Burundian Date and Banana Mix

This Date and Banana Cake, or ‘Date and Banana Mix’ like it seems to be traditionally called, is perfect if you want to make something easy, but different. Eat it warm!

Date and Banana Cake on a wooden plate.

So, unlike the Lentil and Bean Soup, this is not a naturally healthy dish, hehe. 🙂 It’s similarly very tasty, though!

The cake is very easy to make – it’s basically a matter of simply mixing the ingredients together, adding half to the sheet pan, dates and bananas in the middle and the rest of the batter to the top. I personally used a 22cm x 28cm pan. The dough is quite thick but don’t worry, it cooks through and will still be soft. Don’t forget to cover with some more of the cinnamon-sugar mixture!

P.S. Personal recommendation – if you have, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on your plate as well!

As usual, let me know down in the comments if you tried it and how you liked it! If you want to read more about life in Burundi and check out other recipes, see my post here!

Note: in the “Around the World” challenges, I try to find the most authentic recipes available. I will not make adjustments myself, other than converting the measurements and possibly giving some additional tips in the steps. This way, you’ll get the same traditional experience when trying yourself! 🙂

date and banana cake in a baking sheet

Date and Banana Mix

Yield: 12 pc
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Date and Banana Mix is perfect if you want to make something easy, but different. Eat it warm!


  • 250 g butter, softened
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 600 g flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 bananas
  • 220 g chopped dates
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon


    1. Beat about 220g of the softened butter with the sugar, then add the eggs one at a time with the first egg well incorporated before adding the second one.
    2. Add the flour, salt and baking powder and mix well.
    3. Line a pan with parchment paper. Spread half of the batter in the pan. Level the surface with your fingertips.
    4. Then add the sliced bananas.
    5. Remove pits from dates, chop coarsely and add to the bananas.
    6. Cover with the remaining half of dough.
    7. Bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown in an oven preheated to 350F/180C.
    8. Remove from the oven and brush the top of the cake with the remaining melted butter.
    9. Sprinkle the surface with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
    10. Enjoy warm!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 504Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 4gSugar: 35gProtein: 7g

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