best banana bread

Let’s not kid ourselves, it’s really banana cake, isn’t it?

The humble banana bread – a staple in every Australian cafe. It’s a great way to use up blackened bananas, it’s very easy to make and it’s incredibly yummy when toasted (for extra decadence add ricotta and honey). I’ve been making it for years but I like to experiment with different recipes every now and then. This yummy one came via a friend who gifted us a freshly baked loaf a few days after Percy was born. Give a new mum banana bread and she’ll be your friend for life – promise.

I often make this for a lunchbox treat, usually on a Sunday afternoon or evening (if dinner is cooking I’ll whip it up in between chopping vegies). We enjoyed it this afternoon with tea. I predict I’ll be making another loaf by Wednesday.


Banana Bread (especially good when toasted)
1.5 cups of plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 large ripe bananas
125g butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk with a dash of lemon; alternatively use buttermilk
Preheat oven to 170degrees C. In a large bowl sift the dry ingredients together. Mash the bananas in a separate bowl. Cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs, then the bananas, then flour and milk. Mix well. Pour into a loaf tin and bake for 60 minutes.
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  • mon_and_mia

    Perfect timing! I have a few bananas with almost the right amount of black to bake this. I've been using the same recipe for years but I went wrong somewhere last time-it could have been the toddler 'helping' me. I also add a bit of mixed spice for extra yumminess! I'll definitely treat myself to some ricotta.

  • laurie

    this is a favorite in our house as well, your recipe is almost exactly like mine too!
    I found a new one to try, banana and pineapple loaf, I think it will be good as well, thank you for sharing!

  • Margaret

    What agreat idea to add a little bit of pineapple, and cut out some of the sugar, it would keep it moist too….yum

  • kf

    Yum. Think I'll whip up some for a friend who's just had bub 3. Thanks

  • Tara_LB

    I discovered that apple butter and grated fresh ginger makes an amazing alternative if bananas aren't your things.
    Favourite variations include: chocolate chips and/or salted caramel.

  • Thai Living

    I made this Monday morning with some dying bananas and so happy I did. My 3 month old has caused havoc the last two days and I have basically been surviving on banana bread!

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