Easy Banana Bread Recipe


Banana Bread

3 large bananas
120g demerera sugar
125g melted butter
160g self-raising flour
60g porridge oats
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Spices of your choosing


1 handful of walnuts
2 Tbsp Demerera Sugar
a little of the melted butter from above

Seeing as the Oaty Banana Muffins I made a couple of time last week went down so well I thought I’d modify the recipe a little and make a banana bread recipe today instead. It’s very similar really, but baked as a loaf rather than muffins and with a pinch of ‘Baharat’ to spice it up a little.

The Baharat was a freebie with a recent order from thespicery.com. It’s a seasoning used throughout the Arab world that is a blend of paprika, cassia, black pepper, cumin, coriander, cloves and nutmeg. I also added a fair amount of freshly grated nutmeg myself as well. The first few spices seem a little unusual for a sweet dish but I don’t think there is a huge amount of them in the blend. Therefore if you don’t have Baharat then just some nutmeg and cinnamon would do the trick and be just as nice.

I even remembered to take some photos of the process today.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC.
  2. Mash 3 bananas in a large bowl until they form a banana puree.
  3. Smash the walnuts into small pieces.

    Smashed Walnuts

    Smashed Walnuts

  4. Place 2 Tbsp of demerara sugar and the walnuts into a small bowl.
  5. Add a splash of the melted butter to the small bowl with the sugar and walnuts and mix into a paste to form the topping. I added some ground nutmeg to this as well.



  6. Add the rest of the melted butter, the demerara sugar and some spices to the mashed up bananas in the large bowl and mix together.

    Add the Sugar and Butter

    Add the Sugar and Butter

  7. Fold in the flour, oats and bicarbonate of soda to form a thick cake mix.
  8. Spoon the mixture into a lined loaf tin.

    Banana Bread Mixture

    Banana Bread Mixture

  9. Sprinkle the walnutty topping over the top of the cake mixture.
  10. Bake for around 45 minutes until the loaf has risen and a knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle of it.

    Into the Oven

    Into the Oven

  11. Enjoy the banana bread warm, spread with butter with a cup of tea!

1 Response

  1. Emily says:

    Yum! The step-by-step photos are helpful, thanks.

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Alan is a Freelance Website Designer, Sports & Exercise Science Lab Technician and full time Dad & husband with far too many hobbies: Triathlete, Swimming, Cycling, Running, MTBing, Surfing, Windsurfing, SUPing, Gardening, Photography.... The list goes on.

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