Banana Honey Sultana Loaf

With Chocolate Chips

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_1169This is one of the best days we’ve had since the year began. I took a long, refreshing and rejuvenating walk. It was awesome. How was your weekend? Mine was extra, extra busy. I hardly visited my favourite pastime dashboard. Today, I want to share with you a Banana Honey cake with sultanas. Honey seems to be my newfound favourite ingredient and did you know it’s addicting? Once you get used to eating honey you can’t seem to stop. It’s slowly creeping into my diet. I drizzle it over pancakes, use it: as a sugar substitute, in sauces and salad dressings, in soups, cereals and even smoothies.

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9554According to Dr Oz, one of the many soothing properties of raw honey is its ability to help provide sleep relief. Honey may help facilitate the action of tryptophan, which helps make people sleepy. Plus, if you are suffering from a cough that keeps you up at night, a teaspoon of honey could help soothe your throat while you sleep. So perhaps I should mail you a slice or two of the honey cake? I hope you enjoy the cake if you ever try it!

  • Ingredients 
  • 225g (8oz, 2cups) all purpose (plain) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 125g (4½oz, ½ cup) soft margarine
  • 125g (5½oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 90ml (6 tablespoons honey, ⅓ cup +1tablespoon)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large bananas, mashed (=1 cup mashed)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 50g (¼ cup) sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 50g (¼ cup) chocolate chips
  • Extra chocolate chips to sprinkle on top

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9483Please assemble all ingredients before you start. Oops I forgot to include honey…

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9490Preheat oven to 325°F (I60°C). Grease and line the bottom of a 9 x 5 inch (22.8 x 12.7cm) loaf tin with parchment (greaseproof) paper. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and set aside.

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9487Mash the bananas and mix with the orange juice and set aside.

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9514Beat butter and sugar

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9515with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined.

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9522Slowly add honey and continue beating until well incorporated.

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9524The mixture after adding eggs and honey

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9527Fold in half the sifted flour and half the mashed bananas, then fold in the remainder of the flour and banana.

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9530Lastly fold in the sultanas and chocolate chips.

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9534This is what the final mixture looks like

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9538Spoon the mixture into prepared tin (pan), arrange some chocolate chips on top and bake for about1½ hours or until golden and a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer onto a wire rack to cool.

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_1171Serve with tea of coffee or as a dessert with ice cream or whipped cream.

Banana Honey Sultana Loaf with Chocolate Chips myfavouritepastime.com_9553The cake was very delicious!

Banana and Honey Loaf with Chocolate Chips


Preparation time: 30 minutes, Baking Time: 1½hours. Serves: 8-10 slices

Ingredients

  • 225g (8oz, 2cups) all purpose (plain) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 125g (4½oz, ½ cup) soft margarine
  • 125g (5½oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 90ml (6 tablespoons honey, ⅓ cup +1tablespoon)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large bananas, mashed (=1 cup mashed)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 50g (¼ cup) sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 50g (¼ cup) chocolate chips
  • Extra chocolate chips to sprinkle on top

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (I60°C). Grease and line the bottom of a 9 x 5 inch (22.8 x 12.7cm) loaf tin with parchment (greaseproof) paper. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and set aside. Mash the bananas and mix with the orange juice and set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Slowly add honey and continue beating until well incorporated.
  3. Fold in half the sifted flour and half the mashed bananas, then fold in the remainder of the flour and banana. Lastly fold in the sultanas and chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon the mixture into prepared tin (pan), arrange some chocolate chips on top and bake for about1½ hours or until golden and a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer onto a wire rack to cool. Serve with tea of coffee or as a dessert with ice cream or whipped cream.
  5. **I weigh the flour and butter. I do not use cup measures. The weight of a cup of flour tends to vary based on individual interpretation, publication and size of cup used (from 125g to 130g to 155g per cup)
  6. Cup measures based on assumption, 1 cup = 125g flour so that would be the US cup of 237ml, not the Australian Cup. The Australian cup = 155g flour so that would change cup measures.

 Points to note

  1. Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperatures depending on your oven. I baked the cake at 325°F (150°C) for 1½ hours.
  2. 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. My best advice: please use a weighing scale.

