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How to make banana bread - an easy recipe

Updated on March 29, 2013
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Imogen is from West Dorset, in the UK. She works in publishing and writes mainly about the environment, gardening, and vegetarian food.

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This easy banana bread recipe makes a delicious moist banana flavoured loaf. It is really more of a cake than bread, made with fresh bananas, eggs, brown sugar and wholemeal flour, and makes a healthy and filling sweet snack or teatime treat.

This is a useful recipe if you have over-ripe bananas left in your fruit bowl, as it is the perfect way to use them up. It is also very simple to make - no special cookery techniques are required - so even if cake-making is not your forte, you will find this recipe nice and easy.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 10 slices


  • 8 oz (200 g) wholemeal self raising flour
  • 2 oz (50 g) butter
  • 2 oz (50 g) dark brown sugar
  • 2 oz (50 g) honey or golden syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 large very ripe bananas
  1. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. With wholemeal flour you always get the husk left in the sieve - throw this into the bowl too.
  2. Melt the butter, honey (or syrup) and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat. Heat until just melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Beat the eggs, and mash the bananas. (The bananas can be as ripe as you like, the spottier the better, as they are lovely and sweet and mushy!)
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour, then pour in all the wet ingredients - melted butter and sugar mixture, the eggs and the bananas. Stir it all together with a large wooden spoon and mix well.
  5. Pour the mixture into a greased 1 lb loaf tin, and bake in a preheated oven at 350 F (180 deg C, or gas mark 4) for one hour.
  6. When cooked the loaf will be firm to the touch and a lovely golden brown colour. Turn the tin out onto a wire cooling rack and allow to cool for 20 mins before cutting the loaf. It is delicious served warm with fresh cream or custard or can be enjoyed cold and on its own.


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    • klidstone1970 profile image

      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      My kids love banana bread, but I've never added honey in mine before. This looks quite delicious and I think I'll give it a go. Thanks for sharing and best wishes, Kim.

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      Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

      Hello Soumya, this recipe is more like a cake than bread. If you just keep an eye on it in the oven from about 30 mins cooking time onwards, and take it out when it has started to brown on top and is firm to the touch, you should be OK.

      I don't really do microwave cooking so can't give you any advice in that respect. Best of luck - and thanks for reading :-)

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      Soumya Mukherjee 3 years ago from India

      I tried making breads but I always tend to overcook them. If I try this recipe in a microwave, I guess I have to cook it in the grill mode...what do you say?

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Looks tempting and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.