Banana loaf cake recipe

On a cold, wet day there’s nothing like freshly baked goods to cheer you up. As I’m typing this I can hear the rain pattering outside – today is definitely a comfort food kind of day!

This recipe works best with over ripe bananas (think turning black all over!) and best of all, you can literally chuck all the ingredients in a bowl and shove it in the oven. No fuss baking! It’s a great way to use up bananas that otherwise would be thrown away, and kind of counts as eating fruit….right? 😉

Banana loaf cake

My daughter loves having this as an after school snack, we cut it into nice thick slices and sometimes add a little butter spread and enjoy it with a hot chocolate. It’s a great little energy booster and is often eaten warm as we can’t resist a sneaky taste! The smell alone is a comfort and even my husband who doesn’t like banana’s likes this banana loaf!

For an extra special treat, mix in some chocolate chips or chopped nuts, and add a sprinkle of sugar over the top to create a sugar crust.

Banana loaf sliced

Banana Loaf

Delicious Banana loaf recipe

Course Cake, Snack, Treat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 100 g butter (room temperature)
  • 160 g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas (very ripe!)
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 250 g self raising Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger


  1. Line a loaf tin with grease proof paper and preheat the fan oven to 170 degrees centigrade. 

  2. Put all of the ingredients into a mixer and mix on low speed until combined. 

  3. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have golden caster sugar normal caster sugar works well, or for a deeper caramel flavour, exchange the golden caster for soft brown sugar. 

This banana loaf keeps well if wrapped in clingfilm or in tupperware in the fridge for a few days (if it doesn't get eaten straight away!) 

Need some more treat ideas? Have a look at my courgette cupcakes, or blueberry muffin cake, both firm family favourites that always go down well.

Do you have a favourite comfort bake? What is your go to treat that cheers you up? let me know in the comments