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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1st Sep, 2013
Not the best banana loaf recipe I've tried, but still very tasty. Issues - more like cake than loaf (expecting it to be heavier, but was very light and fluffy), took 55 minutes, not 30, in a fan assisted oven. Greased loaf tin with veg oil (as I always have with other banana bread recipes) and it stuck to tin. That said, I've no doubt it will all get eaten.
26th Aug, 2013
This is delicious, works really well with a few chunks of dark chocolate in the mix!!
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22nd Aug, 2013
I've just made this, and whilst cooking in the oven it looked to be going to plan. 55 mins later I took it out. Problem 1: It sunk Problem 2: I've cut into it and the bottom half looks raw! Can anyone tell me what I did wrong?
9th Oct, 2013
Oven to hot and to high in the oven maybe? x
19th Aug, 2013
Was very easy to make but I have a fan assissted oven so it actually took 60 minutes to cook through. I froze it and served it a week later to a very happy crowd!Yummy banana taste.....will make again
15th Aug, 2013
My first attempt at banana loaf went very well! It was really light and moist. Although I didn't have the right tin I did use a sandwich tin and worked well. Didn't need any longer in the oven, 30min was just fine. Definitely make again. :)
14th Jul, 2013
Lovely simple recipe, delicious even without the topping. I'm pleased I'm not the only person who had to cook it for at least half as long again! I thought all GF recipes were triple-tested!
27th Jun, 2013
This banana loaf is so yummy and easy to make! It was an absolute hit with the family! I added a handful of milk chocolate chips to the batter before baking which added extra 'scrumptiousness' Will certainly make it again.
22nd Jun, 2013
Very enjoyable. Made for my wife and she says "MAKE IT AGAIN, OR ELSE"
2nd Jun, 2013
Lovely & mosit cake....just needs a little tweaking though. 30 minutes in a fan oven is not enough, i cooked for 45 minutes and rested for 10 minutes and it came out perfect. Just the banana is not enough, so it does need that little extra, so Dark Chocolate chips work well with the banana as so does a little malt or honey. Keeps really well in a tub and stays really moist...perfect with a nice cup of tea!


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