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Easy Banana Bread Recipe (UK Measurements)

Are you looking for an easy to make banana recipe?

We always seem to have a few bananas left over each week that are perfectly ripe for turning into tasty banana bread.

Banana bread is perfect to eat as an afternoon snack or to pop in the kid’s lunch boxes for a special treat. 

banana bread recipe on a plate sliced

How To Make Banana Bread

There are plenty of banana bread recipes to choose from, from ones without eggs to those that include chocolate chips.

Ingredients Needed For Banana Bread

There are many banana bread variations; I’ve tried a variety of combinations and cooking times but have found these ones to produce the best results.

Please scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom for measurements and full instructions.


The bananas I use tend to be medium-sized. If you use larger bananas, you might find that the bread turns out ‘wetter’ in texture, perhaps even a little soggy. I either use two or three bananas,


Make sure this is at room temperature, or if need be, you can melt it. I make it with unsalted butter but you can use salted butter.

You can substitute the butter for vegetable oil if you prefer. As a general rule of thumb, substitute with 3/4 oil for the amount of butter in the recipe (in the case of this recipe, you’ll put in 90ml of vegetable oil).


I usually make it with brown sugar but it can be made with caster sugar if that is all you have. You can also reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe if you wish; bananas can provide quite enough sweetness sometimes!

Side Note: if you would rather leave out the sugar, you can bake with honey or maple syrup instead.


The eggs are beaten before they are added to the mixture. You can make this recipe without eggs, whether that’s for health reasons, or you just don’t have any eggs available.

What you should know if you don’t include eggs is that the banana loaf will turn out denser and not as moist but it will still be a tasty recipe.

Some recipes include applesauce as a substitute or increased bananas. I’ve never made an eggless one before but this one looks pretty amazing if you want to give it a try.


If you don’t have any self-raising flour you can substitute it with plain flour and add in some baking powder. If you have bread flour, this can also be used instead, as can whole wheat flour. 


If you’ve used any of my other recipes from this blog before, you’ll know that I love using cinnamon when I bake! This is an optional extra in the list of ingredients, but well worth adding. I stir it into the mixture when I’m sifting the flour in.

Other Extras

You can also experiment with adding some sultanas, and nuts (walnuts are a good option).

How ripe do bananas need to be?

If a banana is yellow, with a hint of green, and no brown speckles, the chances are it isn’t ripe enough. The browner and more speckled brown the banana is, the riper it will be.

Not only will a ripe banana be easier to mash, but it’ll also be much sweeter. That’s not to say you can’t use a less ripe banana; just be aware that it might not be as moist and sweet.

You might also enjoy my Quick and Easy Banana Muffins

Preparing Banana Bread

Start by mixing the butter and sugar together – make sure the butter has been softened, or melted, before mixing in.

mixing butter and sugar for banana bread

Once the butter and sugar is combined, stir in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon followed by the beaten egg.

If the bananas you are using are ripe enough you will be able to easily mash them using either a fork or a potato masher.

mashing ripe bananas  ready to put in the banana bread mixture

Add the mashed banana to the bowl and stir it, making sure it is well mixed.

mashed banana mixed in for banana bread

You’re now ready to transfer it to the greased loaf tin before putting it in the preheated oven, ready to be baked.

banana bread mixture in baking tin

Cook for between 45 minutes and 1 hour at 180°C/Gas Mark 4.

After the cake is ready – between 45 minutes and 1 hour, take it out and leave it to cool for around 20 minutes before removing it from the tin.

cooked banana bread straight from the oven

Leave it to cool for a little longer on a wire rack before slicing it up ready to eat and enjoy!

sliced banana bread

Banana Bread Hints and Tips

Why Is My Banana Bread Soggy/Undercooked On The Inside?

At the end of the suggested cooking time use a skewer or sharp knife to insert it into the centre of the loaf. If it comes out clean, it’s ready.

Make sure you are not using too many bananas, sometimes, if you are using larger bananas, the extra will throw out the ratio of the ingredients and leave it with a wetter texture on the inside. 

If you feel you are using the right amount of banana, it could be that you need to cook it for longer.  
You should cook it for longer but without burning/overcooking the outside. Try covering the loaf pan with some foil and cooking it for a further 10 minutes.

How Do I Keep Banana Bread Moist?

If by some miracle you have some leftovers to store, you will want to try and prevent them from drying out. If you store it in an airtight container it will last for a few days – don’t put it in a fridge or you will dry it out.

Can I Bake Banana Bread In A Round Cake Tin?

Yes, it can be baked in a cake tin, but you may need to reduce the cooking time. This is because the batter will be thinner in depth as it has more space to spread out.

Can I Toast Banana Bread?

If you are not eating it on the day that it is baked, you can lightly toast it and put some spread on it – honey or peanut butter tastes amazing! It also tastes good with some cream cheese.

How Long Does Banana Bread Last?

Banana bread lasts up to 5 days outside of the fridge in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Banana Bread?

Yes. Wait for the banana bread to completely cool down. You can freeze it whole, or sliced. Wrap it in cling film or foil.

How Long Can You Freeze Banana Bread For?

You can freeze banana bread for up to 3 months.

sliced banana bread

Banana Bread Recipe

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Deliciously moist and sweet banana bread heaven. It's quick and easy to make - time to get baking.


  • 2 or 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 120g butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Grease/line a 2lb loaf tin.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. Slowly add in the beaten eggs and mix in until combined.
  5. Add in the flour, baking powder and ground cinnamon and mix.
  6. Finally, stir in the mashed bananas.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes. Check on it at around the 30 minute mark - if the outside seems to be browning up too quickly you may need to loosely cover it with foil for the final 15 minutes of cooking time.
  8. Check the banana bread is cooked through by inserting a skewer in the middle, if it comes out clean it is ready.
  9. Leave the banana bread to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool some more before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 378mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 4g

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Thursday 29th of September 2022

Loved this recipe! I added white and dark chocolate chips with flakes walnuts. It was delicious! I also sprinkled some Demerara sugar on top.


Monday 12th of September 2022

This is such an easy and delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing it. Tracey

olwen Benefer

Wednesday 15th of June 2022

just made this absolutely scrummy. thanks


Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Looks like a great recipe but how about using American measurements(lbs, ozs,tsp, Tbsp,) too. Perhaps putting them in parentheses marks. ()

Liana Green

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Hi Annette,

It is something I have thought about doing, I will try to where I can moving forward. Thanks for your comment :)

Emma Thompson

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Made this lovely banana bread recipe today. Used Doves gluten free flour and a dairy free marg so everyone in our home could eat it. Totally yummy and not too sweet. Thank you 💕

Liana Green

Friday 30th of October 2020

Thanks for your comment Emma - I'm really happy to hear you enjoyed the banana bread! :)

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