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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(261 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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25th Jun, 2017
Very easy to prepare. Really disappointed with outcome which I have no doubt was down to inaccurate baking time recommended. I tested with a skewer which appeared to be clean. Within a couple of minutes of taking it from the oven, looking perfect, it sank. Inedible
20th Jun, 2017
Nice, simple recipe and a lovely cake but the cooking time is way off. I've just made this for the first time and the oven was at temperature because I'd just baked another cake and it took 60 minutes to cook through.
10th Jun, 2017
My 10 year old daughter just made this with a little supervision and she loved it. Simple recipe to follow and she described it as "divine". Had no problems with cooking time as per the recipe. Also simply made our own banana chips too.
9th Jun, 2017
I make a lot of banana loaf, this one caught my eye tonight! Sadly the cooking time was way off, took well over an hour and a half to cook based on advised temperature, left to cool, removed from tin and it fell apart. Tastes really nice, so will work on perfecting my own temps and timings.
4th Jun, 2017
I don't understand why everyone's given this recipe such great reviews when the cooking time is so off! Mine has been in the oven for an hour and a half. Hoping it tastes good
17th Apr, 2017
Best banana bread recipe I have tried yet. I miss out the icing sugar and banana chips. Have made with less sugar and added blueberries.
10th Apr, 2017
This is my go to recipe for Banana Bread. Its delicious. Moist, not too sweet and tastes even better the next day. I probably make a loaf a week, which gets devoured by my teenagers, as soon as its out of the oven
7th Apr, 2017
Really moist, this is my go-to recipe to use up bananas. It's a tad too sweet, so I forgo the icing altogether, use wholemeal flour and less sugar (I prefer to use golden caster). I tend to split it into two loaf tins and even then it takes much longer to bake than the recipe states, so definitely use a skewer to check. I freeze it in slices and use it for lunch treats.
11th Feb, 2017
Amazing recipe. Made it twice now, and both times it worked really well. The bake takes longer than the time in the recipe tho. Took around an hour and 10 minutes for it to be done. Didn't have dried banana chips, so topped it with lightly roasted chopped cashews, which worked really well.
4th Feb, 2017
Wow, a gorgeous recipe. Very simple to make but longer to cook - as per other comments. Took 45 minutes. I added a few chocolate chips too. It was delicious eaten warm as it was so moist but crisp on the outside. This will become a family favourite.


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