Fig Banana Bread

Fig Banana Bread


Banana Bread:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup california figs, chopped
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped, toasted macadamia nuts


  • 8oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and adjust oven rack to lower middle position.
  2. Prep an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking/baking spray. See recipe notes.
  3. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl, Add the dried figs and mix together with a large spoon.
  4. In a separate large bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, melted butter, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla together.
  5. Fold the banana mixture gently into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined (do not over mix) Fold in the macadamia nuts. The batter will look thick and chunky.
  6. Scrape the batter with a spatula into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  7. Bake until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, about 55 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking.
  8. Cool the loaf in the pan for ten (10) minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to let cool completely before frosting, about 2-3 hours.
  9. Combine the softened cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract and mix with a hand mixer in a medium sized bowl until smooth and completely combined, 2-3 minutes.
  10. Add the vanilla extract and lemon zest, continue to mix for another minute until combined.
  11. Add the powdered sugar in stages, starting at 2 cups, mixing in each addition until smooth and combined.
Cook Time:
1 hour
Prep Time:
20 mins
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