Banana Bread recipe that is handy for the whole family

This recipe is really handy for the whole family and a treat for anyone that wants something nice after a training session on the GAA pitch or in the gym. This is the Avoca recipe but I try to make it slightly differently because I wouldn’t use 4oz of sugar, the bananas make it very sweet. I would reduce the amount of sugar to 2 oz or add in some ground almond instead. This recipe would also be great for kids and a loaf of this bread doesn’t last long in my house.



  • 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 oven 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.