Banana Date Cake Recipe: A Creative Twist on Banana Cake

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This banana date cake recipe is an adaptation of the classic banana cake or “kue pisang”. The primary ingredient, sugar, is substituted with dates, while butter or cooking oil is replaced with VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil).

Using Dates as a Sugar Substitute in Banana Cake

Dates are among the sweetest fruits and are available in several varieties. In this recipe, sugar is replaced with this sweet fruit, and the result is just as delicious.

Switch to Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)

Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) has numerous health and beauty benefits. Good quality coconut oil is pure or virgin, not processed. VCO is extracted from fresh coconuts without any chemical additives and high temperatures to preserve its natural compounds, such as phenolic compounds, making it a potential antioxidant.

Choosing the Right Bananas

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Preferably choose fully ripe bananas with a fragrant aroma to enhance the cake’s flavor. Cavendish bananas are a great option. However, for this recipe, I used “Frui Baby” bananas, a brand I recently discovered at a nearby minimarket, elegantly packaged in a neat cardboard box.

Other ingredients besides bananas and dates are easily available in the market. The preparation process is straightforward. First, blend the bananas and dates, then mix them with eggs and other standard ingredients. The texture of this banana date cake resembles brownies, not fluffy like a sponge cake. This recipe relies on baking powder and baking soda to help the cake rise.

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Banana Date Cake Recipe

Recipe by Hani
Discover a delightful twist on banana cake with this Banana Date Cake recipe, featuring healthy substitutes like dates and VCO
Prep Time :20 minutes
Cook Time :40 minutes
Total Time :1 hour 10 minutes
Course :Cake dan Kue
Cuisine :Indonesia


  • 2 eggs
  • 60 g dates
  • 150 g ripe bananas
  • 100 g low-protein flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 70 g VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil)


  • Prepare the dates by removing the seeds.
  • Blend the dates and bananas until smooth, set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the banana-date mixture and vanilla extract. Mix at high speed until it thickens and leaves a trail (about 10 minutes, depending on your mixer).
  • Sift the flour with baking powder and baking soda, then gently fold it into the mixture using a spatula.
  • Add the VCO and fold it in until evenly mixed.
  • Prepare a 20 x 10 cm baking pan, grease it with oil and line it with baking paper.
  • Pour the batter into the pan, even out the surface by lightly tapping.
  • Add toppings as desired.
  • Bake in an oven at 160°C (320°F) for 40 minutes or until done (adjust according to your oven).
  • Serve warm.



  • Ensure the baking powder and baking soda are of good quality to avoid the cake becoming too hard or dense.
  • Hello, I'm Hani and I enjoy collecting recipes from various social media platforms. I've tried some of them on my blog. Hopefully, they can help mothers with cooking.