Banana & walnut loaf

Banana & walnut loaf

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(123 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

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    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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Jessie M
4th Oct, 2013
Just delicious! I added some vanilla extract to my mix and it took the recipe to another level. Took a little longer to cook in the oven, but well worth it!
27th Aug, 2013
a wonderful bread, I wanted a real healthy alternative so used wholemeal flour instead of plain and also some oats, want to try it next time with natural sugar or agave syrup
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2nd Jul, 2013
Delicious, very moist! Although mine remained quite flat and I wasnt sure it was cooked when I took it out of the oven.. but it was fine. Love the banana flavour in cakes !!
22nd Jun, 2013
I added slices of banana with cinnamon and brown sugar to the top of the cake for the last 15 minutes of baking. It turned out beautifully and has got better and better over the last two days kept in an airtight tin.
22nd May, 2013
I will make this for saturday for you gregg
11th May, 2013
Just made if and it is lovely!!! Moist, light and tasty! Would definitely make again. I added milk in at the very end with walnuts
23rd Apr, 2013
Another great tip! Crush some extra walnuts in your hand and sprinkle over the top of the mixture before you put it in the oven, this gives it a lovely sweet nutty crunch. If your feeling extra sweet a sprinkle of golden caster sugar too!
23rd Apr, 2013
I used golden caster sugar rather than normal caster, only 3 bananas (as it seemed too bananary the 1st time) and added a dash of mixed spice and cinnamon, absolutely delicious! Serve with fresh cream poured over whilst still warm rom the oven. Once cooled its a lovely treat with a cup of tea with a blob of extra thick double cream. Enjoy x
20th Apr, 2013
this recipe makes a wonderful nutty banana loaf. After an hour of baking I put the temperature up to gas mark 5 and cooked for another 15 minutes. It didn't sink and has still lovely and soft on the inside. Will be making it again!
3rd Apr, 2013
Followed recipe to the letter. The loaf looked lovely when it came out of the oven. Left it in the tin for an hour to cool then cut some slices and what I got was a sludgy,gloopy consistency. Horrible! This is the worst thing I have baked in years. What a waste of ingredients. Don't bother!


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