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Banana and Walnut Loaf Cake Recipe

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Read on for my banana and walnut loaf cake recipe for a quick treat!

Read on for my banana and walnut loaf cake recipe for a quick treat!

Don't Throw Away Those Bananas!

You know how sometimes you find a couple of ripe bananas that may have gone a little past their best? What can you do with them? Few people would eat them.

Instead of throwing them away, how about a quick and easy banana and walnut loaf cake? As fast dessert recipes go, this is about as simple as it gets, and you get to keep all the banana's health benefits.

The following recipe is really easy to follow. It takes literally less than five minutes to prepare the mixture (see video below) and only an hour to cook—and, of course, mere seconds to devour.

Keep a careful eye on your loaf cake, as it can be ready a little earlier than one hour, depending on your cooker. Fan-assisted ovens will be faster. We made this cake just to show how easy it is.

If you have five minutes, you too can create this amazing cake.

Turn what would have been wasted into something spectacular and truly satisfying. The good thing is, you actually need over-ripened bananas for this recipe to work. It's a win-win.

Those of you with a nut allergy. Leave out the nuts.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

1 hour

1 hour 5 min

8 to 10 good size slices


  • 2 large or 4 small ripe bananas, mashed and beaten into the mix
  • 6 ounces (1 cup) walnuts, chopped
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 5 ounces (5/8 cup) granulated raw cane sugar, add to mix
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) plus 1 teaspoon vegetable fat, to mix in and grease baking tin
  • 8 ounces self raising flour, sift into mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, sift into mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, sift into mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, sift into mix


  1. Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the sugar, vegetable fat, and eggs together with a wooden or plastic spoon. Beat until the mixture is light. Break up and mash in the bananas. Until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and bicarboanate of soda into the mixture until it is mixed thoroughly. Blitz the walnuts in a blender for a few seconds until the pieces are half the size of a small pea. Or to your preference. Add the walnuts to the mixture and stir in.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 9-inch loaf tin and bake for 1 hour, or until the loaf is done. Test the loaf by inserting a dry skewer in the centre of the loaf. If it comes out clean, the loaf is cooked and ready. Turn the loaf out of the tin and allow it to cool before slicing. Place on a baking rack.
  4. Slice and eat plain or spread with butter or other interesting toppings. It tastes great on its own.

Cost-Effective Cooking

The video has no dialogue track, as all we could hear was a lot of clinking and clanking of mixing bowls and food processors. So we added a seasonal festive track. Considering, dear reader, that you are often bombarded with unwanted noise, I thought this would make a nice change.

It was a lot of fun putting this together, and I hope you take this opportunity to try baking it yourself.

Of the many and varied banana & walnut cakes that have passed my way, this is by far the best. Maybe because we made it ourselves.

There is a certain satisfaction in making something from nothing. Plus it is a great way of saving on otherwise bad bananas.

The total cost of producing this loaf is approximately £1.00 ($1.60c) and yields 10 to 12 slices per cake. How much is the cost of just one slice of banana and walnut loaf cake at your local coffee shop?

Give it a try.

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© 2012 Micheal