Banana bread

Thank you for being thankful and sharing your thoughts with me, it made me teary just reading some of them and made me think about what I have as opposed to what i don’t and to appreciate those who make me smile and not worry about those who don’t.

This is the second time I have made banana bread, first time was not so good, this time….success.
Let me know if you try it, it’s somewhat healthier than usual.


Banana bread
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 26cm loaf
  • 2 eggs
  • 250g (1 cup + 1 tablespoon) caster sugar
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 1 cup mashed banana (3 medium overripe bananas)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • dash of milk or cream
  • 100g crushed* walnuts
  • 270g (1¾ cups) self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • topping
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 50g (1/2 cup) crushed* walnuts
  1. preheat oven to 160C, grease and line a 26cm loaf tin, with baking paper
  2. beat the sugar and eggs on high until pale and thick, reduce speed and gradually add the vegetable oil
  3. add a dash of milk or cream to the sour cream to thin it and add to the egg mixture along with the mashed bananas and beat until just combined
  4. sift in the flour, bicarb soda and spices and add the walnuts and beat only until combined
  5. pour into prepared pan
  6. make topping by mixing crushed nuts and brown sugar together then sprinkle on top of the batter
  7. bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
* just slightly crushed with your hands



Happy Monday friends ♥


  • Looking so so delicious, Cathie. Have never tried a banana bread, I must and will for sure after having seen your photos.
    Enjoy your Monday and the rest of the week, sending lots and lots of Summer sunshine your way for a lovely Autumn week, or is it Winter already, I believe it is…

  • This looks so good cathie.I have been thinking about banana bread since I have some over ripe ones in the freezer.I will jot this down,thanks so much for sharing!

    Happy new week ahead there in Australia.UGH its so hot here extremely hot,I cant wait til some cooler weather.

  • YUM! Your blog always makes me smile – AND makes me super hungry too:) I hope your day is lovely!

  • looks good! we love banana bread in this house

  • Your photos make even banana bread look delicious! It almost makes me want to forget my life long dislike of banana bread and give this recipe a whirl. Beautiful as always x

  • I've jotted this down!
    Can there be any substitute for the walnuts? Not fussed on those! I have cashews in the cupboard!!

    We always put sour cream in banana cake recipe, keeps it so moist! This looks better – with the brown sugar!

  • mmm. i love banana breads. if you want, you can add half a cup of honey and skip all the sugar. better for you…xx

  • Yum – the topping is a great idea for a bit of crunch! I will have to give this one a go! Thanks!

  • mmmm…. this looks yummy! I am trying this recipe 🙂

  • I LOVE your photography & that cake looks heavenly, must try it….

  • Wow, looks utterly delicious. I actually used the last of my frozen bananas yesterday for muffins, but think I'll buy some more to make this.

  • Chef is looking for a new recipe at the moment so I will pass this on. It looks great. x

  • oh i want some of that for my breakfast right now.

  • TK

    your talent with photography (and cooking) are just wonderful… recipe for banana bread often ends up 'stodgy' – this looks so much better, thankyou….into the 'Must Do' pile it goes!!

  • you have made my day with those delightful photos – it is always such a joy to pop in here 🙂 looks yummi I might just have to try!!! thanks Cathie XO

  • What better food for the soul but Banana Bread! You have inspired me to go into the kitchen and bake some… mmmm…. I hope you don't mind if I add a few chocolate chips to your recipe!! 😉

    Happy Monday Cathie!
    xo Catherine

  • two manxy nanas in the fruit bowl today, i still haven't done the groceries – I know whats in the lunchboxes tomorrow now (another day escaping the trolley – yay!)

  • ♥ love the photo of the sieve and the banana bread 'aint bad looking either LOL!

  • This is my favourite ALL TIME treat..yummmm…I think I can smell it all the way over here in Canada…My silly bananas never can ripe fast enough for me. xoxoox

  • Ash

    i want to eat the PICS – look yummylicious! 🙂

  • Yum! You had me at 'Banana Bread'… and then I saw the topping! Definitely printing this one for the next burst of baking motivation. Thanks. PS. Glad you're on your way to feeling better. : )

  • Every one of my kids has an aversion to a baked banana anything. THIS WILL NOT STOP ME. ALL THE MORE FOR MOI!

  • Looks delicious. I am very much craving walnut and sugar dusted warm banana bread.

  • Dearest Cathie,
    This is just YUMMY…My husbands favorite…I shall give this one a go tomorrow when I come home from town…sending you a smile to start your week…love Rosie

  • I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better today Cathie:) Your banana bread sounds delicious and I love the topping too, yummo. Have a wonderful week. xo

  • your pics are always sooooo great!just looking at them is enough to nourish my soul!xx

  • I have a banana bread recipe I love, but oh, topping… it looks so wonderful. I'm going to put some bananas away to age now, and can't wait to try this in a few days. Thanks so much. You're really lovely and generous.

  • wonderful photos..I wanted to make bbread for a long time….let you know

  • sounds yum, I am off to give it a try, using greek yogurt and ricotta mixture in place of the sour cream (as I am out). Will let you know how it goes! Liking your new print me button

  • Only you could make banana bread look and sound so delicious!! Will have to give this recipe a whirl…have to get over the whole mashed banana thing…blah!! To many scary school lunchboxes for one teacher to let go of!! Note to self…pack only banana bread not bananas in Bijou's lunch box in the future 🙂

  • Jen

    I love making banana bread

  • yum, we love banana bread in this house and love a new recipe to try! when it was just keira I was always getting leftover brown bananas but now there are 3 little people it doesn't happen too often


  • Happy Monday (well its Tuesday now) – thanks for sharing. I will definitely make this!

  • Anonymous

    Oh my, yum yum yum.
    Mb xxx

  • i always use sour cream in my banana bread (a bill granger recipe)…it keeps it nice and moist. beautiful photos x

  • Hey there sweet one…oh that was a great recipe…tried it out and my husband and I quite enjoyed it…thanks so very much my dear…wishing you a great day…smile on Rosie

  • That looks and sounds yummy! Your photography is gorgeous too! Have a sweet day!

  • Hi! I made this yesterday and it was happily recieved by all…even the builders got some this morning and commented xx

  • haven't made it yet Cathie, but you are too kind! yummo! Thanks

  • this sounds divine, I will definately make it when I have all the ingredients yummo

  • i love banana! yumm!
    cathie's banana bread + one cup of coffee = heaven :))
    your photos amazing, i love your style 🙂

  • this one looks yummy and i love your photos ! i have to see if i can adapt this one gluten-free…

  • Jen

    oh my, yum!

  • I finally found it – your banana bread recipe! I've just whipped one up, but I used sunflower kernels instead of walnuts as it will be going to kinder tomorrow, which is of course, nut free. It's in the oven now, my loaf pan was almost too small to contain it, but the batter looks wonderful.

  • Oh Cathie, I just made this for the first time, and oh my gosh, it is scrummy! Since Zoe's pregnancy (4 years ago!), I have gone off bananas completely, but I can eat this, and loved it.

    I will be making this again, bananas ripen so quickly here, I always seem to have a few over-ripe ones, now I can use them up 🙂

    Cat xox

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