Brazil & banana bread

Brazil & banana bread

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 45 mins - 55 mins

Skill level



Cuts into 12 slices

Often overlooked, these nuts deserve their turn in the spotlight - bake into a squidgy, soft loaf cake with fruit and coconut

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition per slice



  • 100ml sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 140g plain flour
  • 140g Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp butter, diced, plus extra to serve
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas - with black skins is ideal (about 175g peeled weight)
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease a 900g loaf tin, then line the base and ends with a long strip of baking parchment. Stir together 2 tbsp each of the sugar, flour, nuts and coconut. Add the butter and rub together to sticky crumbs. Set aside.
  2. Mash the bananas well, then stir in the sunflower oil, egg and milk. In a separate large bowl, mix half of the remaining sugar, followed by the remaining flour, nuts and coconut, then the baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. Whisk the egg white to stiff peaks, add the final bit of sugar and whisk again until stiff and shiny. Stir the banana mixture into the dry ingredients, then lightly fold in the egg white mixture. Gently scrape into the tin and scatter over the crumb mixture.
  4. Bake for 40 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean, covering with foil if the bread starts to go too brown. Cool in the tin, then remove and thickly slice, eating with butter, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2013

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jamietshaw's picture

The coconut adds a hint of flavour without being too overpowering, and folding in the egg white mixture gives the loaf a slightly different texture to normal sponge. It was a hassle with so many components, however – I suspect I’m more likely to make conventional banana bread recipes in the future rather than this one. Had to cook for 55 mins.

Susienano's picture

Great recipe which I tweaked due to allergy and preference. I skipped the topping, omitted the nuts and instead added a handful of mixed dry fruit and some sesame seeds.
As per others comments and sheer laziness I used the one bowl method mixing wet ingredients, including 2 whole eggs and then adding dry.
I reduced the brown sugar to 50g & added 3 tsps of Agave Syrup. I also substituted half the flour for coconut flour and used self raising instead of plain.
I cooked this for around 50 minutes. It was cooked through and moist, whilst hot, but perfect when cooled. A really delicious loaf, that I will certainly bake again! :)

rparnell's picture

Very nice cake with a nice crunchy topping. Took an hour and 5 mins in the oven though so don't take out too soon. Although that may be because it was a little wetter than it could've been as I didn't whip up the egg white separately, (my fault for assuming that adding the egg meant the egg white too). Lots of bowls used but my wife loves it so will definitely make again.

stmartin's picture

I don't know how Vivaves managed with only four bowls. I used five plus another small one and also a jug! The cake also took much longer than the 40 minutes it says. Mine was in for over an hour which after all is what you would expect for a cake of this size. I haven't tasted it yet. I hope it is worth all the fuss.

ashmarshall's picture
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Read the method and comments and decided to go with combining the wet ingredients and then adding them to the dry ingredients - essentially an all in one, making your prep time about 10 minutes if that. Used extra to make the crumble topping and upped the brazil nuts to 200g. Worked really well. A lovely loaf which everyone really liked!

amyone's picture
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I did mine quite similar to Nicolafoodie's and it turned out amazing! Such a tasty cake - my guests loved it!

ally_2301's picture
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I didn't really follow the recipe as I didn't bother with the topping of the whisking the egg white but instead I used all of the ingredients and did it as an all in one method and the resulting cake was really nice!

vivaves's picture
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well, this looks nice. so I tried it. A total faff to make, for a fairly ordinary cake, I'm afraid to say. You need not one, not two, not three, but FOUR mixing bowls to make this cake. I don't know why I bothered! I have excellent (and far more straightforward) recipes for banana loaf, usually with walnuts, so next time if I want Brazil nuts in I'll use one of those recipes instead, and substitute the nuts. Sorry, Good Food, generally I really rate your recipes but this one is really not worth the effort.