Banana bread

Banana bread

This banana bread recipe is not just a great way of using up those overripe bananas, its amazing. Super easy to make, it’s perfect for a lazy Sunday morning with a cup of hot tea or whenever the cravings hit.

Banana bread loaf

Banana bread makes me think of Koko Mantsha from Skeem Saam. I love how she almost always have a freshly baked loaf to offer to her visitors especially Celia, makes me wanna join them but since we can’t here is my recipe

Baking powder vs baking soda/bicarbonate of soda?

baking powder vs baking soda

While both are leavening agents baking soda which is also known as bicarbonate of soda can achieve a lighter and softer texture than baking powder but it also has a ‘tangy’ taste that is not desirable, if too much is used. Baking powder, on the other hand, contains baking soda and a weak acid is mild tasting is but not strong enough to leaven/raise dough the same way as baking soda hence 1/2 of each in this recipe

This recipe has just enough baking soda/bicarbonate of soda to not overpower the bananas and make it soda bread. It’s super soft and just perfect with some butter.

sliced banana bread

Banana bread

Easy, delicious and super moist banana bread
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread
Servings: 4


  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • cup margarine/butter
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celcius and grease a loaf pan
  • In a bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda until well combined and in another bowl mash the bananas, add the melted margarine, eggs and mix well
  • Add the dry ingredients(flour mixture) and mix well to form a thick batter
  • Pour the batter into a pan and if you are garnishing with a banana slit the banana and press it into the dough
  • Bake for 60-70 mins or until an inserted skewer comes out clean

banana bread ingredients
the ingredients
banana bread mixed batter/ dough
roughly mixed dough/batter
banana bread mixed batter/ dough
ready for the oven

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