Mary Berry’s Banana Loaf

I always buy too many bananas with the intention of being healthy and eating them all, the good intention lasts about 36 hours and then I can’t be bothered with them.  So what do you do when you have old bananas in your fruit bowl? Bake a Banana Loaf of course!


In times of baking need there is only one person to turn to for a recipe… that’s right Mary Berry and her baking bible, or ‘Mury Bury’ as she sounds in my Northern Irish accent!  I have used several different recipes before, but most call for 3 bananas and I only have 2… but no fear – Mary comes up trumps!

Mary Berry’s Banana Loaf (Taken from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible)


100g Softened Butter
175g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
225g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tbsp. Milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4.
2. Lightly grease a 2lb loaf tin, then line the base and sides with baking parchment
3. Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat for about 2 minutes, until well blended
4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface
5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 1 hour, until well risen and golden brown.  A fine skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean if the loaf is ready.
6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out, peel of the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.


This was so easy to make and delicious, and there wasn’t much left of it by the time it was cooled on the rack!

(Picture credit: Annie Mole / Flickr)

175 Replies to “Mary Berry’s Banana Loaf”

  1. Delicious with a capital D. Super, simple recipe. I kept a close eye on it from an hour into cooking but mine took and hour and a quarter at 160c in my Miele fanplus oven. Soft and moist in the middle. Browned nicely and well risen on the outside. Husband much appreciative!

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  2. I just made it one hour ago and was brill my mummy helped me and I brought it in for my p7 teacher mrs Hackett she loved it she told me to write it out and give it too her so I am going to tomorrow. Luv ya Merry Berry she should be the queen of food xx


  3. Great easy recipe – made it to use up a bag of frozen bananas that I’d taken out of the freezer and forgot to put back in. I added a couple of handfuls of chopped chocolate because everything is better with chocolate! Really easy and quick so a big hit with me, delicious and healthy-ish so big hit with my boys!


  4. Well what can I say. Tha fact that the cake was scoffed the moment I turned it out onto the cooling rack! Yummy, delicious, omg this is so good and you know what I didn’t even get a piece to taste. Yes indeed it is an amazingly tasty cake. Made it again and the second time round I made sure I got to taste it. It’s now my family’s favourite Friday brunch cake. I live in the UAE so our weekend is Fri/Sat. Thank you for a lovely recipe.


  5. I loveeeee this recipe!!! Soo thanks for uploading, Ive baked it a few times now and it always goes down well with everyone! i personally perfered it with three bananas tho, also i added mixed spices and almond essence 🙂 and made a frosting for on top out of cream cheese icing sugar and a splash of lemmon juice 🙂 i used the same frosting for carrot cake its delious!


  6. Wow – love this! I have been using another recipe that has started going stodgy and horrible every time – now this one will be my new favourite!

    I left out the baking powder (I hate the taste!) and it rose perfectly and is very light, moist and delicious!

    I added in some coconut because I had some to use – and sprinkled some on the top – yum!!!

    Thanks for posting this 🙂


  7. I have made this cake many times. I make a butter cream icing for the top and cover it with crushed walnuts. It looks fab and it tastes fab !


  8. I have just made it again. This time with almond flour. Mainly because of gluten free folk I know who would like to try it. It’s still in the oven so will see how it turns out!


  9. Hello i have just made this but it has come out like a banana victoria sponge!! is this a banana loaf or supposed to be banana bread? It was tasty still though!! x


  10. I made this with Doves Farm Gluten Free Self-Raising Flour blend and Vitalite dairy free spread for my ‘Free-From’ DD and it was a roaring success. Light, fluffy and delicious!


    1. Hi Emma, its so tasty and it does freeze very well (well as long as any of it actually makes the freezer!!)


  11. First attempt at making a banana loaf… Oh how easy this was! It was so tasty that I am currently making another one 🙂


  12. I used other banana cake recipes but none compared with Mary Berry’s. It was so easy to make and tasted delicious. I would recommend this recipe every time


  13. I made this bread today and was amazed at how yummy it was, especially when I opened the microwave to find the butter I’d softened to go in it! So my version was fat free, and still delicious! I’ll be making it without the butter from now on lol


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