Make Banana Bread At Home For The Whole Family


I regularly make the Avoca Banana bread because I feel it’s quite healthy. I also prefer home made baking because I know exactly what’s it in. The Avoca cookbook is great; definitely try out their scone recipe too! When you have kids, you must put something healthy in their lunch box for school. It can be quite difficult to keep it interesting. My children love this recipe and the loaf lasts a couple of day. You can toast it and it’s so moist it doesn’t need butter which means less mess.

My Tip

On occasion I will only put in 2 oz of sugar because it’s sweet enough with the banana and I also put in some ground nuts. The recipe below makes one loaf.



  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 75ml/3 fl oz sunflower oil
  • A few drops of vanilla essence
  • 65g/2.5 oz pecan nuts chopped
  • 4 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed



  • Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl and stir in the sugar.
  • Mix in the eggs, sunflower oil and vanilla essence but do not beat.
  • Fold in the pecan nuts (or other nuts) and mashed banana using a fork. Do not beat.
  • Spoon into a lined 900g/2lbs loaf tin and bake in an over preheated to 180C/350F/gas mark4 for 50-60mins until the loaf is golden brown and springs back when prodded gently.
  • Leave in the tin for 10 minutes. Then turn out onto a wire rack.
  • Make a pot of tea, slice the banana bread and relax. We’re in the car and we’re on the way for a taste!



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recipe credit: Avoca cafe cookbook