Banana Bread | Cafe-Style

A delicious and moist cafe-style banana bread recipe that takes just 5 minutes to make. The perfect way to use up ripe bananas!

Slices of banana loaf on a blue tea towel.

Do you want to know what one of my absolute favourite baking recipes is??! This one bowl, cafe-style banana bread!

This recipe, plus my favourite chocolate chip cookies, vanilla cupcakes and homemade muesli bars would round up my regular baking list.

Trust me… this banana loaf is so good, it will be on high rotation in your house soon too!

A rectangular banana bread loaf on a blue tea towel.

Cafe-Style Banana Bread

Do you want to recreate your favourite cafe-style banana loaf at home?

Are you sick of dry and flavourless banana bread?

This is the recipe for you!!

Think… a crunchy sugar crusted topping over a super moist, buttery and banana-filled bread. This is the ULTIMATE banana bread recipe.

A close up of a loaf of banana bread on a blue tea towel.

Why You’re Going To Love This Recipe

There’s a million reasons why you’re going to love my banana bread… here’s just a few of it’s amazing reviews…

“Every time i make banana bread I just grab a different recipe, its a pretty hit and miss method. But I have now just saved this recipe. It was fantastic, Great flavour, great density. I wont risk making just any recipe again!”

I hate cooking, but was craving banana bread. Made it tonight. Super easy. Great taste. I need to make another one tomorrow as it’s all gone! Lol. Best recipe ever!

Love this recipe, it was basically inhaled by both my sons.

First time ever an internet recipe worked so perfectly. My family love it.

Do you need even more convincing?

  1. One Bowl – this entire recipe is made in just one bowl. Hello to hardly any washing up (and who doesn’t hate doing dishes!)
  2. Budget Recipe – all of the ingredients are pantry and fridge staples which means no extra trips to the supermarket… and no fancy or expensive ingredients
  3. Super Moist Recipe – my recipe uses 4 bananas (more than most recipes) which makes the banana bread incredibly moist!
  4. Freezer Friendly – make this recipe ahead of time and freeze for up to 3 months for a quick ‘grab and go’ or lunchbox snack.
Slices of banana bread on a blue tea towel.

What You Need

If you’re after a delicious recipe that wont break the bank, my banana bread recipe is just what you need.

  • butter – use unsalted butter or omit the extra pinch of salt if using salted butter
  • brown sugar – either light or dark brown sugar can be used in this recipe. Darker brown sugar will result in a richer and more caramel-flavoured banana bread.
  • bananas – my banana bread recipe uses 4 bananas (more than most recipes). This makes the banana bread extra moist.
  • eggs – use large eggs (approximately 55-60g each)
  • plain flour
  • bi-carbonate soda – also known as baking soda
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
The ingredients for homemade banana bread.

How To Make Banana Bread

Have you got a spare 5 minutes and one bowl? Let’s go!

Note: Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the ingredients quantities and full detailed method.

Step 1 – Cream The Butter And Sugar

Use hand-held beaters, a stand mixer, a wooden spoon or a Thermomix to cream the butter, softened to room temperature, and brown sugar until pale and creamy.

Butter and brown sugar in a glass bowl.
Creamed butter and sugar in a glass bowl

Step 2 – Add The Mashed Banana And Eggs

Add the mashed bananas and eggs and continue to mix until well combined.

Eggs and mashed banana on a creamed butter and sugar mixture.
Creamed butter sugar and mashed banana in a glass bowl.

Step 3 – Mix Through The Remaining Ingredients

Sift the plain flour and bi-carbonate soda into the mixture and then add the salt and vanilla extract. Fold through gently with a spoon until just combined.

Flour and salt sifted on top of creamed butter, sugar and banana mixture
Banana bread mixture in a glass bowl.

Step 4 – Pour Into A Baking Tin

Pour the mixture into a greased 21cm X 11cm (8 X 4.5 inch) baking tin and sprinkle with a little raw sugar. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean or with just a few crumbs. If you notice that your bread is over-browning, simply place a sheet of foil loosely over the top and continue baking until cooked through.

Banana bread mixture in a rectangular baking tin.

Banana Bread Variations

This is such a versatile recipe. Here’s a few of my favourite variations to the classic version:

A piece of banana bread on a white and blue striped plate.

Recipe Tips & FAQ

Is this banana bread moist?

This is the most deliciously moist recipe!!! It’s made using FOUR bananas and 2 eggs which keeps it super moist. Forget about dry banana bread – this is the recipe you need!

How do you get that crunchy cafe-style top?

Simply sprinkle a little raw sugar over the top of the loaf before baking. The raw granulated sugar becomes crunchy and extra sweet when baked.

How do I know if it’s cooked?

Insert a skewer into the middle of the loaf. If it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs, it’s cooked.

How do I stop my bread from over-browning?

