Banana Loaf Recipe

Hello Cake Cetera readers,

My names Heather and here is my favourite banana loaf recipe. I love all things cake, both eating and making them (sometimes with mixed results). I especially love baking with my kids and feature some of our attempts on my blog Not in the Parenting Manual.

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This is our failsafe banana loaf recipe, which I am delighted to be able to share with Cake Cetera, I hope you enjoy it.

When my son piped up yesterday to ask if we could bake something I spied the over ripe bananas sitting on the dresser and knew what to make, his favourite Banana Loaf (or bread or cake, call it what you will it’s yummy).



It’s lovely, simple & good fun for kids to help with. It tastes great on its own or with some custard. Here’s how we did it:

You will need;

125 ml rapeseed oil (you can use butter or olive or vegetable oil, more about that later)

150g castor sugar,

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

2 very ripe bananas

190g self raising flour

60ml milk


About the oil




If you don’t want to use oil you can use 125g of butter but I use rapeseed oil whenever I bake and substitute it for the butter or margarine in recipes.  It seems to make my cakes light and fluffy and moist and doesn’t have the same saturated fat as butter.  It’s also a great source of Omega 3, plus it tastes fab, with a slight nuttiness to it =  oh and it’s produced locally!

Sorry I have got quite excited since discovering it! Some people suggest using slighty less oil than butter in recipes as it doesn’t have the same water content but I have always substitute equal amounts and had great success.

Anyway on to the cake. First of all preheat your oven to 170 oc/ 150 oc fan or gas mark 3 (does anyone have gas ovens anymore?) Grease a 2lb loaf tin, then the fun bit, peel and mash up your bananas in a bowl.

006 If you are using butter melt it over a low heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla extract.  If not, just add them to the oil and mix them together before adding the banana and mixing that in too. Beat the egg and then add that to the mix, give it a good stir then add in the flour and milk, stirring until it’s well mixed.  


Finally pour the whole lot into your greased loaf tin, simples! If you want to add a little crunch to the top of your loaf, sprinkle the top with demerara sugar and then pop it in the oven.  45 minutes should do the trick, just check it with a skewer and if it comes out clean you are done. 014 Leave to cool and eat! We had it after dinner last night and again for breakfast, after all it’s one of your five a day right? 015

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Hello Cake Cetera readers,
 baking blogger

I’m Anne and I blog over on I’m always in the kitchen baking cakes with my kids and I am really excited to share this post with you. I’ve been blogging for many years, mostly about my family, but I also love baking and cake decorating.  Apart from the cooking we are a family coming to terms with my middle daughter’s disabilities, but no matter what she goes through she always has a smile. I often allow my kids have their turn in the kitchen and I’ve watched them grow from decorating cupcakes and biscuits to cooking their own lunch. They are learning life skills and a passion for cooking that I hope will continue to grow.

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I’d like to share with you some of the things I’ve learned while baking cakes with my kids.

1. Start with hygiene. Teach them the importance of handwashing, before they start cooking and inbetween using raw, cooked and ready-to-eat foods.

2. Know that with their help it’s going to take longer and allow for this. The more they cook the quicker and easier it will be for them, but in the beginning it seems to take forever.

3. Plan ahead, get everything ready for them and do as much preparation as possible especially when they are really young.

4. Be prepared for mess, and lots of it. If it can be spilled it will be, that’s almost a   guarantee when kids are helping. The more little hands you have in there, the more mess there will be.

5. Teach them to clean up their mess..make it fun and they will do it. See, it’s not all that bad.

6. Take into consideration the child’s age. Smaller children will get bored quickly so save them fun easy jobs like rolling pastry, kneeding dough, cutting shapes or filling  cupcake cases. They will love these jobs. Older children will be able to help with measuring ingredients, cutting up food, stirring and mixing.

7. Kids get bored. It can be frustrating but it happens, they will just say they’ve had enough and stop co-operating half way through a recipe. I’ve felt like that half way through cooking dinner but I’m an adult and I don’t have other pressing things to get on with like playing out with my friends, watching cartoons or playing Minecraft.

8. Keep them safe. Until they are old enough, or experienced enough then it’s an adults job to put things in and take them out the oven, or stir hot pans on the hob. Keep pan handles facing inwards and sharp knives out of the way. Make sure they have something safe to stand on if they are not high enough to reach the counter. Don’t leave them unattended (even if you are not doing anything hot…I made the mistake of leaving mine to break up some chocolate once..oh my, never again!)




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