Freaking amazing banana bread

Freaking amazing banana bread

In lieu of an interesting and exciting story about my life (such as my ill-fated attempt at adult ballet this weekend – oh man did I feel like a potato amongst the carrots) I am going to fill your mouths, minds and tummies with my delicious banana bread recipe, inspired by a few recipes but essentially a baking delicacy of my own creation. It’s an almost perfect combination of flavours and textures and is a very soft, not at all a stodgy, banana bread.

You’ll never be hangry again. Provided you actually bake it, of course. This is not magical, self-baking banana bread.

And to throw in a little thought – isn’t it nice to know you can make something incredible from something vrot?

Not Your Grandmother’s Banana Bread

banana bread small

Loosely based on this recipe. | Makes one small banana bread and four muffins, or two smallish banana breads. | Baking time: 1 hour. Preparation time: 1 day and 30 minutes | Download the PDF of this recipe here!


  • Over-ripe bananas                                          4 (mashed)
  • Plain flour                                                            175g/ 1 ½ cups
  • Baking powder                                                  3 tsp
  • Salt                                                                         ½ tsp
  • Coconut oil /unsalted butter                       125g (melted)
  • Sugar                                                                     150g / ¾ cup
  • Eggs                                                                       2 large
  • Vanilla extract                                                   1 tsp
  • Raisins                                                                  100g
  • Walnuts                                                               60g (chopped)
  • Rum/ orange juice                                           Enough to cover raisins
  • Dessicated coconut                                         A handful
  • Cinnamon                                                           2 tsp

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  1. The day before put your raisins in a bowl and cover with rum or orange juice. Leave to soak until they get a little bit plump and juicy.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 c.
  3. Grease your baking tin with unsalted butter.
  4. Lightly toast the dessicated coconut on the stove and sprinkle on the bottom of the greased baking tin.
  5. Mash up your bananas with a fork and stir in the cinnamon. Keep aside.
  6. In a small mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Melt the coconut oil or butter in the microwave and keep aside.
  8. In a large mixing bowl beat together the coconut oil and sugar. Add in the eggs one by one and beat until the batter lightens in colour.
  9. Fold in the mashed banana; then fold in the chopped walnuts, drained raisins, and vanilla extract.
  10. Add a third of the flour mixture to this and stir in. Do this three times until all of the flour is mixed in.
  11. Pour the batter into a baking tin, and fill it ¾ of the way to the top.
  12. Place in the oven. Lower the temperature to 180 c, put on a TV show and let it bake for one hour.
  13. Cool on a wire rack.
  14. Slice and enjoy! It’s fruity and delicious and the combination of flavours and textures makes this recipe a keeper. Nothing like a banana in the mouth!
mrs featherbottom
Mrs Featherbottom from Arrested Development. Best TV show ever.

If you bake this banana bread, send me a pic with your comment (to I’ll post it AND send you a Seal of Approval! What more could you want? Plus you’ll have a delicious banana bread.

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Please feel free to bake or sell this banana bread, but do not sell the recipe or publish it without linking to my blog.


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