Date and Banana Squares

"This is a delicious and unusual dessert using two of my favourite ingredients! The original recipe calls for 250ml sugar but I find that is too sweet for my tastes. Feel free to change the quantity back if you prefer something sweeter."
photo by Bokenpop aka Mad photo by Bokenpop aka Mad
photo by Bokenpop aka Mad
photo by Bokenpop aka Mad photo by Bokenpop aka Mad
Ready In:
15 squares




  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat the eggs in one at a time.
  • Add the flour, salt and baking powder and mix well.
  • Place half the mixture onto a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Cover the dough with banana slices and chopped date pieces.
  • Place the remaining dough over as a topping.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Brush the melted butter over the top while still hot.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the top.
  • Cut into squares and cool on wire rack.

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  1. Was going to try this recipe but will not because ingredients are shown in metric only.


I was born and raised in South Africa but now live in Delaware USA. Since I can remember I have been cooking! My first real cooking experience was when I was 7. I came home from school one afternoon and felt like French toast. My elder brother was home with his friends and did not want to make it for me, so I got a pan out, put it on the stove, turned the stove on to high. After that I could not remember what to do, but I knew that French toast involved bread so I put the bread in the hot pan without grease and poured milk over it! Oy vey... My brother's friend asked me what I was trying to make and I told him. He laughed and told me I was making it wrong but he also taught me how to make French toast the right way. I came home every day after that and made French toast. I felt so confident with the little bit of knowledge I had acquired that I soon started experimenting with other things. Nothing was going to stop me! The first full meal I ever made for my family was boiled rice and oven roasted chicken pieces with a steamed vegetable medley. I was 8 years old and my mom was in hospital. My dad was struggling to hold down an intensely busy job, keep the family going and be with my mom, so I thought I would help him. I don't think he believed that I had done it on my own. I remember telling him that I read in a cookery book how to make a roast chicken but I did not know what "a" rosemary was so I just put the chicken in the dish without it. Decades later with a myriad tried and tested recipes behind me - flops and failures included - I know my way around any food item and kitchen utensil, much to my family's delight!
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