Banana and Walnut Loaf Cake Recipe


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Banana and walnut lof cake recipe for a quick treat

Banana and walnut lof cake recipe for a quick treat

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 5 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.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

1 hour

1 hour 5 min

8-10 good size slices

Banana & Walnut Loaf Cake video walk-through


  • 2 large or 4 small Ripe Bananas, mashed and beaten into the mix
  • 6 oz.1 cup Walnuts, chopped
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 5 oz. 5/8 cup Granulated Raw Cane Sugar, add to mix
  • 2 oz.1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon Vegetable Fat, to mix in and grease baking tin
  • 8 oz. 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 of 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 thouroughly. 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.

Cost-Effective Cooking

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 waste bananas.

Total costs of producing this loaf is approximately £1.00 ($1.60c). 10-12 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.

© 2012 Micheal


Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 17, 2014:

Thanks for the votes tillsontitan, it is a very tasty loaf and a fraction o the price you would pay in Starbucks or similar coffee shops.

Mary Craig from New York on October 15, 2014:

This is certainly in good taste from start to finish. Who doesn't love banana loaf and the walnuts give it that extra zing.

You certainly did a beautiful job here and making your own video is well, the icing on the cake!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on April 10, 2013:

Hello easylearningweb,

This is such a simple cake to make and it literally takes just 5 minutes to mix it all together and bung in the oven.

Imagine how much a single slice of this costs in the coffee shop.

So it saves money too :)

Now that's what I call up-cycling.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on April 08, 2013:

I haven't made banana bread in awhile, but I'll have to add it to my to do list. There's one more thing I sometimes add...chocolate chips, and since there's lots of news now that dark chocolate has health benefits, adding some dark chocolate chips is a win-win situation!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 25, 2012:


Hi Mary,

I can tell you one thing. If you make before xmas. It will not make to the day, it will be gone.

It is so scrumptious. enjoy.


Mary Gaines from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on November 23, 2012:

This sounds absolutely yummy, will have to try it this Christmas, thanks!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 09, 2012:

Hi Linda,

Thank you for leaving your comment. It is very tasty, nutritious and satisfying especially on these cold winter nights. Perfect comfort food.

linda on November 09, 2012:

Nice hub will make this

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on October 01, 2012:

Hi Joyette Fabien,

It is super tasty. Make sure that the banana's are ripe.

Walnuts are a great source of protein too. Hope you enjoy it, Joyette.

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on September 28, 2012:

Looks real simple. I'm going to try it on the weekend. I love banana bread !

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on September 11, 2012:

Hello Oktav,

Thank you fro reading and leaving a comment. We really enjoyed making this hub. We enjoyed even more eating this Banana & Walnut loaf cake. It was delicious. Glad you liked the recipes.

Come again lol

Oktav on September 10, 2012:

finally found a 5 star recommended recipe. i will try to make this on weekend. thx for sharing

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on August 03, 2012:

Hello EyesStraightAhead ,

It is truly scrumptious. I do agree. Nice to know that your family enjoyed it too. Thanks for including it in your recipes of the week hub, much appreciated.

Shell Vera from Connecticut, USA on August 03, 2012:

Wonderful! I am going to feature this is my "Favorite Recipes of the Week" hub. As such, I am going to use your picture and credit it to you. I really enjoyed making this with my daughter and thank you for sharing it.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on July 27, 2012:

Hello Ruchira,

It truly is a delightful recipe and so easy to make too. I am sure you will enjoy it as we did. It is so nice to not waste ripe banana's, don't you think.

Thank you for the votes.

Ruchira from United States on July 27, 2012:

Yummy....molometer will give this a try. The receipe looks simple and bananas and walnuts always go together.

Many votes

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 20, 2012:

Hi Suzie Q

We used granulated raw cane sugar, but I'm sure regular white sugar would work too.

Glad you liked this recipe and hope you love the banana walnut loaf cake too.

Thanks for the heads up. : )

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on June 20, 2012:

Yummmm!!! Thanks so much for this, i love banana bread and walnuts so i'l be sorted here!!! Did you use granulated or castor sugar? Voted up, more and sharing. Another great simple to follow recipe that sounds delicious!!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 20, 2012:

Hello there RealHousewife,

You go girl. He and you will love it. With coffee it is perfect. I wish I had some ripe banana now lol :)

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 19, 2012:

Thanks Jackie Lynnley,

I know it isn't supposed to matter but it is nice to get too 100 at least once lol.

I can always console myself when it drops back down again, with a nice slice of banana walnut loaf cake :)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 19, 2012:

I have some bananas that are overripe right now and I am totally going to make this bread today! I have all the other required items as well so I know my husband will be happy when he gets home!

It really looks beautiful and I do love banana, walnuts and coffee combined!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 17, 2012:

Wanted to congrats on your 100! And this looks like a terrific recipe, too! Very attractive hub.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 08, 2012:

Hi vespawolf,

How are you keeping, well I hope. This banana and walnut recipe is one that we developed living in South Africa. As you know things ripen rather quickly in warm climates, and we didn't want to be wasteful.

So when we found a couple of ripe bananas we just made a loaf cake.

It tastes fab, give it a go next time you have some overripe bananas.


Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 08, 2012:

I was so happy to see that you'd done a recipe! This cake looks great, and I love the idea of using up overly ripe bananas. Thank you!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 07, 2012:

O dear, Redberry Sky,

Life is so cruel lol.