If you notice that your bread is browning too quickly (it happens… all ovens are so different), simply place a sheet of foil loosely over the top and continue cooking.

Can this be made into banana muffins?

Yes absolutely! But check our my famous banana muffins recipe too… you’re going to LOVE them!

Can I use a cake tin instead of a loaf tin?

Yes absolutely! You can use a small 20cm round or square cake tin in place of the loaf tin.

How long can you store banana bread?

This recipe can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

How do you freeze this recipe?

This can be frozen in slices wrapped in plastic wrap or foil and then placed in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost at room temperature before serving.

Slices of banana bread on a blue and white plate.
Two pieces of banana bread on a blue and white plate.

More Recipes For Using Up Ripe Bananas

Have you got some super ripe bananas in your fruit bowl? From muffins to cakes, breads to blondies and so much more, these are the recipes for you…!

A collage of muffins, cakes and breads made using banana.

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Slices of banana loaf on a blue tea towel.

Cafe Style Banana Bread

A delicious one-bowl banana bread that is so quick and easy to prepare!
5 from 56 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: breads and loaves
Cuisine: western
Keyword: banana bread
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 16 serves
Calories: 187kcal

Ingredients

  • 120 g unsalted butter softened
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 4 bananas mashed, see notes
  • 2 eggs
  • 225 g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tsp bi-carbonate of soda also known as baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius fan-forced (or 170 degrees non fan-forced). Grease a non-stick loaf tin (approximately 21cm X 11cm or 8 inch X 4.5 inch). See notes.
  • Place the softened butter and brown sugar into a bowl. Beat with a stand mixer or hand-held beaters for 2 minutes or until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the mashed banana and the eggs to the creamed butter mixture. Beat for 30 seconds or until well combined.
  • Sift the plain flour and bi-carbonate soda (baking soda) into the bowl.
  • Add the salt and vanilla extract and fold together with a spoon.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Sprinkle a little raw sugar over the top (optional).
  • Cook for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean or with a few crumbs.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius fan-forced (or 170 degrees non fan-forced). Grease a non-stick loaf tin (approximately 21cm X 11cm or 8 inch X 4.5 inch). See notes.
  • Place the softened butter and brown sugar into the Thermomix bowl. Mix for 20 seconds, Speed 4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat for a further 20 seconds.
  • Add the bananas and mix for 5 seconds, Speed 5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the eggs and mix for 5 seconds, Speed 5.
  • Add the plain flour, bi-carbonate soda, salt and vanilla extract and mix for 5 seconds, Speed 5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat for a further 5 seconds.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Sprinkle a little raw sugar over the top (optional).
  • Cook for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean or with a few crumbs.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Ingredients Info: 
  • butter – use unsalted butter or omit the extra pinch of salt if using salted butter
  • brown sugar – either light or dark brown sugar can be used in this recipe. Darker brown sugar will result in a richer and more caramel-flavoured banana bread.
  • bananas – my banana bread recipe uses 4 bananas (more than most recipes). This makes the banana bread extra moist.
  • eggs – use large eggs (approximately 55-60g each)
  • bi-carbonate soda – also known as baking soda
More Recipe Tips:
Moist recipe – My recipe is made using FOUR bananas and 2 eggs which keeps it super moist.
Crunchy cafe-style top – sprinkle a little raw sugar over the top of the loaf before baking. The raw granulated sugar becomes crunchy and extra sweet when baked.
Testing to see if it’s cooked – insert a skewer into the middle of the loaf. If it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs, it’s cooked.
Avoiding over-browning – if you notice that your banana bread is browning too quickly (it happens… all ovens are so different), simply place a sheet of foil loosely over the top and continue cooking.
Storing – banana bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Freezing – banana bread can be frozen in slices wrapped in plastic wrap or foil and then placed in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost at room temperature before consuming.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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168 Comments
  1. Naomi says:

    5 stars
    Without a doubt, the best banana bread recipe!
    I used to chop and change between banana bread recipes but not now that I’ve found this one. I’ve made it for 3 weeks straight and it has been perfect every time, even when I only had 3 bananas.
    There should however be a warning… it’s ADDICTIVE!

    1. Lucy says:

      Thank you so much!!!! You have made my day!

  2. Sarah Brownlee says:

    This looks delicious!Would you be able to tell me roughly how much 4 bananas weigh as I only have frozen chopped up bananas.

    Thanks Sarah

    1. Lucy says:

      Sure thing! Around 480g 🙂

  3. Sam says:

    5 stars
    The best banana bread I have ever tasted!

    1. Lucy says:

      Thank you so much!!!!

  4. Kylee says:

    Could you use self raising flour instead of plain.?

    1. Lucy says:

      Absolutely – but omit the bi-carbonate of soda 🙂

  5. Kim Mayne says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious as well as easy. Never a fan of Banana Bread I have had to revise my opinion.

    1. Lucy says:

      That’s wonderful!

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