, colour and flavour for a perfect mid morning or mid afternoon treat.


  • 2 bananas
  • 100g dates (I used Whitworths)
  • 50m maple syrup
  • 100ml almond or oat milk (I used Oatly)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (I used Loving Foods)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100g brown rice flour (I used Buy Wholefoods Online)
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

To top – 

  • Frozen blueberries
  • Granola (I used Eli’s peanut butter granola)
  • Dark chocolate, chopped (I used Oh So Dark Chocolate)

Get making!

  1. Blend the bananas, dates, syrup, milk, vinegar, vanilla and almond extract until smooth. (I use my Ninja Kitchen Nutri Ninja.)
  2. Add in the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and cinnamon and blend again. Spoon into the tin and smooth out evenly. 
  3. Scatter over the blueberries, granola and chocolate and push into gently. Bake for 30-40 minutes until risen, golden and a skewer comes out clean.
  4. Leave to cool in the tin, remove and slice up – enjoy!