Banana Walnut Bread (W/olive oil) |The Mediterranean Dish. Healthy Banana Bread recipe with a Mediterranean twist! Made with olive oil and honey! So yes, it's butter-free and sugar free. Delicious and nutrition-packed with dates, walnuts and a few fragrant spices. Get the step-by-step and more at TheMediterraneanDish.Com

Cardamom Banana Walnut Bread (Made with Olive Oil!)

  • Author: The Mediterranean Dish
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


Easy olive oil banana walnut bread! You get to skip butter and sugar for this reduced guilt, still indulgent banana bread. So moist and every bit as flavor-packed. See video tutorial just above.



  • 1/3 cup Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup quality honey, organic if possible
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp fat free plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fat free or low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp ground cardamom (if you’re not sure you’ll like it, start with the smaller amount)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (wheat flour if you prefer)
  • 6 dates, pitted and chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped dates)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnut hearts


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the olive oil and honey. Now add the eggs and whisk again to combine.
  3. Now add the bananas yogurt, milk, baking soda, vanilla extract, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk again.
  4. Using a spatula, stir in the flour; then add the dates and walnuts and stir the batter again until everything is well combined.
  5. Lightly oil a non-stick a 5 3/4 x 3 loaf pan like this one. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and shake very gently so it evens out.
  6. Bake in the 325 degrees F heated-oven for 55 minutes. Test by inserting a tooth pick into the middle of the banana walnut bread, it should come out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let the bread cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to cool on a wire rack for another 20 minutes or so. Slice and enjoy!


  • Pro Tip: use the best extra virgin olive oil you can or you may risk a rancid-tasting loaf. I used our Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil here; it adds great depth and keeps the loaf tasty and moist.
  • Recommended for this recipe: organic ground cardamom and nutmeg. SAVE! Try our Ultimate Mediterranean Spice Bundle. Or create your own 6-pack or 3-pack from our all-natural or organic spice selections.
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  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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