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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(228 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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12th Sep, 2016
Took a lot longer to cook but is moist and tasty. I don't like bananas but been a hit with the family
12th Sep, 2016
I made this after reading the comments. I reduced the sugar to 90g and added 175g flour. Baked for 50 mins and it has come out perfectly! I will make it again as so easy to make.
Bora Trang
30th Sep, 2016
Thanks @Clarefry so much for your own recipe because the bananas I got were (the Vietnamese one) very very ripe, so tasty and of course were so sweet. You're right to reduce the quantity of sugar. Bravo! I will make it again!
28th Aug, 2016
Stumbled across this little gem today- delicious! Quick and easy to do, too. I found that baking this is a larger square shaped tin and spreading the mixture out (rather than a thicker layer in a loaf tin) quickened the cooking time.
24th Aug, 2016
Very easy and very tasty! Glad I read the comments - it definitely took 45-50mins to cook, not 30mins like the recipe states.
22nd Aug, 2016
The cake itself is lovely. Added some vanilla essence and will add chocolate chips next time. Definately took longer than 30 mins as others have said. I would agree with 50.
18th Aug, 2016
I made this brilliant banana cake with my ten year old great granddaughter, using double quantity so she could take one home with her.It was so easy ....not to say brilliant and tasted really good. Everyone was delighted with it...especially when we served it with home made redcurrant icecream that she made with her great gramps! A winner! Oh yes,it took a litle longer to cook than the recipe says, but that was no hardship.
18th Aug, 2016
Used this recipe as a foundation: added a little cinnamon, a squidge of golden syrup and some vanilla extract and served warm with a dollop of ice cream. Very delicious! Would agree that 30 minutes isn't long enough- 50 did the trick.
17th Aug, 2016
Worked like a charm :) lovely easy recipe - turns out a moist 'bread' which isn't too sweet. Aga owners - cooked mine in the baking oven, on the lowest shelf height, for 40 mins.
11th Aug, 2016
Apart from the timing it's a great recipe. My fan oven was well heated at 160 degrees and baked for 50 minutes and it was perfect. I didn't change the recipe either - i used frozen bananas and made sure to drain any excess moisture before adding. I think i will add choc chips next time. I'm not sure why this recipe has failed so badly for others - but i do advise against opening the oven since that will make the cake sink. I also made with the drizzle which gave it a nice crunch. Also, cake improves and it was even better the next day.


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