Foolproof Banana & Nut Bread

This is one of those things we often make in our house for couple of reasons…

Banana bread stores well, it actually tastes better next day and makes great picnic and travel snack. It tastes also superb as a tea companion and will brighten up gloomy autumn days as well.

The recipe is also very frugal because it calls for very ripe or even overripe bananas that otherwise would get wasted.


  • 5 ripe (or even overripe, browned ones) bananas – mashed roughly (about 700 g)
  • 200 g unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¾ – 1 cup of walnuts (chopped or not)
  • 3 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 3 tbs of vanilla sugar (30 g)
  • 1 tbs of baking powder
  • 1 cup of soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

banana bread recipe


  1. Stir everything together and place in 2 medium size buttered tins or layered with baking paper, we used bread loaf tins.
  2. Bake in 150°C (248°F) for about an hour and 10 minutes.
  3. Leave to cool down and set aside for at least couple of hours before serving for the flavours to develop.

Makes about 16 – 20 servings.

overripe bananas recipes


Banana bread taste even better the next day with a cup of caffè latte.

When my daughter was younger I used to chop nuts, right now I add them almost not chopped what is adding texture to the cake.

Your thoughts…

  1. Hi, I don’t seem to find vanilla sugar around , can I subsitute regular sugar ? (please specify the quantity)

  2. Hi,

    Thank you for visiting.

    Here are ingredients of Vanilla Sugar I have: Caster Sugar, Vanilla Seeds, Vanilla Flavour.
    Instead of 2 tbs of vanilla sugar you can use vanilla extract with 2 tbs of regular sugar. It should work.
    I don’t know where are you located but here in UK they sell it in Tesco.
    Let me know how did it come out.



  3. Also you can just put a vanilla pod cut down the centre in a big jar of sugar and it does the same thing. You should be able to pick one up at in the herb section of your supermarket. They last ages. Great cake Margot!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Hi Margot, I have some ripe bananas in my fruit bowl and this recipe just sounds what I’m looking for to use them up!! Thanks for sharing this great recipe :D
    Rosie x

  5. sounds perfect for morning tea.yum!

  6. Hi! I found you over at Flickr. You have a beautiful site! And this looks like a yummy recipe!

  7. oh i love to eat bananas raw. i also love foods and recipes with banana in it. they taste very very good

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