Whenever the kids ask me, “what’s your favourite fruit, Mummy?” the answer will always be, bananas! I’ve always been a fan of bananas, in fact anything banana – banana sweeties, banana puddings, banana hair products; in fact I currently have a banana shower gel stood in my shower. So it’s really no surprise that one of my favourite bakes from Granny is her Banana Loaf.
It’s another one of those recipes that Granny can rattle off the top of her head without a second thought – probably because she makes it so much! It’s always a popular choice for the Mums that Granny serves at the cafe she works in, with the reasoning that it’s a healthier choice of snack for the kids asking for sweets. I suppose I can see the logic (fruit = healthy, right?) but given the amount of sugar that also goes in Banana Loaf alongside the bananas, it’s perhaps not the healthiest snack there is.
Lets forget healthy for a moment though and just appreciate how delicious and moist this Banana Loaf is. Compared to lots of other banana bread recipes I’ve tried, this one is pretty straight forward too – why make something more complicated that it needs to be, especially when simple means so good in this instance!
Granny’s Top Tips
♥ The riper your bananas, they better the flavour! I don’t make Banana Loaf nearly as often as I’d like because banana’s don’t last long in our house but the brown spotted, or even completely black bananas will always give you the best banana loaf.
♥ Banana loaf can also be frozen. Make in batches, keep within it’s grease-proof lining, wrap in tin foil and freeze for up to a few months.
- 2 Bananas
- 140g Caster Sugar
- 55g Butter/Margarine
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 170g Self-raising Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- Pre-heat your oven to 190°c (170°c for a fan-assisted oven) and grease & line a loaf tin with grease-proof paper.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the sugar, butter/margarine, egg & vanilla extract and mix until combined.
- Gradually add the flour and baking powder, mixing until all combined.
- Pour into your pre-lined loaf tin and smooth into the corners.
- Bake in your pre-heated oven for 40 minutes until golden on top. Leave to cool in the loaf tin and serve in slices.