Who needs dainty, cupcakey, frippery and frou-frou? This is a solid, gulag-style old-fashioned loaf that demands you cut off a great big hulking slab, slather it with butter and eat it accompanied by builders tea.
It's not all hulk and bulk though. The bananas make it lovely and moist, the dates are sticky and gooey, it's low in fat, big on taste and only takes 15 minutes to make.
1 tsp of ground nutmeg
2 large or 3 medium bananas - about a cup full of whipped banana but no matter if it's slightly more
Sift the self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl.
Stir through the dates and sugar
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients
In another medium size mixing bowl chop up the banana into slices
Whisk the banana slices until smooth-ish
Add the eggs and milk and whisk briefly together until combined
Pour half the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and combine at a low speed until blended
Add remaining banana mixture and combine until just blended [don't over-mix]
Pour mixture into a greased or lined loaf tin
Bake for 50 mins at 180 degrees [as I use a fan oven I bake it for 40 minutes -turning the tin around half way through]