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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(226 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



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  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed



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  • 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 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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10th Apr, 2017
This is my go to recipe for Banana Bread. Its delicious. Moist, not too sweet and tastes even better the next day. I probably make a loaf a week, which gets devoured by my teenagers, as soon as its out of the oven
7th Apr, 2017
Really moist, this is my go-to recipe to use up bananas. It's a tad too sweet, so I forgo the icing altogether, use wholemeal flour and less sugar (I prefer to use golden caster). I tend to split it into two loaf tins and even then it takes much longer to bake than the recipe states, so definitely use a skewer to check. I freeze it in slices and use it for lunch treats.
11th Feb, 2017
Amazing recipe. Made it twice now, and both times it worked really well. The bake takes longer than the time in the recipe tho. Took around an hour and 10 minutes for it to be done. Didn't have dried banana chips, so topped it with lightly roasted chopped cashews, which worked really well.
4th Feb, 2017
Wow, a gorgeous recipe. Very simple to make but longer to cook - as per other comments. Took 45 minutes. I added a few chocolate chips too. It was delicious eaten warm as it was so moist but crisp on the outside. This will become a family favourite.
3rd Jan, 2017
As with other comments takes longer than recipe says. 1 hour uncovered in my oven but hey that's baking for you and it always comes out perfect. Highly recommend.
27th Nov, 2016
I love this recipe and make it very regularly. Always gets a very positive response when eaten. To bake it does take longer than the recipe suggests but worth it for a delicious and moist banana cake. I was dubious about the icing but it really does give it that extra little something.
18th Nov, 2016
Very moist, yummy cake, delicious! Although the reason I've given it 4 starts was the timing wasn't right. It took an hour to cook so I covered it in foil half way through. Otherwise great recipe! I also added 50g of chocolate chips which worked very well.
17th Nov, 2016
This loaf takes much longer than 30 minutes to bake. I made it as I was short of time, feeling annoyed that it's taking forever to bake. I skewered it after 45 mins and the mix was still runny in the centre.
13th Nov, 2016
I followed this recipe to the letter and the loaf is lovely! It needs approximately 50 minutes in the oven (gas mark 4) and not 30, but everything else works fine. Easy to make and tastes yum! 5 stars for the cake, 4 stars for the recipe (timing needs adjusted).
10th Nov, 2016
Made this today and had to leave in the oven for much more longer than 30 minutes. I would not make it again, if I did by any chance. I would increase the flour and reduce the sugar and the comments have suggested


29th Jul, 2014
Can you freeze the banana cake?
5th Mar, 2015
i freeze it and it is lovely.
17th Jul, 2014
Can you tell me why your measurements are not in imperial? Or both? It would be so much easier!
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21st Jul, 2014
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3rd Feb, 2014
Can anyone help. I would like to print out a recipe but when I do, I get 3 pages worth. Which seems a waste of paper. Does anyone know how to print a paper friendly recipe?
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3rd May, 2015
Are all 3 pages full of the recipe, or do you have some pages which are just adverts or whatever? If the latter, go into print settings and select the pages you actually want to print.


13th Nov, 2013
I add 100g of chopped walnuts and 100g of chopped dark chocolate pieces. Scrummy! Also, sprinkle demerara sugar on top instead of the drizzle and banana pieces for a lovely crunchy topping.
22nd Sep, 2016
ah, saw some crunchy topped banana bread in a cafe the other day and wondered what the trick was. Thanks, I´ll follow this tip.
9th Oct, 2013
Measure 4 tablespoons of coco powder into your scales then add flour to make up the 140g - and add chocolate chips for a PERFECTLY MOIST and yummy chocolate and banana loaf! Massive hit!
14th Jul, 2013
If you have ripe bananas in the fruit bowl but no time to make this (or any other banana cake recipe!) did you know that if you freeze the bananas in their skins in a freezer bag, you can use them in your own time. Yes, they do look a bit black and soggy when they're defrosted, but just peel and mash them and they're fine!