banana bread

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup (175g) brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 cups mashed banana 
  • 1¾ cups (255g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted 
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • ⅓ cup (115g) golden syrup 
  • butter, extra, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer and beat for 8–10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Gradually add the eggs and beat well to combine. Add the banana, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and golden syrup and stir to combine. 
  3. Spoon the mixture into a 26cm x 11cm (2.5 litre-capacity) lightly greased loaf tin lined with baking paper. Bake for 60–65 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
  4. Cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve with the extra butter. Serves 6–8.
Reader ratings (3.56) 321501
donna hay team

Hi Caroline, that’s a tricky one and I am not sure it will work. We have not tested this recipe without eggs so please let us know if you do have success. The dh team.

Caroline Bogusz

Is it possible to alter this receipe to be egg free? Could you just add more oil, or would it not hold together?

Alison Reinhardt

Over the years I have used many recipes for banana bread. I will never use another. Donna Hay is by far the best. DELICIOUS

Norma Leota

I was recommended this recipe by a friend. I just baked it today and it was absolutely delicious! I’d definitely be using this recipe again.

Nicole Lane

Really great recipe. The brown sugar and golden syrup give it such a good flavour. Great for using up lots of ripe bananas, you taste them but it’s not overpowering. I cut half the loaf into slices and put them in the freezer for lunchboxes - it defrosts well.

Ilka Howell

This banana bread is the BEST. So easy to make and uses up a heap of overripe bananas (usually about 6) when other recipes only call for half that amount.  Have made 4 times over the past 3 mths to put in freezer for school lunches but it is eaten so quickly it never makes it there!

Molly Duncan

So easy and absolutely delicious.  Thank you for a great recipe.

Kat Gourley

Awesome recipe! Made it for one who doesn’t like banana’s that much and it has gone in her school lunch each day since I’ve made it!

L Gibs

I have a family of banana bread lovers and went away from usual recipe yesterday to try this one and it was an absolute hit! I am making it again today! Love the dense bread texture and the flavours.

Lisa Smith

I made this yesterday. Best banana bread moist delicious and so easy to cook. Thanks for the recipe will use this one again smile





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