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

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(325 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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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.
26th Jul, 2017
This really is brilliant! Very easy to make and tastes delicious. Made yesterday and now only one very small slice left. I'll definitely make this cake again!
19th Jul, 2017
Can only assume that the people who claim the cooking time is off are either lying, can't use a stopwatch of can't read the temp dial. This recipe is delicious, the banana bread is moist and spongy and the cooking time is bang on!
19th Jul, 2017
Very very moist banana loaf, the recipe is too wet for me. Cooking time is very wrong. I had to double the cooking time to an hour and even then it was still worryingly moist despite a skewer coming back clear. It ended up edible but not as nice as I had hoped, the crust is tasty lol, it was very dense on the lower half of the loaf almost similar to rye bread this I think was due to larger than average bananas being used possibly. Ended up coming across a different recipe with different ingredient ratios but closer to the 1-hour cooking mark, will try that instead rather than re-attempting this one.
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18th Jul, 2017
Mine is still cooking after 50 minutes in the oven and looks wobbly like a souffle ...... despite a simple recipe , dunno when it will be cooked !
Dot Cotton
6th Jul, 2017
Lovely recipe. I made 12 muffins & baked for about 20 minutes. Delicious!


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