Best Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread on board with knife

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I always have leftover bananas that the kids won’t touch, yet they will happily eat them in cake form. I was inspired by Stressed Mum and her recipe to do my own as well. As I don’t like cooking from a recipe on my phone or computer, I looked in the many cookery books I already have and found a recipe in Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake. His recipe called for 3 small bananas or 4 medium ones. We had 3 small ones. Paul’s recipe was with walnut pieces, we had almonds that I substituted.

It’s a very easy recipe, especially with an electric whisk or mixer. We also used salted instead of unsalted butter. I’ve done this before and I’ve never noticed the difference.

Here’s my version:


3-4 ripe bananas, mashed

250g caster sugar

125g salted or unsalted butter

2 medium eggs

250g plain flour

120g walnuts or almonds

2 tsp of demerera sugar


  • Heat oven to 190 degrees. Line your loaf tin with baking paper
  • Cream the bananas and sugar together with an electric mixer or food processor
  • Add the butter and beat
  • Beat in the eggs, with a scoop of plain flour
  • Sieve and fold in the remaining flour
  • Fold in the walnuts or almonds
  • Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle the demerera sugar over the top
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean

This is what it looked like in the mixing stage:

banana bread mix with recipe book open

It took a little longer than 40 minutes to bake, around 55. It turned out very nicely and goes well with a cup of tea. Kid approved.

banana bread on white plate with fork

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October 5, 2019
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  • Reply Samantha Donnelly

    Thank you am glad I inspired you. We love banana bread in our house #blogtober
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    October 5, 2019 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Kate Holmes

    There can never be enough banana bread recipes – will gives yours a whirl possibly as early as this week with my would-be chef son #Blogtober19

    October 5, 2019 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Kim Carberry

    Ohh! Yum! We are a big fan of banana bread here. I have a couple of recipes I use but I will be giving yours a try x
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    October 5, 2019 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    I just said the other day it may be time to make banana bread! May have to give this a go! Thanks for sharing!

    October 6, 2019 at 1:51 pm
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