Banana Loaf



Preheat the oven to 170°C or gas mark 3.

Grease and line a 2Ib loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until soft.

Place the chopped nuts (if using) in a single layer on a lined baking tray and ask a grown up to pop them in the oven to lightly toast them for 5 minutes, being careful not to let them burn. 

Ask a grown up to remove them from oven and set aside – be careful because they will be very hot.

Peel the bananas, place them in a bowl and mash them with a fork until smooth.

Add the banana to the butter and sugar mixture and stir to combine.

Sift the flour into the mixture.

Beat the eggs in a measuring jug and add to the bowl.

If using, add the nuts, chocolate chips, and vanilla.

Give everything a good stir round, and then tip the mixture into your lined loaf tin.

Place on a baking tray and ask a grown up to pop it into a pre-heated oven and bake for 1 hour to an hour and ten minutes. 

Ask a grown up to take the loaf out of the oven and check it is cooked through by inserting a skewer into the middle of the loaf – when it is cooked, it will out clean.


Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Serves: 8

  • 2-3 ripe (brown) bananas (the squidgier, the better)

  • 200g self-raising flour

  • 2 eggs

  • 175g caster sugar

  • 150g butter, softened to room temp, and an additional small amount for greasing the loaf tin

  • 1tsp baking powder

  • 75g chopped mixed nuts (Optional)

  • 50g dark chocolate chips (Optional)

  • 1tsp vanilla essence (Optional)