Is there anything better than coming home to the smell of freshly baked banana bread filling the kitchen? I absolutely love to make a banana loaf, not least because they’re super quick and easy to make, but because they smell and taste so good.
Whenever we have bananas browning in our fruit bowl, I instantly think to make a banana loaf, because as I said, they’re so easy to make. In less than an hour, you can make the mixture, bake it and have everything cleaned up!
Banana bread is also a great recipe to make if you’re feeling a little experimental. It’s easy to add other ingredients such as chocolate chips, raisins, Nutella or flaked almonds. For this particular bake, I added a couple of teaspoons of cocoa powder, as we didn’t have any chocolate in the house, but it worked just as well.
- 3x bananas
- 140g self raising flour
- 140g butter
- 140g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- Heat oven to 200 degrees and in a bowl mash 2 bananas.
- Cream the butter and sugar together, and gently fold in half of the flour. Mix in one egg, the rest of the flour and the second egg.
- Fold in the mashed bananas and mix in the cocoa powder.
- Line a loaf tin with parchment paper, spoon the banana loaf mixture into the tin. Slice the remaining banana lengthways into thin slices and place on top of the mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until browned. Check if the loaf is cooked by poking a skewer into the loaf. If it comes out clean its cooked. If not, bake for a further 5-10 minutes.
- Cool for 10 minutes in the loaf tin before removing to a wire rack. Serve warm or continue to cool. Banana bread also tastes great sliced and toasted at a later date.