Banana Loaf Recipe Review

I really dislike eating bananas. There, I said it. I hate the smell, the taste and the texture.

That being said though, I love those little foam banana sweets, having blended bananas in my morning smoothies and banana loaf. Recently, I bought way too many bananas and instead of them going to waste, I thought I’d put them to good use and make a banana loaf (with a surprise inside!)

I always like a simple recipe to follow and I stumbled on this easy one from BBC Good Food. As usual, anything I’ve written in italics, is something that I’ve added or commented on!


  • 140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 50g icing sugar (I didn’t bother drizzling icing sugar over mine, it was moist enough already!)
  • handful dried banana chips, for decoration (I didn’t bother with these)


  • Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  • Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment. (I attempted to line the base and sides, but it kept going weird, so I didn’t bother in the end. I did however grease it, which was absolutely fine!)
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add the eggs with a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour, baking powder and bananas. (At this stage I poured in a large handful of chocolate chips and mixed the mixture well!)
  • Pour into the tin (probably a good idea to mix it a little at this stage as I’d found all my banana was in the middle of the loaf) and bake for about 30 mins until a skewer comes out clean.

  • Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.
  • Mix the icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a runny icing. Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with banana chips.

I’m so gutted as it rose perfectly but by the time I went to take pics, the middle had sagged ever so slightly. I think that I needed to mix it more in the tin before baking and it possibly could have done with another 5 mins or so in the oven! That being said, it didn’t stop it from tasting delicious!!

  • Time: Prep – 15 mins, cooking time – 30 mins, cooling time – 10 mins.
  • Difficulty rating: It’s really easy to make and it doesn’t take a huge amount of preparation 😀
  • Taste: It tasted amazing; cakey, bananary and chocolatey all at once!! Bananas taste so much better when they’re cooked 😀
  • Would I make it again?: Yup, I’ve already made another loaf since the first one and it’s definitely a big hit in our house 🙂
  • Verdict: 5/5.

Are you a fan of banana loaf; do you add any extras in yours? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x

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  1. Holy crap I need to find any excuse I can to make this banana loaf because it looks amazing and I actually feel like I am drooling at my screen right now. Off to go and find any kind of sweets in the house now that I can scrunch up!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  2. Banana cake is always a winner at our house. It’s a great cake to make after a day at the beach hut. Elinor x

  3. Mmm this looks delicous! I love banana cake and this loaf sounds just as good. You can’t tell from the pictures that there was a sag in the middle 🙂

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