Sliced banana bread topped with drizzle and banana chips on a serving plate

Brilliant banana loaf

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(456 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Cuts into 8-10 slices

A cross between banana bread and a drizzle cake, this easy banana loaf recipe is a quick bake that can be frozen and is great for using up overripe bananas

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per slice (10)

  • kcal268
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin



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

  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp 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…

  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed



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

  • 50g icing sugar
  • handful dried banana chips, for decoration



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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

  2. Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.

  3. Cream 140g softened butter and 140g caster sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add 2 beaten large eggs with a little of the 140g flour. 

  4. Fold in the remaining flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 2 mashed bananas.

  5. Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 mins until a skewer comes out clean.

  6. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.

  7. Mix 50g icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a runny icing. 

  8. Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with a handful of banana chips.

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Marie King's picture
Marie King
12th Jan, 2019
Exactly the same result as Ange La below. Soggy and greasy. Upped the cooking time to an hour and whilst the skewer came out clean it was still bad. Tried the banana bread on which is rated 5/5 and it was perfect. Know which recipe I’ll be using in the future!
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Kelly Coghlan
30th Dec, 2018
Lovely loaf cake! Super easy & never fails!
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Ange La
29th Dec, 2018
I’ve made this twice now - both times it’s soggy, greasy and fell apart! Even after cooking for 1hr 15mins. Avoid.
9th Dec, 2018
Nice cake but very very sweet. I reduced the sugar by a quarter this time and it's still very sweet. I did one and half times the quantities and cooked as a tray bake- about 25-30 minutes. Don't think it'll be around long!
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Kristina Thapa
19th Nov, 2018
BRILLIANT INDEED! Had mass amounts of over-ripe bananas and decided to go with this recipe as it was simplicity and didn't use many ingredients. I wanted to make quite a lot and used double the amount of everything (we had a lot of ripe bananas). Was very easy to make. The loaf once cooled was just delicious. Everyone loved it and even shared the recipe with my colleagues. Much appreciated, thank you.
3rd Nov, 2018
Simple recipe that works every time, although I do add ten minutes to the suggested cooking time. The kids love it.
30th Oct, 2018
This recipe was a bit of a disaster. I substituted butter for a non dairy alternative. Cake seemed to rise well initially but took far longer to cook than advised. It then completely collapsed once taken out of the oven. Any suggestions?
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Nicola Henshall
28th Oct, 2018
This is my favourite banana loaf recipe, I make it weekly for my family, however I reduce the amount of sugar by half (personal choice) and I also use brown sugar as this is a sweeter alternative, I find the Bananas sweet enough to compensate for the sugar.
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Rosebud Edel-Hunt
23rd Oct, 2018
OK - I made an account on BBC good food just so I could comment about this here loaf cake recipe. I have a revelationary tip and here it is! Use: 3 medium eggs 4 bananas (Chocolate chunks if you like that sort of thing?) And cook until cooked (just check regularly) Leave to stand for a good 20 mins to cool. The BEST cake ever. So moist, so bananary, so fluffy, so tasty. Perfection. Oh and I didn’t bother to decorate either, not needed.
22nd Oct, 2018
I doubled up the ingredients and made two of these banana loaves. The first one I cooked at fan 160°C and baked for around 45 minutes. I put foil on the top to prevent burning but I eventually had to take it out the oven to prevent the loaf being ruined. It turned out very crumbly and uncooked in the middle. I cooked the second at 180°C and it turned out much better. I guess it depends on your oven but my loaf definitely needed a higher heat.


Rhiannon Long
1st Oct, 2017
Can this recipe be made gluten free? What would I need to substitute?
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6th Oct, 2017
Thanks for your question. You can substitute the self-raising flour with gluten-free self-raising flour. Sometimes a little extra moisture is needed in the batter so add a splash of milk at the end of step 3.
30th May, 2017
is it possible to used demerara instead of cater? thanks
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6th Jun, 2017
Thanks for your suggestion. If you want to switch to a brown sugar we'd suggest light brown soft sugar rather than demerara which is courser.
23rd Oct, 2016
I've just made this and the kids love it. Can I freeze it?
goodfoodteam's picture
1st Nov, 2016
Hi yes, you can freeze it. We put freezer information above the nutritional information at the top of our recipes. You'll see a blue star plus any additional instructions. In this case, we suggest freezing the cake un-iced.
1st Oct, 2014
Has anyone substituted the butter for marg before, I've got flora buttery at home and no butter so was thinking of using it but worried the high oil content will make it watery and it won't come out as good, anyone tried it?
15th Aug, 2015
I've just tried using vitalite - bread hadn't cooked through properly. Bit disappointing
15th Sep, 2014
This took about 45 mins to bake and for some reason did not rise so well. Looked good on the outside, skewer came out clean, etc. But when I cut into it it was way too moist so I'm not sure if it was the recipie or something I did?
5th Mar, 2015
Hi i make this cake all the time and I have found that it needs 50-55 mins at 160 degrees. I have found that if the bananas are too large it is definitely soggier so perhaps try with a little less banana next time .


14th Sep, 2018
After reading comments I added 50g more flour, 1tsp ground cinnamon. I used medium eggs and baked at 170C for about 1hr. It turned out light, moist and very tasty. I have some dates and will add them next time I make it, also next time I will leave out the baking powder, it isnt needed.
31st Jul, 2018
I add a handful of chopped nuts, it turns out really nicely!
18th Jun, 2018
I baked this for closer for 50mins...and as I had a few lemons, decided to make a lemon drizzle for it using juice from 1.5 lemons and 85gm sugar. Pricked the warm cake with a skewer and poured the drizzle over it. Got rave reviews from the guests! The combination is definitely one I would try again!
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Keziah Philipps
2nd Jun, 2018
I make this with 100g of sugar instead as its healthier and tastes as good. Made it probably over 10 times. Also I sometimes add walnuts, chopped dates, cinnamon or replace sugar with brown muscavado to vary the flavour.
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Gabrielle Schnapka
23rd May, 2018
Definitely cook for longer and at a higher temperature. The first time I tried cooking the loaf at the recommended temperature and time and it came out undercooked! I read some reviews and the second time I cooked it at 170 for 40mins. The end result was much better and very tasty!
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Louise Miles
21st Feb, 2018
Cooked at least 10 minutes longer. Fluffier if bananas are not too ripe and large.
31st Dec, 2017
Double the cooking time as a minimum.
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Miranda Roles
10th Dec, 2017
It would be helpful if the video showed how to line the tin. And if she had her hair tied back.
24th Nov, 2017
I tried this recipe 3 times, and encountered problems each time. The cooking time is just totally incorrect. I also found having equal butter and sugar with the flour weighs the loaf down not allowing it to rise. I tried an old Be-Ro recipe that I had found in my grandma's house where the quantities are: 225g self raising flour 75g Butter 175g sugar and then bake at 160C (fan) for 1hr 15 minutes! I usually skip the topping as I'm too excited to eat the cake!
11th Oct, 2017
I experimented and put soft brown sugar in instead of caster sugar and turned out really well!