Try this classic banana bread recipe, then check out our vegan banana bread, healthy banana bread and gluten-free banana bread.


  • 125g butter, softened (you can use any kind but if unsalted add a pinch of salt with the flour) plus extra for the tin
  • 125g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 450g unpeeled weight (about 3-4) ripe bananas, mashed


  • STEP 1

    Butter a 900g loaf tin, then line with a wide strip of baking paper.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl with electric beaters for a 2-3 minutes or until fluffy. Tip in the baking powder and half the flour, half the eggs and half the bananas, and mix well (this will help prevent the mixture splitting). Add the rest of the flour, eggs and bananas, and mix to a batter.

  • STEP 3

    Spoon into the loaf tin and level out. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes then turn out of the tin and cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

Try these four twists on classic banana bread:

Vegan banana bread

Check out our moist vegan banana bread. This recipe is super moreish and easy to make, it goes perfectly with your morning tea.

Easy Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

Healthy banana bread

A healthy glug of maple syrup is the key to this wonderfully moist vegan banana bread, flavoured with both coconut oil and desiccated coconut.

A loaf of banana bread with two slices ready to serve

Gluten-free banana bread

Flavoured with honey, vanilla and mixed spice, and studded with walnuts, this comforting banana bread is entirely gluten-free, though you'd never guess it.

A loaf of banana bread with a banana baked into the top, on a white plate

Chocolate banana bread

This recipe combines classic flavours into one delicious chocolate banana loaf. It's a great way to use up over-ripe bananas and will be a hit with everyone. The added whisky gives it a grown-up twist.

Chocolate banana loaf

Chocolate chip banana bread

For an exciting twist on everyone’s favourite bake, check out this banana bread topped with an indulgent chocolate sauce and caramelised bananas.

A banana and chocolate chip loaf cake on a white serving board, with a slice cut from the end


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