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Recipe for Light, Fluffy, and Moist Banana Bread

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My light, fluffy, and moist banana bread fresh from the oven.

My light, fluffy, and moist banana bread fresh from the oven.

Delightful and Moist Banana Bread

My recipe for banana bread is quick and easy to make—and it tastes delicious too. It only takes about 45 minutes to bake. I have included step-by-step instructions with my own photos.

One of my secrets is to add sugar to the bottom of the loaf tins before I pour in the bread mixture. Then I add a bit more sugar on top of the mixture before the loaf tins go into the oven. This technique gives my dessert recipe a crunchy, caramel-like crust.


  • 400g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 175g white caster sugar
  • 75g brown sugar
  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 medium eggs


  • Two loaf pans: 8x4 inch (20x10 cm)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Weighing scales
  • Electric blender
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sharp knife
  • Wire rack

Step 1: Prepare the Bread Tins

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c for a fan oven or 160c/gas mark 4 conventional oven.
  2. Cover the bottom and sides of the baking pans with butter or margarine.
  3. Pour the brown sugar into one of the pans.
  4. Rotate and shake the pan to coat the butter in a thin layer of sugar. Pouring the excess into the second pan to do the same again.
  5. This will give you a crunchy caramel-like crust when cooked.
Spread the bottom and sides of the baking tins with butter or margarine

Spread the bottom and sides of the baking tins with butter or margarine

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

  1. Pour the flour into the large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter to the mixture.
  3. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Mix in the caster sugar and remaining brown sugar evenly.
  5. Peel the bananas.
  6. Mash the bananas with a fork until smooth.
  7. Pour the banana puree into the dry ingredients.
  8. Add the eggs.
  9. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture resembles slightly lumpy baby food.
  10. Divide the mixture between the two loaf pans and spread evenly.
Mix the dry ingredients together.

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Step 3: Bake the Loaves

  1. Bake for approximately 45 minutes.
  2. Check the loaves are cooked all the way through by inserting a sharp knife or skewer into the centre of the loaf. If it comes out clean, they are cooked.
  3. While still warm, place a plate on top of the pans and flip upside down together so the loaf slides out onto the plate.
  4. Place a clean tea towel over the cooling loaves to prevent them from drying out.
Banana bread fresh from the oven

Banana bread fresh from the oven

Banana Bread Recipe

Bananas Are a Super Food

Eating bananas raw can be beneficial for your health. They are a rich source of protein and boost your energy. At the same time, they contain tryptophan. This is an amino acid that is a natural mood enhancer.

The beta-carotene the banana contains naturally converts within the body to vitamins A and C. This is beneficial for your immune system. It also contains vitamin B6.

Questions & Answers

Question: I'd love to try this recipe. Is there a way to print just the recipe out? Thank you

Answer: You could copy and paste the Banana bread recipe onto a word document and then print it out. But it is short enough so maybe it would be easier to write it down from the recipe. Good luck.