Banana & walnut loaf

Banana & walnut loaf

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(126 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


Cuts into 8 slices
This homely and wholesome cake is also light and moist, with the natural sweetness of sticky bananas and the warm toastiness of nuts

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal399
  • fat20g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars30g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.54g
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  • 100g softened butter, plus a little extra for greasing



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

  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 beaten egg



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

  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

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

  • 4 very ripe bananas



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

  • 85g chopped walnuts



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 50ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease a 2lb loaf tin with some butter and line the base with baking parchment, then grease this as well.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and egg, then slowly mix in flour and baking powder. Peel, then mash the bananas. Now mix everything together, including the nuts.

  3. Pour your mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hr, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack before removing from the loaf tin. The loaf can now be wrapped tightly in cling film and kept for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost and warm through before serving. Serve in thick slices topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with a little Easy chocolate sauce (see recipe, below).

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20th Feb, 2016
Having tried this recipe before and finding, as with other reviewers, that it didn't cook, This time, I used two bananas, no milk and 100g of sugar. It took about 55 minutes to cook at 170. I'm eating a slice as I write and it's delicious!
20th Jan, 2016
Doesn't bake. Stays raw.
20th Jan, 2016
I have made this recipe twice now, forgetting that it didn't work the first time. It simply does not work. Does not bake through no matter how long you bake it for. Tried an hour and a half and the middle was still raw. Use Mary Berry's recipe instead which works well.
25th Aug, 2015
took all the comments on board and used 3 bananas and 1tbsp milk - perfect!
3rd Aug, 2015
Pros - made the house smell good. Cons - After 1 hour, uncooked in the middle. After 1 hour 40, still uncooked in the middle and a hard, sunken blackened brick on the outside. At this point I gave up on cooking it and attempted to eat some. Good banana flavour was unfortunately not enhanced by the mixed gloopy/crispy textures. I followed the instructions to the letter. This recipe was a waste of time and ingredients. I would have enjoyed it more if I had eaten the ingredients individually, and perhaps even if I had eaten them together in a sort of mushed up stew. I registered just to post this review as I am hungry and disappointed.
Cake addict
27th Mar, 2015
I have made this banana loaf 5 times now with no problems with the cooking time or the finished product. It's a great recipe make and enjoy!
22nd Mar, 2015
I followed the recipe exactly, however when I took it out of the oven after an hour (on 160 degrees in a fan oven) it was still extremely gooey and definitely not cooked in the middle, but dark brown on the outside. Found a good tip on another website which suggested covering the cake in foil and then putting it back in the oven, as this will help to stop the top from burning. Covered it in foil and put it back in, the middle was finally cooked after an extra 40 minutes in the oven! Luckily the outside of the cake did not burn, although was darker in colour than it was supposed to be. If I make this again I will probably either use a higher oven temp, or cover the cake with foil for the whole time that it's in the oven and cook it for about 1 hour 40 minutes. Very tasty though!
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16th Apr, 2015
I made this with three bananas, 50gms of chopped dates and forgot to add the milk, but it turned out really well! My husband and children loved it. I'll be making this again.
4th Dec, 2014
i only ever use 3 bananas, and only sometimes use the milk. it doesnt always need it. i think it depends on how mushy your banana is. Tip, always save the milk until last. i use 2 x 2lb loaf tins for 2 smaller loaves and bake for 45/50 mins on 160fan. Bloomin marvelous!
7th Oct, 2014
Well, I completely forgot to put the milk in! And it turned out great. Maybe as I'd used four quite large bananas, that was enough 'moisture' without the milk. I did cook it for slightly longer than hour too.


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