Banana Walnut Loaf

Banana walnut cake_4969I stumbled upon this site that lists: “25 powerful reasons to eat bananas”. I am already eating a banana a day, but with compelling reasons like, “Bananas, make you more alert, they provide relief from heartburn and stimulate growth of friendly bacteria, I immediately decided to double my banana intake, so instead of buying seven bananas for the week, I bought fifteen.

I was hyped up and excited. I looked forward to being more alert and having an extra punch of energy to boost the daily ‘brisk one-hour walk,’ but by midweek, I was going bananas over the bananas. By the end of the week I had five bananas left. They were overripe and dotted with black spots. I made banana pancakes for breakfast, but I still had three bananas left.

Today I will share with you the recipe for “Banana Walnut Loaf”, made with the last three, overripe bananas. Perhaps I should just make a super-humongous banana loaf and eat one slice daily. But then, I would have to probably freeze it!

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Assemble all ingredients

Always remember to assemble all ingredients before starting.

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Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence until combined
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Add the first egg, cream until combined
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Add the second egg.
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Cream until combined
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Add half banana and half flour, fold in gently. Repeat the same process with the remaining banana and flour.
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Final Mixture
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Transfer mixture into prepared tin and bake for 45 mins to 1 hour.
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Remove from Oven. Stand for 5 minutes, before transferring onto wire rack to cool

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Banana Walnut Loaf

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Total cooking time: 50 minutes

  • 125 g (½ cup) butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 180g (¾ cup) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • I cup mashed bananas (3 bananas)
  • 100g (¾ cup) self-raising flour
  • 100g (¾ cup) all-purpose flour (plain flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Grease a 14cm x 24cm (5.5” x 9.5” ) loaf pan. Line the base with parchment (grease-proof) paper.
  2. Cream butter, vanilla essence and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beat until combined.
  4. Stir in half the banana with half the sifted dry ingredients and half the walnuts.
  5. Stir in remaining banana, dry ingredients and walnuts, stir until combined. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 360°F (180°C) for about 45 minutes to one hour. Stand for five minutes before cooling on wire rack. Serve with butter.

Points to note:

  • Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperature depending on your oven. I baked this cake at 360°F (180°C) for 50 minutes.
  • I always weigh ingredients, especially the flour and butter. You can use cup measures, but please note if you scoop flour directly from the bag you will end up with 150-185 g of flour instead of the recommended 125g. I suggest you spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need. You can also sift the flour first, then scoop.
  • If you use all-purpose flour add 1teaspoon baking powder for every 125g (1 cup) flour.
  • If using the small sweet bananas use six to eight depending on the size.
  • Last updated: 3 December 2014

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

17 thoughts

    1. […] sumptuous pastry recipes on her blog, My Favourite Pastime. She makes a decadent and heavenly banana walnut loaf. Liz is a precise and skilled baker! Her gorgeous recipe inspired me to perfect my own recipe for a […]

      Thanks Shanna for always promoting my blog. And thank you for the kind words too. You always make me feel so special….I hope you enjoyed your own recipe, inspired by this one. Have a lovely weekend. I’m glad I met a wonderful lady like you. Best….Liz

  1. Hi, Liz! Oh my gosh, you have me laughing. I love that you had the best of intentions – and then started to “go bananas.” So, did the fruit help your walks? 🙂 I bet the extra potassium is great for the muscles. “I immediately decided to double my banana intake, so instead of buying seven bananas for the week, I bought fifteen.” HA! 🙂 So, I always buy a lot of bananas, as they are inexpensive in the US. Even the organic bananas are around $1 per pound. Guess what I will be making this weekend…? 🙂 Great post! I love the step-by-step baking photos, too.

    1. Hi Shanna,
      Ha ha how hilarious. The “go bananas” thing was a two week affair that died very quickly. I’ve always had a problem eating a banana a day. Even now I have three that are turning black, and now I’m planning to eat three overripe bananas for my lunch today. However, I just bought another green bunch today….sigh. Thanks for making me laugh and reminding me of the good old banana days. Have a wonderful weekend!!!

        1. You know what? I have baked more than ten cakes this week alone, that’s why banana bread is not an option. I have a chocolate cake on the cooling rack right now. I have to take a break from baking. Have a great weekend!

        2. My favorite use for old bananas:
          1. Break into pieces.
          2. Freeze.
          3. Puree in food processor with unsweetened cocoa and a touch of honey or stevia.
          4. Tastes like fro-yo!

          All your baking sounds amazing. I am getting hungry! ! !

        3. I always have over ripened bananas in my fruit bowl. I shall try this with the next batch. Thank you so much for giving me this recipe. I’m sure I’ll like it. Will give you a feedback. Have a lovely weekend!

        4. It really tastes like ice-cream. My husband doesn’t like bananas and still loves it. The key is to use good cocoa powder – the bananas are naturally quite sweet and lend a creamy texture. Have a great weekend, Liz. 🙂

  2. Hi Liz, thank you for visiting my blog. I went throught your blog now and I love it. It is very nicely written and you are making great photos. I started my blog this week so I also have to first learn everything. I think it is kind of complicated with the lay-out etc. I read few of your recipes and I am going to try some soon. The scones with cheese and chive look great! I wish you lots of success with your blog and lots of happy readers. Take care, Pavla.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate. My blog is only two months old and I’m still learning to do so many things, sometimes I get stuck and frustrated but it’s becoming much easier everyday. The best way to learn is by doing, so it’s good that you started a blog, you are soon going to find it easier as the days go by. I love your blog, it’s got beautiful pictures too, especially the roses. If you ever try a recipe, please give me a feedback. I wish you success too, I shall be stopping by to see how you are progressing. Take care too, and Happy Easter!

  3. Banana bread/ loaves are my go to dessert if I want to make something quick and easy. I too don’t use walnuts, instead I use chocolate chips to give it a sweet taste.

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