How to make banana bread

Britain has been going bonkers for banana bread since lockdown began, with people’s social media news feeds being filled with photos of the tasty treat!

So why is this? Counsellor, Natasha Crowe, says, “It’s wholesome, nourishing and good for the soul; and right now that’s just what people need.” Here at Rest Less, we are big banana bread fans, so we can’t say we disagree.

If you’ve got a spare hour and a couple of ripe bananas, then why not give it a go? We’ve provided our own recipe below. But you can get as creative with it as you like, depending on what you have in your cupboards!

We’d love to see your creations, so when you’re finished, consider sending a photo to [email protected], or if you have any secret recipe variations feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Banana Bread Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 8-10 people

Ingredients

  • 140g soft butter
  • 140g light soft brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 85g chopped walnuts

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees/Gas mark 4
  2. Grease a 2lb loaf tin with butter and line with baking paper
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar then slowly add 2 beaten large eggs
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time, folding it in as you go
  6. Mash the bananas and add to the bowl, mixing well and making sure there are no lumps.
  7. Mix in the walnuts
  8. Once the mixture is a thick yet runny consistency, pour it into the loaf tin and bake for 30 minutes – or until the skewer comes out clean
  9. Allow to cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes. You can then transfer the loaf to a wire rack to continue cooling. Tip – if you don’t have a wire rack, then you can always take a wire shelf out of your oven and use that instead (but make sure it’s cool first)

Additional ingredients that you could consider using (you can add these in at the same stage as we add the walnuts in this recipe):

Sultanas, raisins, flaked almonds, chocolate chips or chunks, desiccated coconut, banana chips

Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “How to make banana bread

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    Deb Bosanquet on Reply

    Does anyone have a recipe for banana bread that doesn’t include eggs and butter?
    I’m trying to go vegan but I’m desperate to find easy, quick sweet treats that don’t include any animal derivatives.
    Thanks

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      Helen on Reply

      Hi Deb. I just had a quick look and BBC, BBC Food, simple-veganista.com and The Baking Fairy all seem to have vegan banana bread recipes with high star ratings. Preparation times vary from 50 minutes to 2 hours 30, so it depends on how much of a rush you’re in. Do let us know if you try one and whether it is successful.

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    Gaynor on Reply

    Hello I’ve read through the method for this banana bread several times .I cannot see the addition of eggs.It says 2 eggs in the recipe,should they be added to the creamed butter and sugar before the addition of the flour mix?

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      Sara on Reply

      Hi Gaynor, apologies we did miss it off! I’ve go ahead and updated the method with when to add eggs. Let us know how you get on and even send us a picture! 🙂

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    Evelyn on Reply

    It feels already sumptuous, even more delicious and eatable, of course. On the other hand, personally it seems slightly complicated, because I haven’t taken baking that seriously, even as a hobby. However, I really must give this particular recipe a try, who knows, may turned out to be one of my favourites.

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