How about going to the market and asking if they have any bananas, that are past there sell by date? You wouldn't have to wait so long :)

Redberry Sky on June 07, 2012:

Aargh! I just threw out some over-ripe bananas yesterday and I really want to make this! I'll have to get a few more when I go shopping and let them sit there tempting me for a few days 'til they're ready :)

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 04, 2012:

Hi Mhatter99,

In my world, it is always time for dessert lol

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 04, 2012:

Hello Ruby,

Will you be having coffee with that cake? lol

Thanks for dropping in for as slice banana & walnut loaf.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 03, 2012:

Oh the humanity... I just came from a peanut butter pie to this! God must be telling me it is desert time.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 03, 2012:

I couldn't pass this one up. This is my favorite kind of cake, no icing needed. I will make this. Thank you..

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Hi HawaiiHeart,

Thanks for dropping in and glad you liked it too.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Hi ishwaryaa22,

This was a shared labour of love, my wife did the cooking and I did everything else.

Our teamwork led to this rich, moist and tasty banana & walnut loaf cake's creation, for us all to enjoy. It is so simple to make too. You should try it sometime soon:)

Thanks for the 4.7 and SHARING

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

@Hi rsusan, I'll let you know how it turns out. Always willing to try new things.

Rika Susan from South Africa on June 03, 2012:

Thanks, molometer. Would really love to know how your experiment turns out! I am sure it will be great. This is a delicious recipe.

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on June 03, 2012:

YUM! Love banana bread/cake! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Hello rsusan,

I will try the applesauce idea, next time. We do like to experiment.

The fat we use is vegetable fat, so it's a healthier alternative to regular animal fat.

This recipe is suitable for vegetarians and is incredible moist already.

Thanks for the interesting suggestion.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 03, 2012:

A delicious hub filled with simple directions, eye-catching first photo and wonderfully helpful video! I am fond of cakes with walnut bits in them. I have tried banana brownies before. I would like to try this yummy recipe. Rated this recipe 4.7 Well-done! Useful and Awesome. Thanks for SHARING.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Hi Aurelio,

I did the photo's, video and text; but Linda did all the actual cooking :) I did a little whisking and gave words of encouragement occasionally, lol and of course the taste test was all mine.

This was great fun and we did another recipe today too. I just have to write it and edit the photo's. Maybe post tomorrow. Nice to mix things up occasionally.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Thanks Rajan,

I am glad you like the combination of video and photo's, it was a lot of fun to do.

Thank you again for your warm and your lovely comments. Hope you enjoy this banana & walnut loaf cake. I am sure you will find it very tasty.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Thanks Angela glad you found it yummy!

Rika Susan from South Africa on June 03, 2012:

Thanks for this useful recipe, molometer! Sounds yummy! I wonder if we could use some apple sauce in place of the fat to make it even healthier. It usually is a good way to come up with a lower fat version. The apple sauce also keeps it moist.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 03, 2012:

An unusual hub for you, though I hope you continue with more recipes because this sounds delicious. Voting this Up useful.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

We had a real laugh making this and we are at it again today lol

Mum's hands are very photogenic :)

Are you watching the Jubilee flotilla?

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Hi Mike,

That's interesting that you found the video on the twitter feed.

I think they call that the breadcrumb method lol seems to work hey buddy.

Enjoy the cake Mike, it is so easy to put together too.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Hello Pamela99,

Thank you for your lovely comments.

It is a delicious combination. This banana and walnut loaf is so easy to make, and very economical.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Hi Brett,

It really is great with a good cup of coffee. This recipe is nice and moist too. Give it a try next time you have a few ripe bananas.

Mike Pugh from New York City on June 03, 2012:

Lovely recipe hub here Molometer, I also found your video first for this hub on your twitter feed, I like the technique of a silent recipe video, cool stuff!

Voted up and getting shared every way I can budd.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 03, 2012:

Yummy Hub!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 03, 2012:

This loaf sure looks delicious and simple to make. Will be trying this soon. The video is a big help.

Great combination of excellent pictures and a great video.

Thanks for sharing.

Voted up on all counts except one. Shared and bookmarked.

Nataliemk on June 03, 2012:

Hehe that was brilliant!!!!!!!

Love the video and the banana loaf - I made the same mixture and baked them in a mini muffin tray, perfect bite size cakes to have with my tea!!

Bravo for the filming and Brava to mums little hands baking up a storm!


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 03, 2012:

I make banana bread quite often but haven't made a banana cake it years. I think I will be using your recipe in the near future as it sounds delicious. Thanks.

Brett C from Asia on June 03, 2012:

Great hub and I have had this many times. It really is delicious, so long as it isn't dry. May have to give cooking it a try, once I'm in a place with a kitchen lol.

Shared, up and useful

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on June 02, 2012:

Hi Rebecca,

We made it today and it always tastes great. We haven't made it for ages and had forgotten how good it was. It is so easy too. I must admit that Linda did most of the mixing. I did help :) We had had the bananas and walnuts. For some reason we forgot about the bananas and they got a little ripe lol :)

Waste not want not ad the saying goes.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 02, 2012:

I love banana and walnuts together, like on oatmeal. I'll bet I would love this banana walnut loaf cake recipe. Gotta try it. Thanks! Great vidoe too!

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