Banana, walnut & chocolate chip loaf

Banana, walnut & chocolate chip loaf

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(103 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



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 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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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 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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jayjayem's picture
14th Apr, 2013
Followed recommendations to turn oven down a bit and I did cover with foil for the last ten mins baking. I used three bananas and cut the caster sugar down to 150g and it turned out great. Can someone explain why some recipes are heavy with sugar when cutting back does not ruin the cake? Is it a matter of taste? Or is there some science I am missing?
30th Jan, 2013
Did anyone notice a slight starchy after-taste? Maybe I put in too much flour or something. Don't have any scales, so I had to guess!!
8th Oct, 2012
Love this recipe! It's my fail safe banana loaf recipe, although I tend to leave the nuts out
3rd Oct, 2012
After reading the comments and having had plenty of loaf tin fiascos in the past I was all set for sunk/dried/miserable. Not a bit of it. Perfect.
18th Sep, 2012
Made this last night and it has all gone (it's 9.30am). I didn't have an electric whisk, so blended the butter in as best I could - didn't seem to affect the cake at all. I also forgot to buy greaseproof paper, so just buttered my loaf tin - it made the outside edges really crispy and buttery - yum. And finally, I replaced the choc chips and nuts with Malteasers. Absolutely amazing! The honeycomb melted through the cake and the big pieces of chocolate were a really sweet touch. Will definitely make again, and experiment with different 'extras'!
3rd Sep, 2012
I used pecans since I didn't have walnuts, I made it as a traybake (19cm x 27cm), lined with baking parchment, baked at 180 for around 50 minutes, with foil over the top for the last 10 minutes to stop it getting too brown/burnt on top. The butter was not completely combined, still little bits of it showing in the mixture, but it still turned out fine in the end. Great taste.
28th Jul, 2012
this was my first baking experience, i found it very easy, although i had to cook it for way longer than the guided time, but everyone i gave it too enjoyed, nice and moist and ive made it a few times now!
24th Jul, 2012
Same as everyone else who has commented on this so far - I turned it down to 160 degC with a fan oven. It took 1hr15 approx and was brown on top, enough that I wouldn't pass it on as a gift or serve it up but not burnt! Tasted delicious!
30th Jun, 2012
Oh Paul! bit of a disaster. The butter wouldn't mix with the bananas, turned the oven down half way through so it wouldn't burn but when I turned it out I had liquid butter coming out of the tin. Wasn't quite done in the middle either. Not very successful.
14th Apr, 2012
Gorgeous and moist, but mine was ready to come out of the oven after 45 minutes. I'll definitely make this again!


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