Banana Loaf

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Banana Loaf recipe from Baking with Granny. Easy, moist and delicious banana bread.

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; 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!

Always a popular choice for the mothers that Granny serves at the café 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 1-of-you-5-a-day bananas, it’s perhaps not the healthiest snack there is.

"Made this banana loaf, it was so simple to make & absolutely delicious; even my husband who doesn’t like banana loved it!"

Let’s just forget healthy for a moment though and 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!

Because it’s so easy, the kids love getting involved in baking it too. My boys love nothing more than finding a slightly brown banana and waiting for it to become overripe, knowing it’ll soon be time to mash it into a Banana Bread batter.

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.

Banana Loaf recipe from Baking with Granny. Easy, moist and delicious banana bread.

Banana Loaf

5 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes



  • Pre-heat your oven to 190°c (170°c for a fan-assisted oven or Gas Mark 5) and grease & line a 2lb 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 sift in 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 before serving in slices.


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Free-from & Vegan

Gluten-free: For a gluten-free banana loaf recipe, simply switch out the self-raising flour for gluten-free self-raising flour.

Nut-free: This recipe for banana loaf doesn’t use any nuts, but be sure to double check your ingredients individually for any hidden nuts.

Vegan: For a vegan banana loaf recipe, simply use a dairy-free margarine instead of butter and a tablespoon of applesauce instead of an egg.

Banana Loaf recipe from Baking with Granny. Including vegan, nut-free and gluten-free options.

36 Responses

  1. Made Banana loaf it was so light and moist also empire biscuits were easy to make thay were also very good

  2. This is a really good banana bread! Lovely and moist, will be using this recipe from now on! Thank you. Gave it an extra 5mins in oven.

  3. Made this banana loaf. It was so simple to make & absolutely delicious even my husband who doesn’t like banana loved it

  4. 5 stars
    Love this! Don’t know if I’ll ever be able to rattle it off like Granny but I’ve made it enough times to get the gist of it without my usual half a shift reading a recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Being Lactose Intolerent I can’t use butter which most recipes call for and every time I use an alternative to use banana bread it never turns out quite right, however with this recipe it was my first success and one of the best banana breads I have ever tasted.

  6. 5 stars
    Gorgeous banana bread, thank you for a simple and delicious recipe. This is my new favourite recipe and can’t wait to try more of your recipes :)

  7. Absolutely delicious! I’ve tried a few recipes but have finally found the perfect one. I used a gluten free self raising flour and it was so fluffy. Thank you very much.

  8. This has to be the easiest yet so delicious banana bread I have ever made. R
    I’ve made so many banana breads from Pinterest recipe pages and they’ve been very hit and miss.
    This recipe is the best and will now be my go to recipe. I made one this morning that has been demolished already.
    I’ve had to make two more. I know they won’t last long.
    Thank you

  9. 5 stars
    Simply the best recipe for banana bread and so easy! Try it with walnuts and raisins and a sprinkling of sunflower and pumpkin seeds on top….Delicious
    Thank you

  10. 5 stars
    I made these into cupcakes and drizzled with melted chocolate. Absolutely delicious
    Baked for 25mins and split the mixture into 12 muffin cases.

  11. 5 stars
    This is the best banana loaf recipe I’ve came across. Occasionally tried other recipes but not as good as this one. Very simple to make and always turns out brilliant. Thank you for sharing.

  12. 5 stars
    I had to increase the baking time by 10 mins. I also added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture, as that’s just my personal taste. Other than that, this recipe is great. My mum said it’s the best banana bread she’s ever tasted.

  13. 5 stars
    Have made the recipe many times and always a winner! Didn’t know I could freeze it so will make a few today and freeze them

  14. 5 stars
    This is the nicest banana bread I have ever made, thank you so much for the recipe. It wasn’t soggy and heavy inside as mine usually are, and I love the crispy outside. Absolutely yummy.

  15. I wanted to give it a try. May I ask how to do a self rising flour please? If I will do it with regular flour I have? Thank you

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