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



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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 Sep, 2017
Really good easy recipe, but I would definitely recommend adding cinnamon and chopped nuts.
14th Sep, 2017
Tried this recipe it was delicious but when we try it again we will use 100 grams of sugar as it was too sweet
11th Sep, 2017
Made this and it was absolutely beautiful. Took 50 minutes to cook rather than 30 but otherwise absolutely gorgeous. Only thing I did differently was to sift the flour and baking powder in to make it a bit lighter but all else the same. It was quick and easy and tastes amazing.
1st Sep, 2017
This recipe is so lovely! I did cook it for a little longer though I cooked mine for 40 minutes and I drizzled chocolate on top of mine instead. My banana bread turned out really nice so nice in fact I ended up having 3 slices to myself in one night.
24th Aug, 2017
I must have made this cake a dozen times and it takes precisely 45 mins. in my fan oven at 160 degrees. It's always a lovely light and moist texture - definitely not the slightest bit soggy. The only thing I can suggest to the ladies who are unhappy with their 'soggy, uncooked' cakes is that maybe they're using particularly large bananas? I do tend to buy the packs of smaller ones and just use two of those which works perfectly. Hope this is of some help.
23rd Aug, 2017
Just made this- its really lovely and tasty but definately took longer than stated. I bumped my oven up a tiny bit after reading others' reviews and it still took 47 mins to bake fully. Totally worth the wait though and kids all happily eating. I would make this again for sure.
23rd Aug, 2017
Add a good extra 10 minutes to the baking time. Lovely cake, I added dark chocolate chips, but didn't ice it.
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Anna Daly-McCabe
20th Aug, 2017
I made this today and I followed the recipe but I didn't put the icing over it. The banana bread turned out perfect. Lovely and moist and just lovely with a pot of tea.
8th Aug, 2017
I cannot understand this recipe! Twice I have cooked it and twice it has not cooked through even though I have followed the recipe to the T! It is a wet and soggy mess. As for taking 40 minutes on gas mark 4 it has been in the oven for over an hour and has come out uncooked and very unappetising! I had hoped to give my grand daughter a slice for her tea but it is now in the bin! Please can someone help me as to where I am going wrong. I have been cooking cakes and biscuits for my family for over thirty years and this is the worst recipe I have ever used.
Bernadette Lawrence
6th Aug, 2017
Very light cake. Easy and quick to make. Cooks well in my convection microwave.


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