Banana, walnut & chocolate chip loaf

Banana, walnut & chocolate chip loaf

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(100 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 5 mins


Serves 8
Paul Hollywood shares his banana bread recipe - this delicious bake is dotted with chocolate and nuts

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal578
  • fat28g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs72g
  • sugars50g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled



    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs



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  • 140g softened butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 100g walnut piece
  • 100g chocolate chip


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl, mash together the bananas and the sugar with the back of a fork. Add the eggs and mix well with an electric hand whisk until fully incorporated, then add the butter and mix for a couple mins more to blend everything together. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and fold together with a spatula, then add the walnuts and chocolate chips. Give everything one final mix before tipping into the lined loaf tin.

  2. Bake for 1 hr 5 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out and serve cut into thick slices, either warm or at room temperature. Any uneaten cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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7th Apr, 2020
Does anyone actually check these recipes?? This is WAY to sweet. 250g sugar is a lot of sugar anyway, and if you're using ripe bananas they bring even more sugar. This is so sweet it's inedible. Straight in the bin. BBC, please employ a checker.
Lindsay Dennis
15th Feb, 2020
Delicious. I split the mixture and made 2 x 1lb cakes and baked for 10-15 mins less. I used half dark muscovado sugar. Froze one of the cakes. Will definitely make again.
11th Aug, 2019
I agree with the other commentators. The flavour and texture of the recipe is fantastic. I was sceptical of the quantities so cut the sugar by 50g, and used a 72% cocoa solids dark chocolate. There were a few issues with the methodology but nothing disastrous: - combining the butter (even softened) wasn't easy. As others have pointed out, creaming the butter and sugar first would have worked better. But it didn't matter too much. I was afraid that the bits of butter would leave holes in the dough as they melted, and make the outside of the loaf too crunchy (I've had issues with laminated pastry where the butter wasn't combined properly and effectively I ended up frying the pastry in a puddle of melted butter). Both of those things did happen to some extent but they really weren't an issue. In fact the outside got a nice slightly caramelised chewiness! - I needed an extra 5 minutes of baking time. Reading the comments, I can imagine that people might (ironically) have had trouble if their ovens were too hot - bananas have a high sugar content, so if your oven is too hot the outside will burn before the middle cooks. So a longer cooler cooking time will work better I think. But with those tweaks, I thought it was a great cake - looks nice, smells great, tastes fantastic. 4 stars only because of the methodological issues.
18th Jul, 2019
Terrible recipe which was far too runny. When it was cooked it was raw in the middle (still runny!!) and over cooked on outside - even after left in the oven or an extra 45 minutes. A waste of ingredients and time. Do not use this recipe...lots of better ones on this site!
23rd Oct, 2018
Will definitely make again! I followed the recipe exactly with the small exception of exchanging chocolate chips with chunks of good quality cooking chocolate. Baked in a 2lb loaf tin as suggested and it needed just 10 extra minutes so not bad at all. The mixture did look a bit odd as the butter didn’t incorporate entirely but didn’t make a difference to the end bake. It was delicious!
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10th Sep, 2018
AWFUL AWFUL RECIPE! After the said cooking time the middle was still raw and made a mess into the oven. Had buttery lumps in the mixture, would recommend to cream the butter FIRST. Great British Bake Off....pffff
6th Feb, 2018
Made with my 4 year old today, followed comments in creaming butter and sugar (reduced sugar) before adding eggs and banana and then folded in the rest of the ingredients, made them as muffins which took 20 minutes to cook, lovely and moist
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5th Jan, 2018
I’ve made a few banana cakes before but this recipe is by far the easiest to follow and the outcome is just as you’d expect a good banana bread to be - moist, fluffy, with brown crusty edges and delicious flavor! Considering the comments below and the fact that My toddler would be eating it too, I’ve made several adjustments: 1. I halved the amount of sugar and used brown sugar (I think that it gives baking a rich decadent flavor) and left the chocolate out; 2. I beat the eggs with the sugar at the start and then added melted butter and 3 large thawed overripen bananas; 3. I used a shallow baking dish instead of a cake tin (kept it in the oven for 55 mins (+/- 10 mins wouldn’t matter much)). The recipe is soooo easy, the result will surprise you!
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Katie henderson
8th Oct, 2017
An absolute favourite in our house! Delicious
5th Sep, 2017
I wish I'd read the previous reviews before baking this! I used a 2lb loaf tin but it took about an hour an a half to bake in my fan oven. The centre was still too soft and the outside very overdone. I would make it again as the flavour is great but would probably halve the ingredients and reduce the cooking time. Would also change the method and cream the butter and sugar as others have suggested.


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