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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(230 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
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  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
    Banana

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

  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 the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add the eggs with a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour, baking powder and bananas.

  4. Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 mins until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.

  5. Mix the icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a runny icing. Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with banana chips.

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Anna Daly-McCabe
20th Aug, 2017
3.8
I made this today and I followed the recipe but I didn't put the icing over it. The banana bread turned out perfect. Lovely and moist and just lovely with a pot of tea.
madden060
8th Aug, 2017
0.05
I cannot understand this recipe! Twice I have cooked it and twice it has not cooked through even though I have followed the recipe to the T! It is a wet and soggy mess. As for taking 40 minutes on gas mark 4 it has been in the oven for over an hour and has come out uncooked and very unappetising! I had hoped to give my grand daughter a slice for her tea but it is now in the bin! Please can someone help me as to where I am going wrong. I have been cooking cakes and biscuits for my family for over thirty years and this is the worst recipe I have ever used.
Bernadette Lawrence
6th Aug, 2017
3.8
Very light cake. Easy and quick to make. Cooks well in my convection microwave.
Mongoose1
26th Jul, 2017
5.05
This really is brilliant! Very easy to make and tastes delicious. Made yesterday and now only one very small slice left. I'll definitely make this cake again!
James_h
19th Jul, 2017
5.05
Can only assume that the people who claim the cooking time is off are either lying, can't use a stopwatch of can't read the temp dial. This recipe is delicious, the banana bread is moist and spongy and the cooking time is bang on!
lirael92
19th Jul, 2017
2.55
Very very moist banana loaf, the recipe is too wet for me. Cooking time is very wrong. I had to double the cooking time to an hour and even then it was still worryingly moist despite a skewer coming back clear. It ended up edible but not as nice as I had hoped, the crust is tasty lol, it was very dense on the lower half of the loaf almost similar to rye bread this I think was due to larger than average bananas being used possibly. Ended up coming across a different recipe with different ingredient ratios but closer to the 1-hour cooking mark, will try that instead rather than re-attempting this one.
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sophieanderson
18th Jul, 2017
3.8
Mine is still cooking after 50 minutes in the oven and looks wobbly like a souffle ...... despite a simple recipe , dunno when it will be cooked !
Dot Cotton
6th Jul, 2017
5.05
Lovely recipe. I made 12 muffins & baked for about 20 minutes. Delicious!
Manchesterterrier
25th Jun, 2017
Very easy to prepare. Really disappointed with outcome which I have no doubt was down to inaccurate baking time recommended. I tested with a skewer which appeared to be clean. Within a couple of minutes of taking it from the oven, looking perfect, it sank. Inedible
Carlabump
20th Jun, 2017
3.8
Nice, simple recipe and a lovely cake but the cooking time is way off. I've just made this for the first time and the oven was at temperature because I'd just baked another cake and it took 60 minutes to cook through.

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mosh4f
30th May, 2017
is it possible to used demerara instead of cater? thanks
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goodfoodteam
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.
Loubi76
23rd Oct, 2016
3.8
I've just made this and the kids love it. Can I freeze it?
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goodfoodteam
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.
GirlWhoBakes
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?
Charlotte-Kate
15th Aug, 2015
I've just tried using vitalite - bread hadn't cooked through properly. Bit disappointing
jimiskewl
15th Sep, 2014
2.55
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?
yvonnewadeson
5th Mar, 2015
5.05
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 .
sacwak1
10th Sep, 2014
I'm attempting to make an American recipe that calls for 'Blackberry honey', does anyone know if it available in the UK?
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goodfoodteam
16th Sep, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question, blackberry honey will be available from larger supermarkets or specialist food stores or delis.

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Max7months
13th Feb, 2017
Hi, I found making this as a tray bake worked better- you still need longer in oven!
Chlobot92
11th Nov, 2016
Much the same as the comment below - have made this twice and came out very nice both times, just takes quite a bit longer than 30 mins to properly cook! I did about another 20-30 mins extra checking it every so often - makes it a bit darker brown on the outside but it doesn't taste burnt and still nice and light and spongey :) (and as I hate banana chips I used dried cranberries instead which I like) May try with chocolate chips next time, and cooking on a bit lower heat for the longer amount of time.
janethebaker
22nd Sep, 2016
Just making it now....opened oven at 30 min (should have read the comments), could see it was nowhere near set/spongy. Took a chance on an extra 20 mins (having read the comments) and it worked. Has come out nice and spongy. Tastes good but a bit too sweet so will cut down on sugar next time
Shazzanne
2nd Sep, 2016
I too tried this recipe. Was very easy to follow. I added Chopped walnuts and tasted amazing. I cooked my cake in a bundt tin which I would highly recommend as the cake cooked exactly 30 mins.
Robert C
28th Nov, 2015
5.05
Easy peasy to make but I found that 35-40 mins baking time required. Try it with honey drizzle mmmmmm!!
SallyR13
24th Aug, 2015
5.05
I decided to make this recipe gluten free by swapping the flour for a 150g packet of ground almonds and it was absolutely fantastic! It turned out as more of a cake than a bread, and it took 50 minutes in the oven, but it was moist and delicious.
yvonnewadeson
5th Mar, 2015
5.05
Instead of the banana chips and drizzle simply sprinkle demerera sugar over the top before popping it in the oven and its GORGEOUS!
Craighardy89
27th Feb, 2015
5.05
First attempt following the above was moist and stodgy. Added 60g extra flour, and baked on a fan at 150 for 55 minutes. Perfect !!
jmstpt
31st Dec, 2014
As other comments. Gas mark 4 for 1 hr did the trick - 30 mins not enough. Very nice recipe; moist and tasty. We added some chocolate chips to add to the flavour. Easy mix too - kids enjoyed getting stuck in!
dsbusa
11th Nov, 2014
3.8
Don't be tempted to put in a third banana...it will sink like a stone! I added lemon zest to my batter, made the icing with lemon juice and scattered gaily with poppy seeds.

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