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Banana Bread

By W Jane Vermeer
Banana Bread
10 servings
  • 93 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 1 hrs
  • Serves

    125g Tararua Butter
    1/2 cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar
    1/2 cup Chelsea Caster Sugar
    2 Eggs
    2 cup Edmonds Standard Grade Flour
    1 tsp Edmonds Baking Powder
    1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
    1 tsp Edmonds Baking Soda
    1 cup Meadow Fresh Original Milk
    2 Bananas (ripe), mashed
    1/4 cup Walnuts, chopped


    Preheat oven to 180°C.
    Grease and line a 25cm loaf pan.
    Beat Tararua Butter and sugars until pale and creamy.
    Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    Sift Edmonds Standard Grade Flour, Edmonds Baking Powder, and cinnamon.
    Dissolve Edmonds Baking Soda in Meadow Fresh Original Milk. Add to creamed butter mixture with bananas and walnuts. Mix together.
    Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

    This recipe has not been tested by Chelsea Sugar.

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Average Rating
(93 reviews)



Worked out great however it took 2 1/2 hours to cook through. Can I have the calories for it as a whole?
CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, glad this turned out well for you. That's a very long time to cook through though! Was the oven at the right temperature? Unfortunately we don't have the nutrition information - you could try an online tool to calculate this though.

Excellent and easy

Did this in a blender
Added vanilla paste, choc pieces and walnuts and baked in muffin tins for like 20-25 mins aprox
Ahmazing numnum

I have been using this recipe for quite some time now in the bnb, its 5 star and easy to double the mixture.

I got a way more successful bake at 160 °C for 1 hour 20 mins. I find that with my oven it's not quite done in the middle at 180 °C but would be too brown on top. Works well with non dairy milk and butter/margarine alternatives. Also I put double the amount of walnuts in, yum.

Beautifully moist with a hint of cinnamon and very easy to make my family love it

Love this recipe. Easy and absolutely foolproof. If you have a hot oven like mine then just watch the time because mine cooked in 40 minutes. 10/10. Family devoured.

I'm not much of a successful baker but this recipe is fool proof and turned out great.


Easy recipe to follow, turned out great!

It's easy and simple to make for whenever. IT'S THE BEST RECIPE OUT THERE IN THE HISTORY OF BANANA BREAD!

I am a bit of a rookie when it comes to baking, so I was absolutely stoked with how this Banana bread turned out. I will definitely be using this recipe again and again.

I enjoy this recipe. Have had to use margarine instead of butter as I never have that available. Also make it gluten free and it is fine. Sometimes it cooks for an hour. When you add chocolate chips for added flavour it makes it yum. Other people on this site, say things such as; well I reduced the sugar. I disagree add more, sugar is good. It is probably the 7th or 8th time using this recipe and it never lasts more than a day. Would reccomend if you have two hours to spare on a lonesome sunday afternoon, with a glass of red wine and a romance novel in hand for the wait.


I have lost count of how many times I have made this banana bread recipe! Delicious and easy!

Amazing. Highly recommend making it.

It was very helpful. I made 7 of these. It was so good that my dad ate all of them.

I like it when my mum bakes this for me.

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Love this - I make it into muffins. Brilliant no fail recipe.

Really easy and makes a large super yummy loaf that keeps well.

The cake was perfect!. Moist, not too sweet, great texture. Great recipe! Thank you

Way too much wet ingredients in this recipe. Baked for over an hour, was fully cooked through. But the bottom of the bread was very dense and gluey, while the top was fine. Adjusted some ingredients to 1 cup mashed bananas, 1/4 cup milk and a hint of vanilla. And folded the flour mixture in with a spatula instead to avoid over-mixing.

We all love this recipe. I usually add an extra banana which increases the banana flavour.

The easiest and an absolutely fail proof banana bread recipe. I also reduce the sugar by about a quarter and it’s perfect for our family. The full amount would be too sweet for us. Am writing this after maybe about my fourth time using the receipt and this time I reduced the sugar even more and put in (real) maple syrup for a deeper flavour. Fingers crossed it works. Ran out of cinnamon so just put in nutmeg and I prefer that. Have added chocolate chips before and it’s worked out great too.

It was AMAZING! And so easy to make

Hands down the best banana bread recipe I've ever made, tastes like the McCafe banana bread, I added extra banana and used butter flavored shortening and used a little less caster sugar and more brown sugar, it was moist for a week until the very last slice, this makes a very large loaf. Making again today!

Excellent recipe, I halved the amount of sugar & only used brown sugar. Loaf is moist with great flavour, would definitely make this again.

Incredible, every single person I make this for LOVES it. I bake this at least once a week, my boyfriend goes through it like hot cakes, and it's such a great loaf to freeze as well for a great mid-week snack.

This was the first time I had made banana bread, forced into action by a bored, hungry daughter and the COVID-19 lockdown. Despite my deserved reputation as a lousy baker, I'm pleased to say it came out perfectly as advertised "moist and delicious with loads of banana flavour." In the words of Merrill J Fernando "Do try it!"

Amazing thanks

Delicious! Will definitely make this recipe over and over again.

Substituted Olivani and oat milk for a dairy free version. Yum!

It was amazing!!!

Easy to prepare & great loaf. You need a large loaf tin.

Living with boys and making as a cake instead. Every time it's been eaten within the day.

Amazing! The only banana cake I've made that actually cooked in the middle.

Perfect easy and yum!!


So easy to make and simply delicious. Husband and son loved it!

My first time cooking banana bread for my kids and it was delicious.

Easy to make and tastes delicious. I doubled the recipe but found I did not have enough standard flour so used 1 cup whole meal, and also did not double the sugar and it still came out amazing.

