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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(227 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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8th Oct, 2012
Definitely more cake than loaf however it was very delish. Left it in another 10 mins and left off the topping after reading reviews. I also added raisins choc chipsand cinnamon...which went down a treat with the kids as they helped to make it. Very easy and very tasty which means it's one I'll do again!
30th Sep, 2012
Great taste and easy to make. The Kids love helping to mix it all. We add white chocolate for the topping which makes it really special!
28th Sep, 2012
I made this cake twice in 2 days as it was that yummy! i had left over bananas so why not! didnt bother with the dried bananas & didn think i missed out on anything. easy to make & so moist! i will be making this over & over again!
25th Sep, 2012
Great recipe - very easy and tasty. As previous comments - inceased baking time to 55 mins and it was absolutely scrummy!! Didn't bother with the icing - great without it. Was even better the day after baking.
19th Sep, 2012
Love this cake! I make it all the time and extra for friends and family. I don't bother with the topping - it really doesn't need it as it's delicious as it is! Does take longer to cook than the recipe states but worth waiting for!!!!
18th Sep, 2012
Quick, easy and tasty! Whole family loved it! Thanks!
15th Sep, 2012
Really nice cake that everyone enjoyed. I loved the drizzle addition but left the dried bananas off. Put in the oven for 45 mins and trend out really moist and scummy.
14th Sep, 2012
Brilliant recipe! Lovely and moist in the middle but as most of the people above have suggested, needed an extra 15 mins in the oven. Left the icing and banana chips out but overall, a highly recommended cake!
12th Sep, 2012
Big hit with the family, defiantly a cake for those with a very sweet tooth if you include the drizzle like I did. Can't believe how simple it is to make such yummy cakes - ha can you tell im new to home baking. I did this at 160 in my fan oven and im yet another echoing previous comments in that I had to up the cooking time to 55 minutes.
5th Sep, 2012
Very tasty although I can only echo what others have said, I cooked for 55 minutes and I think it could have actually done with another 10 minutes. Nice though!


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