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
    Baking powder

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  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed



    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 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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17th Nov, 2012
Lovely moist banana bread. I too made it without the drizzle and dried banana. I baked it for 45 minutes and left it to cool in the tin.
6th Nov, 2012
half an hour was no where near long enough :/
5th Nov, 2012
This is such a lovely, simple recipe that is wonderful to bake. The second time I baked this I added raisins and rolled oats which was very nice. The third time I baked this I added raisins, rolled oats and cinnamon - even better! If you ever have overripe bananas you don't want to waste use this recipe!
31st Oct, 2012
This is the best recipe for banana loaf and I have tried many, the only down side is it needs longer cooking time that recommended.
27th Oct, 2012
Added cocoa powder instead of 50g of flour to make a choc and banana loaf. Simples!
27th Oct, 2012
Definately takes longer to cook, but a really nice cake. Any methods for increasing the rise though? With every banana bread recipe i've tried they always come out a little deflated. Great taste though!
17th Oct, 2012
I found this needed 50 mins at GM 4 not 30.
17th Oct, 2012
Fabulous moist cake,i don't usually make any changes to recipes but i only had smallish eggs so i added 2 tablespoons of olive oil and out of habit a good tablespoon of vanilla extract.This cake did take about 10 minutes extra to bake but boy it`s good, yummy and delish .I was getting a bit bored of my old banana loaf recipe and was sure there must be a recipe worth having black skinned banana's for and now i've found it :)
15th Oct, 2012
quick, easy and soooo good
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14th Oct, 2012
Very Moist, easy fast and very popular done twice in two days, took longer than exspected but love it all the same :)


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