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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(264 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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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.
3rd Jan, 2017
As with other comments takes longer than recipe says. 1 hour uncovered in my oven but hey that's baking for you and it always comes out perfect. Highly recommend.
27th Nov, 2016
I love this recipe and make it very regularly. Always gets a very positive response when eaten. To bake it does take longer than the recipe suggests but worth it for a delicious and moist banana cake. I was dubious about the icing but it really does give it that extra little something.
18th Nov, 2016
Very moist, yummy cake, delicious! Although the reason I've given it 4 starts was the timing wasn't right. It took an hour to cook so I covered it in foil half way through. Otherwise great recipe! I also added 50g of chocolate chips which worked very well.
17th Nov, 2016
This loaf takes much longer than 30 minutes to bake. I made it as I was short of time, feeling annoyed that it's taking forever to bake. I skewered it after 45 mins and the mix was still runny in the centre.
13th Nov, 2016
I followed this recipe to the letter and the loaf is lovely! It needs approximately 50 minutes in the oven (gas mark 4) and not 30, but everything else works fine. Easy to make and tastes yum! 5 stars for the cake, 4 stars for the recipe (timing needs adjusted).
10th Nov, 2016
Made this today and had to leave in the oven for much more longer than 30 minutes. I would not make it again, if I did by any chance. I would increase the flour and reduce the sugar and the comments have suggested
23rd Oct, 2016
Hi. I've just made this this morning and the kids love it. Can I freeze it? So I can use it for pack lunch treat. Easy recipe to follow
18th Oct, 2016
I made this today and followed the recipe, I used a loaf tin and it took 30min with 10min cooling down time. The only difference was I used brown sugar and 4 small bananas, it came out great. Love this recipe.


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