Author: Liz

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

47 thoughts

  1. You are right about the honey, Liz. Raw honey helped combat the severe cough I’ve had during winter months. It took 2 weeks to get rid of it. But at least, I didn’t ingest anything with harmful ingredients. Natural home remedy is best. This loaf by the way looks very moist and delicious. Have a lovely evening. 🙂

    1. Hi,
      Life gets so busy sometimes, sorry for the delay. I totally agree about home remedies, they are much better, always. Thanks so much for popping by. Have a lovely weekend!
      Liz

  2. Oh dear, I seem to be craving cake all the time at the moment, and this looks great, but my backside is telling me to get in shape as we are going on holiday in TWO months agh…I feel looks of green smoothies coming on!

    1. Ha ha enjoy your holiday, Naomi. I have taken a two week break from cake. Blogging is terrible if you have to taste everything you make. Have a fabulous week!
      Liz

    1. Thank you my dear Rosa. I did send you a piece. Did you receive it? I hope Sunday is superb for you. Mine is full of house chores….never ending house chores!
      Liz

  3. You learn something new every day! That honey is tasty I knew but that it is not only good for a sore throat is new to me. Would love to have a slice (or two, or..)

    1. Honey has so much sugar the bacterial growth is curtailed…We always think, don’t eat sugar when you have sore throat. Honey helps!
      Liz

  4. How about sending me the whole thing? 😉 I love honey and it’s part of my regular diet. Maybe that’s why sleeping is my favorite activity. 😉 The cake looks gorgeous. It would be just perfect for my breakfast (the only meal I crave for sweets). I love the addition of the bananas and the chocolate chips.

    1. Did you receive my mail? I sent the whole thing but you didn’t acknowledge. I hope you enjoyed it. Banana-honey-choco? great combination!
      Liz

  5. Isn’t it exhilarating to go out for walks in the spring time? The little nubs of greenery emerging from their wintry shells, trees showing their pink and white blossoms, and birds chittering to each other, while bees are busily trying to keep up with the demand for nectar and pollen to make their honey! I love these easy and delicious types of cakes. They don’t really need any accompaniment of sweet icing or creamy whipped toppings, well….maybe just a little. This one will definitely be on my list to try. I am in Mexico now for the month and the beach sand is white and the sun is shining, still uncertain about internet connection on a regular basis, so we will see. Have some more wonderful sunny days Liz, and get out and just enjoy!

    1. Sandy!
      White beach sand, sun shining. why would you worry about the internet? just enjoy the sun and beach. I always feel the same (LOL). When will we humans learn to just enjoy and not worry. I worry even more. Thanks, Sandy. You are the best. My warm regards to your family and friends!
      Liz

  6. Bananas and honey – yum! What a great combination for bread. With chocolate chips and golden raisins, too! I bet this is wonderful. 🙂

  7. Looks delicious! Glad to hear your weather is improving. This week spring is finally here. Starting today we will have the 80s! Time for all. Y warm weather foods. Hopefully I will get a post up some day this week, my mother in law has been visiting since Thursday so things are all off schedule! Enjoy your week and warmer weather.

    1. Are you kidding me. You are already having summer like temperatures. Wow! Right now our temperatures are at 30F. I am sitting by the fire watching news and blogging at the same time. Have a wonderful Sunday!
      Liz

  8. Looking very yummy as always 🙂 we swear by honey in our house. If anyone has a cold I make a fresh hot squeezed lemon drink with a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of fresh honey for sore throats, ive never tried it but I have heard of people using honey on burns and open sores. Have a good week 😀 x

    1. My mother used to mix honey with fresh egg yolks for cough. We drank lots of that when we were young and lots of cod liver oil as well. Thanks for popping by. I wish you a wonderful week!
      Liz

  9. Over here there is manuka honey, which is said to have beneficial properties such as aiding wound recovery. Honey really is a wonderful food. And this cake looks and sounds delicious! 🙂
    Have a great week ahead.

    1. Oh yes I’ve heard a lot about Manuka honey and it’s expensive too. I love all kinds of honey. Thanks for complimenting!
      Liz

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