banana bread

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup (175g) brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 cups mashed banana 
  • 1¾ cups (255g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted 
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • ⅓ cup (115g) golden syrup 
  • butter, extra, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer and beat for 8–10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Gradually add the eggs and beat well to combine. Add the banana, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and golden syrup and stir to combine. 
  3. Spoon the mixture into a 26cm x 11cm (2.5 litre-capacity) lightly greased loaf tin lined with baking paper. Bake for 60–65 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
  4. Cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve with the extra butter. Serves 6–8.
Reader ratings (3.57) 321501
Tracey Pola

Love this one.  Very easy to make. We used treacle instead of golden syrup and we go heavy on the cinnamon and a touch of ground ginger coz we love them

Erin Money

I make this banana bread all the time. I often substitute 1/2 banana for 1/2 cup cauliflower, which is delicious. The kids love it and it’s perfect for lunchboxes.

Elyssa Haratsis

As a novice baker, I found this recipe extremely simple to tackle and the result was fantastic. Easily the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted. I also added some chopped walnuts through the batter as I happened to have a few.

Claire Ferguson

This is the BEST banana bread recipe I’ve made! And I’ve made a few! Super moist, full of favour, but not too sweet. I did add slightly less sugar and golden syrup than the recipe says though. It has been a hit in my household!

Jodi Kidd

Well gosh, I made the mistake of baking this beauty today.The husband is yet to sample it but once he does, its going to be a regular for the tins in the cupboard if it makes it there.  I had to try a piece as the smell was amazing! So with my little son fast asleep, I made my cup of tea and cut a piece still slightly warm added a spread of butter . Three words came to mind. .Magical!  .Self Control.!!! Thanks Donna and team love it

Jay J

This was amazing!!! We had a slice as soon as it was cool enough to eat and it was beautiful!! I didn’t have golden syrup so subbed with Maple syrup and I added walnuts as we like some crunch. I think next time I’ll add just 1/2 cup sugar and add 1/4 dates. Thanks Donna!!!

Patricia Gillett

I bake in a large muffin tin and then freeze they are great for a golf snack as I’m playing.. I also add walnuts and sultanas… fabulous recipe

Deb Nash

So delicious every time. Today I added 1/4 cup of dried cranberries & white choc chips

donna hay team

Hi Hanadi, we haven’t tested this as one large version so we can’t guarantee it will turn out the same. As it is a simple recipe to mix I suggest baking them individually. The DH Team.

Gill Dowd

I’ve made this loads and it turns out faultless each time. Love this recipe

Jennyfer brzoza

Simply fantastic smile thank you. I just reduced the amount of sugar to 85gm personal preference smile
Thanks from Dubai !!

Hanadi Barsoum

I would like to bake this banana bread for 24 people but I don’t want to bake it 3 times. Did anyone tried to bake 3 recipies in one go and used a bigger baking tray.

donna hay team

Hi, Madeleine. Yes, you certainly could use maple syrup. Enjoy! The DH Team.

Hayley Nixon

Caroline, I just replaced the eggs with flax ‘eggs’. Google it, I use them all the time to replace eggs in cooking. Either ground flax seeds, or chia seeds.

Madeleine Edey

Can you replace the golden syrup with something else, like maple syrup?

donna hay team

Hi Caroline, that’s a tricky one and I am not sure it will work. We have not tested this recipe without eggs so please let us know if you do have success. The dh team.

Caroline Bogusz

Is it possible to alter this receipe to be egg free? Could you just add more oil, or would it not hold together?

Alison Reinhardt

Over the years I have used many recipes for banana bread. I will never use another. Donna Hay is by far the best. DELICIOUS

Norma Leota

I was recommended this recipe by a friend. I just baked it today and it was absolutely delicious! I’d definitely be using this recipe again.

Nicole Lane

Really great recipe. The brown sugar and golden syrup give it such a good flavour. Great for using up lots of ripe bananas, you taste them but it’s not overpowering. I cut half the loaf into slices and put them in the freezer for lunchboxes - it defrosts well.





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