Banana & walnut loaf

Banana & walnut loaf

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(122 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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7th Mar, 2013
I've made this many times, it's so good. Easy to make and tastes lovely. Makes a great easy pudding for family and great with a cuppa!!
7th Mar, 2013
Just made this...tastes lovely! I just used 3 bananas and added some chopped toffees to make banana walnut and caramel loaf. Will definitely use this recipe again!
24th Feb, 2013
I tried this receipe for the first time today, followed receipe exactly and it came out great. Very moist & fluffy, accept I had to leave it in the oven for a lot longer than an hour, closer to 1hr30min at gas mark 4. Might try it with a higher gas mark next time.
17th Feb, 2013
I loved this recipe - really moist and light. I only used 3 bananas and added poppy seeds with a crunchy sunflower seed topping instead of walnuts - delicious!
17th Feb, 2013
Just made this cake after getting acquiring some walnuts, used a round silicone cake mould instead of a loaf tin and it turned out great, very moist and not too sweet, made the chocolate sauce to go with it but didnt have any cream so just used dark choc and some butter and it was delicious, will certainly be making again.....with cream
10th Feb, 2013
forgot to rate before but can now add that if it is dry next day...just pop in toaster to warm it mmmmmmm
9th Feb, 2013
Just made this to use up some bananas and it was just great. Didn't add the milk and took it out oven 10 minutes BEFORE end of hour. It is lovely and moist with a lovely banana flavour and chunks of walnut. Don't think it's going to last very long !!!
24th Jan, 2013
Lovely and delicious, a good way to get rid of old black bananas too. Will definately do this again but will use a little less sugar as it is very sweet. Also used Flora buttery as I didn't have any real butter so better for the waistline too.
10th Dec, 2012
Oh also I don't add milk and I also split the mix into 2 tins. Its too thick to cook it all in one tin but that could be my oven.
10th Dec, 2012
Can't tell you how many times I've made this. My absolute fav cake and this recipe is perfect


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