Best Banana Bread


Truly, I say to you, this is the best banana bread. Mango, dates, and a ginger and pistachio streusel topping.

Susan found this recipe. “Why don’t you make this for us? We have the ingredients.” And, I did.

You will be very happy you made this delicious and special banana bread.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
 ½ teaspoon baking soda 
¼ teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 eggs, lightly beaten 
1 ½ cup mashed bananas
1 cup sugar
 ½ cup vegetable oil or melted butter 
¼ cup chopped dates 
½ cup chopped fresh mango 
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 

Ginger Streusel-Nut Topping

 3 tablespoon packed brown sugar
 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
 4 teaspoon butter
 ¼ cup chopped pistachios
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger 


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch pan; set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ginger. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.  
  1. In a medium bowl stir together eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Meanwhile, toss chopped mango in 1 Tbsp. flour. Fold dates and mango into batter. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle Ginger Streusel-Nut Topping over batter.  
  1. Bake for about 70 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover loosely with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.  (I didn’t wait that long! It looked so delicious and it was delicious.)

Ginger Streusel-Nut Topping  

In a small bowl combine brown sugar and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pistachios and crystallized ginger. 

Based on a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen.

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