Banana Loaf Recipe

Please, please do not faint with shock. Yes, I know it’s me and I’m actually writing a recipe post, but do not panic. It will not become a regular feature (I have a repertoire that can be counted on one hand), and this banana loaf recipe is actually a recipe that my mum has given me, as she’s been baking this for as long as I can recall.

It seemed simple, and she assured me it was (she knows me, remember), and I’ve now made it a few times and every time it’s turned out to be delicious so I feel I can now pronounce this to be fool-proof.

The recipe is super simple, with ingredients you probably have in the cupboard. 

Now, you can rest assured that this banana loaf recipe will be an idiot’s guide, as that is what I’ve worked with!

banana loaf


6oz self-raising flour
5oz margarine
5oz sugar
1 large egg
2 over-ripe bananas
Pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

banana loaf

Banana Loaf Recipe

Preheat your oven to 180 and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

Mix the margarine and the sugar together until smooth, then add the egg and stir.

Sift in the flour, and add the salt, bicarb, baking powder, vanilla essence and cinnamon. Stir it all together.

In another bowl, chop the bananas and then mash them to a gooey mess with a fork. Add them into the mixture and stir in.

Pop it into the ready-lined tin and then into the pre-heated oven, middle shelf. Bake for 40 minutes and then test with a knife. If the knife comes out of the middle of the cake clean, it’s done. If not, leave it in the over for another five minutes and test again. Should be done by now, I’d have thought 🙂

Get it out and the greaseproof paper should allow you to just lift it up out of your tin and pop onto a rack to cool. You’ll be wanting to make a cup of tea at this point, ready for you to have a slice still warm, with a nice sit down.


Do you have a fool-proof bake? I’d love to hear it.


You may also like to check out a variation on this one, my Banana and Walnut Loaf Recipe or my Crumble Top Banana Muffins

crumble top banana muffins

And my Choc-Anana Fudge Cake recipe

Choc-Anana Fudge Cake

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42 thoughts on “Banana Loaf Recipe”

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  3. I do like a good banana bread, the addition of cinnamon sounds very yummy. My vanilla cupcakes are my foolproof bake, which I finish off with a generous swirl of vanilla buttercream. #recipeoftheweek

  4. I love a good banana loaf! Addition of cinnamon sounds lovely. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – sorry I’m a bit late over! Have Pinned this post and scheduled in a tweet. New linky just went live for this week 🙂 x

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  6. DELICIOUS! There’s nothing like an awesome moist banana bread… Well! Unless you want to try making it with mashed Roasted Parsnips instead!! 😉
    Looks like we were pining for the same kind of baking results this week!

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  8. just popped this in the oven, taking a stroll in the park and it should be ready for me. I’ve made several banana loaf so will see if this recipe is the best or average.. Fingers cross

    1. Yummm , very moist and fluffy. Maybe less sugar and margarine will be better .. Must try that again , Thanks for the recipe

    1. I’m making it again this week, so will try it with more flour and see what I think. It’s always worked OK for me before, but happy to experiment! Thanks for the feedback

  9. How spooky freshly baked this very recipe this afternoon! Only problem is it’s too popular, half gone already!

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  11. Jocelyn
    This is a great banana loaf. Just wanted to share an idea. I put a generous amount of runny honey over the top just out of the oven and it’s lush !!! Works really well with the banana

    1. Oh yum! I don’t ever think of honey as I’m the only one in the house that likes it – that can only mean that if I do this, I have to eat all of the cake, right?!

  12. Made this banana loaf today, first time I’ve had one let alone made one. But I had a couple of bananas past their best, so thought I’d give it a go. So glad I did, it was totally amazing, think it will become a family favourite!

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  14. I make this cake on a regular basis and it never fails. I add a spoon of sour cream to my mix but apart from that follow it to the letter. Easy to make and a definite crowd pleaser. It also lasts well (not that it gets the chance very often). Thank you for sharing

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