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Best Banana Bread Recipe-with additions

Updated on October 6, 2014

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: makes one loaf


  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • 2 x cups self raising flour
  • 1 x tsp baking powder
  • 150g softened butter
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 2 x Large eggs
  • about 50g choc chips/ chunks, optional but recommended
  • about 50g mixed nuts, optional but recommended


  1. preheat oven to 180. Grease baking tin with butter and line. Mash banana with lemon juice. sift the flour and baking powder together.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add a little egg and mix. Continue until all egg is mixed. Carefully fold half the flour mixture into the batter.
  3. Add the mashed banana and fold into mixture, then remaining flour. Pour into the baking tin and bake for about 50-60mins.
  4. At 50 minutes, take a look at your bread, it should be golden brown, push a small sharp knife through the middle and see how much he mixture has cooked. If a lot of batter can be seen on the knife, its not done yet, leave it in another 10 minutes. If the knife is somewhat clean, with only small traces of batter, its time to take it out of the oven.
  5. After you'e taken the bread from oven, leave in in the baking tray for a further 10 minutes, before taking it out and placing it on a wire rack. Once cooled, you can slice it and enjoy with tea or coffee.

Variations on the best banana bread

with chocolate chips
with chocolate chips
Banana Bread should be light and fuffy when cooked.
Banana Bread should be light and fuffy when cooked.
cup cake banana bread
cup cake banana bread

Banana Bread

4 stars from 2 ratings of Banana bread/muffins

Things are Getting Less Healthy, But More Enjoyable!

Chocolate Banana Brownie Bread
Chocolate Banana Brownie Bread
orange Chocolate Banana bread....with white chocolate....
orange Chocolate Banana bread....with white chocolate....

Additional information

I Love banana bread, tastes fantastic and isn't hard to make at all. The first time I tried to make it was a huge success and I haven't stopped since although I would like to point out that this really is not 'banana bread' but more 'banana cake' so don't be thinking its an everyday eat or you'l be piling on the pounds :)

Alternative recipes:

Adding chocolate is always a bonus in my eyes. I used to use small chocolate chips, but found that simply hopping a diary milk and adding it to the mixture works much better. Its more than likely the quality of the chocolate chips just isn't as good as the dairy milk, but if you chop the dairy milk very roughly, they melt a bit more into the bread and you will still have proper, choc chips. You should always add these extras right before pouring the batter into the baking tray.

You can also make banana muffins from this recipe. If you do decide to take this route, make sure to chop the nuts and choc a little smaller. I usually just end it up with too much batter, so after half filling the baking tin, I use the remaining batter and fill a few muffin cases. These will only ever take up to 20 minutes. Use the knife trick to see if they are properly cooked, and as always, keep them in the tray and cases for a further 10 minutes before taking them out an putting them on a wire tray.

Lemon drizzle banana bread is another favorite. Although, I don't use a lemon glaze, instead opting for lemon curd, which I lightly brush onto the bread about 20 minutes into the cooking time. The top of the bread needs to be somewhat hard before brushing with the lemon.

Honey, Walnut and banana bread. Its as easy as adding two tablespoons of honey to the mixture band folding it in. Then when it has cooked you can drizzle honey over the top.

Choc banana Brownie bread. I know, we're getting into all sorts of crazy here, but it is delicious. I've alternated between adding chocolate powder, (not hot chocolate mix, powdered cocoa) to the batter, which was nice, but then I found that pouring a good dollop or Hersheys Chocolate sauce into the batter is much, much better. but its up to you, try a few out and I'm sure you'l find the right one for you.

Orange choc Banana Bread. It gets better?! Yes it does, if your a fan of citrus chocolate, then you'll really enjoy this. Adding two drops of orange essence, or even a squeeze of one small orange (this will make the mixture a little more moist, but lovey all the same) to the batter, fold through and bobs your uncle. Amazing flavor, warming comfort food. Can be eaten once its taken out of the tray.

Oreo Banana Bread. This ones a bit too rich for my liking, but its as simple as adding chopped Oreo biscuits to the batter before cooking. These need to be quite small, but use bigger pieces to lay on top of the bread for the full Oreo effect.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Muffins. This ones also a lot to handle, but super tasty if eaten in moderation. Adding two tablespoons of Smooth Peanut butter (Not chunky, peanuts aren't the nicest nut in banana bread, but smooth peanut butter is amazing for some reason.....) to the banana bread batter and fold in. It must be folded in well though as you don't want a thick bread.

Things are getting out of control here....Lets try bring this to a healthier, less gluttonous bread:

Red berry Banana Bread. Adding chopped cherries or strawberries work really well with this recipe. Going down the more sour route wont work out as well however, so stick to sweet berries.

Coconut banana bread. This is a lovely alternative to the sweet, indulgent bread. Adding 3 tablespoons of chopped coconut to the batter, then sprinkling another pinch on top will give you a bread so delicate and tasty you really wont want to share. But I recommend sharing, you really don't want to eat a whole cake of banana bread.

Whole Wheat Flour. If your worried about scoffing down too much cake, then use wholewheat flour instead of white. This will give your bread a more rustic look as well as being slightly healthier. You can use all of the above variation with this flour too.


Banana bread batter should be light in color, fluffy and extremely soft and smooth. My sister attempted to make it a few weeks ago, and the batter was a bit like biscuit batter just softer, and it ruined the entire cake, it came out thick and not at all nice, with parts of it still looking uncooked, even though it had been in the oven for an hour.

Nuts and chocolate are amazing add-ons (but not all nuts). I've tried quite a few different banana breads, using many different ingredients but found that walnut and white chocolate is an amazing combination. Some nuts aren't the best though, such as peanuts, or almonds. Stick with softer nuts. I also sometime slice banana and place a few pieces on top of the bread and one on each muffin. Its more of a visual delight but still lovely. or alternatively you can add them fresh after the bread has been cooked.

The banana don't have to be perfect. This recipe is amazing because you can use old, black banana's for the bread. you know the ones, two weeks after buying them, they're hidden down at the bottom of your fruit bowl, black, unappealing and asking to be thrown out. Well you can use those exact ones for the bread, in fact the darker the better as they get sweeter the more color they get. Yay to wasting less food.

Nutritional Info Based on Average Banana Bread Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: Per serving (serves 8)
Calories 141
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Sugar 18 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 7 mg2%
Sodium 225 mg9%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2012 belleart


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    • DabbleYou profile image


      6 years ago

      Banana breads, banana cakes, they're my favorites. Will have to try this recipe. It looks delicious. :)

    • belleart profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for the comments. Try it out and you'll be delighted with the results! :)

    • Silver Fish profile image

      Silver Fish 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      This looks delicious. My baking skills are somewhat limited, but your clear explanation makes it sound simple. I will give it a try.

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This looks like yummy banana bread. It is always a favorite around my house. I voted this Hub UP, etc.etc.

    • belleart profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for visiting! This is just my basic recipe but I'm always making additions, makes it much more fun :)

    • moonlake profile image


      6 years ago from America

      I have banana bread recipes but I always like to try new ones. I will keep this recipe in mind.

    • annerivendell profile image


      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Looks good, I think I'll give this a try tomorrow...


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