Lunchbox banana bread

Lunchbox banana bread

Ah, banana bread! Is there anything more delicious!?

Over the years I've made many different banana bread recipes - some are more 'cakey', some need an electric mixer and multiple bowls, some are crumbly but all of them are equally delicious.

But I must say I've found the perfect banana bread recipe - it's a one-bowl-wonder, no electric mixers needed and it holds together really well so you can pop it in the toaster and it won't break! It's freezable and absolutely perfect for adding to lunchboxes. 

Here's what you need:

  • 1 cup mashed banana (4 small or 3 large ripe ones)
  • 1/2 cup (110g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 40g butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk (see note)
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
  • 1 1/2 (225g) cups plain flour
  • 1 cup (150g) cups self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice or cinnamin
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees / 160 degrees fan-forced. Grease and line a loaf pan
  2. Combine banana, sugar, eggs, butter, buttermilk and golden syrup in a large bowl
  3. Stir in sifted dry ingredients and mix until just combined
  4. Spoon mixture into prepared pan
  5. Bake for about 1 hour. Stand bread in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto wire rack to cool.
  6. Once cooled, slice to your desired thickness. Serve fresh or freeze individual slices in the freezer and add to your lunchbox when you need them.


  1. If you don't have buttermilk, simply use any milk of your choice with a teaspoon of vinegar and allow to 'sour' for a few minutes before using


Adapted from the Australian Women's Weekly Cookbooks

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