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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(293 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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18th Dec, 2017
Cooking time was very wrong. I cooked this for a little over 50 minutes, until the skewer came out clean. It sank BUT it was delicious, still a little raw at the bottom but all four of my children enjoyed it, even the eldest who never likes cakes!
16th Dec, 2017
Timing was way off. Over 1 hour and still not done. Took it out and it collapsed - bottom was stodgy and not very nice taste.
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Sarah Luddy
11th Dec, 2017
Takes longer than 30 minutes + too sweet & not good texture. Disappointing.
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Joanne Lau
7th Dec, 2017
Super easy recipe. I doubled the recipe and cut down the sugar (from 280g to 200g) - turned out very well. Baked in 50mins.
20th Nov, 2017
Lovely and simple. Great way to use up ripe bananas. It definitely does not cook in 30 minutes. I’d leave in for at least 50 minutes. To stop it burning I placed some baking paper over it at 30 minutes. Also I added chocolate chips which made it even more yummy.
19th Nov, 2017
I make this as a traybake which solves the timing problem - it is quite a wet mix but cooks well if spread out. It’s delicious- I have been asked for the recipe every time I’ve made it.
12th Nov, 2017
Cooking time is incorrect.
Joanna J
11th Nov, 2017
Delicious! I have made so many of these now I find myself buying too many bananas so they get old! I add some cut up apple and raisins to it too. It does need longer in oven but only 5-8 mins more. Has never failed me, and cake never lasts long enough to freeze or store!
7th Nov, 2017
I thought 30 minutes seemed optimistic for a loaf tin. I made mine as muffins anyway - just under 30 minutes, no issues with not being cooked through. I added nutmeg and cacao nibs, and topped with a few oats on each one for decoration. Would have been a 5, but for the error on timing
7th Nov, 2017
Very simple to make and the kids love it. This definitely needs more than 30mins to cook through though. 50 mins is more like it.


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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16th Sep, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question, blackberry honey will be available from larger supermarkets or specialist food stores or delis.
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:
7th Nov, 2017
the 2lb loaf tin seems a bit inconsistent then
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.


5th Mar, 2015
Instead of the banana chips and drizzle simply sprinkle demerera sugar over the top before popping it in the oven and its GORGEOUS!
27th Feb, 2015
First attempt following the above was moist and stodgy. Added 60g extra flour, and baked on a fan at 150 for 55 minutes. Perfect !!
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!