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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(269 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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23rd May, 2013
This was lovely. As mentioned above, I left the loaf in my non-fan gas oven for almost an hour. Does the cooking time vary with the condition/size of the bananas?
12th May, 2013
An excellent and very easy recipe loved by the many friends I have made it for. Great treat for my five year old daughter and her friends.
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23rd Apr, 2013
I made this yesterday to use up some over ripe bananas. As many have suggested I too had to leave the cake in for longer than the suggested 30 minutes, I added a further 8 minutes which was just right for my oven. It turned out to be a very tasty and very moist cake. I would certainly make it again as it is a quick and easy way of using up those old bananas with store cupboard staples.
6th Apr, 2013
Lovely recipe, very simple. I just put everything in a bowl and used an electric hand whisk to blend all the ingredients together, then stirred in the mashed banana. As others have commented, I increased the baking time to 55 minutes. Will add chocolate chips next time!
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29th Mar, 2013
Easy banana bread, and very tasty. It took 50 mins to cook. I added an ample portion of walnuts, so yummy!!!
28th Mar, 2013
This is a very easy recipe that turns out great each time I use it. I've added raisins, Scottish oats and a dash of cinnamon and they all seem to work. I sling everything in the food processor using a dough blade and it honestly doesn't taste any different than if I do it in a bowl.
25th Mar, 2013
Excellent! Totally loved it. I don't even like bananas, but this was lovely. The sponge was nice and moist, meaning the cake could be left to eat without extras such as cream etc. I didn't include the banana crisps as I didn't want to over-do the banana considering I didn't like it, but the drizzle gave it a nice crunch on the top. I did have to leave it in the oven about 15 minutes longer than reccommended however, but other than that FAB!
3rd Mar, 2013
This is the best banana cake recipe I've ever tried and I've tried quite a few (which all failed miserably!) This one is nice is light, more like a sponge cake rather than a traditional heavier loaf style banana bread. I added a tsp of vanilla essence and milk chocolate chips and the previous time I made added washed and chopped glace cherries.
24th Feb, 2013
great recipe! quick and easy to make. going to stay with us now
5th Feb, 2013
Lovely and easy cake!


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