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The origin of banana bread

Banana bread’s origin is not a cut and dry story. Some believe that the recipe originated because of a need to do something with ripe bananas instead of throwing them away. Others believe that the banana bread recipe originally came from a marketing drive to promote baking powder and bicarbonate of soda!

That said, India is the biggest producer of bananas with China producing just over a third of India’s production volume. Indonesia is the third biggest banana producer in the world.

Whatever the origin, today we enjoy banana bread to the delight of many a guest at an afternoon tea party.

Banana Bread Recipe Travel and Home baking bread banana loaf travel and home

Course: breakfast, tea party

Baking Time: 60 minutes




  • 180 g clover butter
  • 300 ml castor sugar
  • 5 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 600 ml cake flour
  • 7,5 ml baking powder
  • 1 ml salt (2 pinches)
  • 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 100 ml milk
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 100 ml pecan nuts (chopped)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Work in the mashed bananas.
  4. Add the lightly beaten eggs alternately with sifted flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the milk and add to the mixture.
  6. Add the vanilla essence and the nuts.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Bake in two lined greased bread tins at 180°C for 60 minutes.
  9. Turn out and cool.
    Serve sliced and buttered.

Chef’s Tips: You can replace the pecan nuts with almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts.

The nutrition facts for 1 medium-sized banana (100 grams)

  • Calories: 89
  • Water: 75%
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Carbs: 22.8 g
  • Sugar: 12.2 g
  • Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Fat: 0.3 g

Vitamins and minerals

  • Potassium. Bananas are a good source of potassium. A diet high in potassium can lower blood pressure in people with elevated levels and benefits heart health.
  • Vitamin B6. Bananas are high in vitamin B6. One medium-sized banana can provide up to 33% of the Daily Value (DV) of this vitamin.
  • Vitamin C. Like most fruit, bananas are a good source of vitamin C.

Nutritional information sourced from Healthline.