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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(237 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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  • 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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26th Jul, 2017
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!
19th Jul, 2017
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!
19th Jul, 2017
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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18th Jul, 2017
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
Lovely recipe. I made 12 muffins & baked for about 20 minutes. Delicious!
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
20th Jun, 2017
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.
10th Jun, 2017
My 10 year old daughter just made this with a little supervision and she loved it. Simple recipe to follow and she described it as "divine". Had no problems with cooking time as per the recipe. Also simply made our own banana chips too.
9th Jun, 2017
I make a lot of banana loaf, this one caught my eye tonight! Sadly the cooking time was way off, took well over an hour and a half to cook based on advised temperature, left to cool, removed from tin and it fell apart. Tastes really nice, so will work on perfecting my own temps and timings.
4th Jun, 2017
I don't understand why everyone's given this recipe such great reviews when the cooking time is so off! Mine has been in the oven for an hour and a half. Hoping it tastes good


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
Hi there. We consistently use metric measurements across the whole site, but you may find this conversion tool helpful:
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.


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!
11th Nov, 2014
Don't be tempted to put in a third will sink like a stone! I added lemon zest to my batter, made the icing with lemon juice and scattered gaily with poppy seeds.
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!