It turned out fantastic. It is all gone. I added teaspoon ginger and only 1/2 a tea spoon of cinnamon. Thank you. Yum Yum.

This was the best banana bread my family has ever had! The cinnamon was a great addition.

Great, easy to make, tastes delicious.

I think it was yum and I would definitely recommend it

amazing!!!!! ( :

Have 4 loaves now in a space of 2 days! The kids love it.
Substituted standard flour for gluten four and changed the milk for lactose free. Came out how I would expect it to. Very yummy and love the cinnamon flavour. Definitely will use this recipe again.

So moist and delicious!!
Very basic and easy to follow recipe.
Will be my go to from now on.
Came out of oven half an hour ago and 3/4 is already gone!
If I wasnt restricting myself it would be all gone already haha.
Awesome recipe. Yum!!

Easy recipe, beautiful and moist the second one is baking now. Delicious

Foolproof and delicious!

Delicious, moist loaf, quite sweet (but this was very welcome to the sweet-toothed menfolk in my family.) Baked 10 minutes longer than the recommended time. Added choc chips and next time I'll add walnuts. Kept very well and stayed moist for 5 days (I made 2 loaves, otherwise it would've all been gone in 2 days!!) I sometimes use a quicker oil-based, no-egg recipe, but that usually dries out after a couple of days. This requires a little more effort (I don't have a mixer, so creaming the butter and sugar can be a bit of a task) but the end result is worth it for sure. Lovely!

Would bake again, 5 stars.

I thought it was good but I had to do a lot on my own and it said nothing about switching bowls but yet it said "in your other bowl" but other then that it was good!

I’m not sure what happened but it seems there was too much banana for the recipe and it’s like it’s uncooked; however you can tell it’s the “sloppiness’ of the banana. Tasty still and also a hit with the toddler

Big hit with the whole family. Really easy to make and all items we had in the pantry already

Love it Love it, I've added a half cup fine chopped gingery goodness plus a teaspoon of dried ginger a little extra warmies for winter whip butter up like to add a half half natural/almond butter mix.

Awesome recipe! Was such a hit with the family.
Easy, simple, delicious!

Tastes like banana. Nice.

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This is our favourite banana bread recipe. So easy and so tasty. Love it!

The best banana bread recipe out there! Comes out beautifully as a cake also. I sometimes add more brown sugar and less caster, and have used a smaller amount of milk (soy) and have found it doesn’t make the recipe any less moist. Works beautifully with lemon or chocolate icing if made as a cake

This is by far the best banana loaf I have ever made ! I’m a little addicted to making it now. Definitely fail proof & the whole family loves it ! Thank you

This is our family favourite recipe, the kids love adding chocolate chips as well. Also makes a great gift.

Very good recipe. Crunchy on the outside moist in the middle and keeps for ages. Could you make this with gluten free flour?
Yes, you could.

Quick, easy, delicious


This is one of the best banana bread recipes. I doubled the recipe as I had a whole bunch of bananas to use up. It made 3 x loaves. They were super moist and tasted fabulous!

It's my favourite banana bread recipe! my family loves it, i substitute the walnuts for choc chips tho :)

lovely cake for my lovely children!

Really yum I recommend it with 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg

really yummy, instead of walnuts you can use chocolate hersheys

Crunchy outside, soft on the inside.
Perfect banana loaf!

This is a great recipe, it works really well!

This is now my go to banana bread recipe. So yummy and easy!

I made this today and silly me got distracted and forgot to add the bananas xD... but even without the bananas it was sooooo good. It tastes like steamed pudding. Cinnamon flovour.... i recommend it even without bananas

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Great recipe!! Easy to follow and is super tasty!!

I use coconut sugar insted chopped almonds and coconut and chunky mashed banana and it's addition a extra tsp of cinnamon also on top yum.

Delicious, I used coconut instead of walnuts ( didn't have any) I would recommend

5 stars.. this is our go to Banana bread, turns out perfect every time. As soon as we have over ripe banana I whip this up.

Makes a lovely satisfyingly moist loaf. Quick and easy. Benefits from an extra few minutes in the oven.

I made this beautiful banana loaf today.
Quick and easy to make .
Very moist and the walnuts were a nice addition.

This recipe is a never fail success for our family. We've even subbed g/f flour for standard flour and it still turned out just as good. My oven is getting old with slightly uneven heat so I do have to leave the pan in to cook for an extra 5-10 minutes but the loaf is definitely worth the wait.

Great recipe, easy to make, just had to leave it in oven a bit longer than an hour as batter was quite runny and took longer to cook.

This was easy and turned out deliciously moist! We didn't even have to spread butter on it.
I added an extra banana as I had four ripe bananas to use up and it was cooked in under an hour. Will definitely make this again and add a few walnuts next time

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Super yummy banana bread!!! Definitely one to add to my recipe book to make again, thank you.

Great recipe. I substituted 1 cup of flour for wholemeal flour and added chia seeds & cranberries. Delicious with great feedback from those that tried it!

A nice and easy recipe. I added different nuts as I didn't have walnuts but still delicious! Once baked it's deliciously moist and the whole family from toddler to granny enjoyed this banana loaf!

So moist and my whole family loves it. Delicious! Thank you.

This was an easy recipe, which turned out nice and moist. I also put a tsp of vanilla essence in my mixture (I would've used banana essence If I had of had it). I also used some chopped nuts as opposed to the walnuts. Was nice sliced with butter. I will definitely make this again. :-)

Thank you

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What a great recipe and it turned out lovely. Nice and moist. Thanks Jane :)

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Yum! I loved it so did the kids, Nice and moist.

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Absolutely scrummy and really easy to make.

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