Banana & walnut loaf

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


Cuts into 8 slices
This homely and wholesome cake is also light and moist, with the natural sweetness of sticky bananas and the warm toastiness of nuts

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal399
  • fat20g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars30g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.54g
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  • 100g softened butter, plus a little extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 beaten egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 4 very ripe bananas



    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 85g chopped walnuts



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 50ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease a 2lb loaf tin with some butter and line the base with baking parchment, then grease this as well.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and egg, then slowly mix in flour and baking powder. Peel, then mash the bananas. Now mix everything together, including the nuts.

  3. Pour your mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hr, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack before removing from the loaf tin. The loaf can now be wrapped tightly in cling film and kept for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost and warm through before serving. Serve in thick slices topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with a little Easy chocolate sauce (see recipe, below).

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Comments (117)

Eating in's picture

Loved this! I followed the recipe, but added on another 20 mins or to the baking time as I'd read other comments. It came out a treat and it keeps really well in a seal tight plastic box. Easy peasy too!

ldglos's picture

I cooked as per recipe and after an hour was still gloopy. Kept baking for another forty mins, still gloopy but tastes good. I think three bananas might be the trick and maybe at 170 in the fan oven.

debbie592's picture

I followed the recipe exactly and my loaf was hard on the outside and wet and sticky inside! A waste of ingredients and my time, as everything ended up in the bin! I will never use this recipe again!

Jessie M's picture

Just delicious! I added some vanilla extract to my mix and it took the recipe to another level. Took a little longer to cook in the oven, but well worth it!

PamOH's picture

a wonderful bread, I wanted a real healthy alternative so used wholemeal flour instead of plain and also some oats, want to try it next time with natural sugar or agave syrup

stephaniepebrocq's picture

Delicious, very moist! Although mine remained quite flat and I wasnt sure it was cooked when I took it out of the oven.. but it was fine. Love the banana flavour in cakes !!

snicka's picture

I added slices of banana with cinnamon and brown sugar to the top of the cake for the last 15 minutes of baking. It turned out beautifully and has got better and better over the last two days kept in an airtight tin.

supermum28's picture

I will make this for saturday for you gregg

yuliyaly's picture

Just made if and it is lovely!!! Moist, light and tasty! Would definitely make again.
I added milk in at the very end with walnuts

jmudd1's picture

Another great tip! Crush some extra walnuts in your hand and sprinkle over the top of the mixture before you put it in the oven, this gives it a lovely sweet nutty crunch. If your feeling extra sweet a sprinkle of golden caster sugar too!

jmudd1's picture

I used golden caster sugar rather than normal caster, only 3 bananas (as it seemed too bananary the 1st time) and added a dash of mixed spice and cinnamon, absolutely delicious! Serve with fresh cream poured over whilst still warm rom the oven.
Once cooled its a lovely treat with a cup of tea with a blob of extra thick double cream. Enjoy x

alice-x-x's picture

this recipe makes a wonderful nutty banana loaf. After an hour of baking I put the temperature up to gas mark 5 and cooked for another 15 minutes. It didn't sink and has still lovely and soft on the inside. Will be making it again!

missypoo's picture

Followed recipe to the letter. The loaf looked lovely when it came out of the oven. Left it in the tin for an hour to cool then cut some slices and what I got was a sludgy,gloopy consistency. Horrible! This is the worst thing I have baked in years. What a waste of ingredients. Don't bother!

dottie69's picture

I've made this many times, it's so good. Easy to make and tastes lovely. Makes a great easy pudding for family and great with a cuppa!!

double_c_123's picture

Just made this...tastes lovely!
I just used 3 bananas and added some chopped toffees to make banana walnut and caramel loaf.
Will definitely use this recipe again!

ashsultana15's picture

I tried this receipe for the first time today, followed receipe exactly and it came out great. Very moist & fluffy, accept I had to leave it in the oven for a lot longer than an hour, closer to 1hr30min at gas mark 4. Might try it with a higher gas mark next time.

camelcart8's picture

I loved this recipe - really moist and light. I only used 3 bananas and added poppy seeds with a crunchy sunflower seed topping instead of walnuts - delicious!

janeyc41's picture

Just made this cake after getting acquiring some walnuts, used a round silicone cake mould instead of a loaf tin and it turned out great, very moist and not too sweet, made the chocolate sauce to go with it but didnt have any cream so just used dark choc and some butter and it was delicious, will certainly be making again.....with cream

shirley1265's picture

forgot to rate before but can now add that if it is dry next day...just pop in toaster to warm it mmmmmmm

shirley1265's picture

Just made this to use up some bananas and it was just great. Didn't add the milk and took it out oven 10 minutes BEFORE end of hour. It is lovely and moist with a lovely banana flavour and chunks of walnut. Don't think it's going to last very long !!!


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