Light and fluffy banana bread

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I know eh? Banana bread isn’t known for being light and fluffy but I guarantee you that this recipe from the Guardian fits the bill! I’ve reduced the amount of sugar and it still tastes great!

I was surprised to find this article and that there was so much controversy around this sweet!


  • 4 medium size overriped bananas
  • 180 g flour
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 130g brown sugar
  • 60g of walnuts, coarsely chopped


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.

Step 2

Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork.

Step 3

Sift the dry ingredients into a small bowl. Set aside.

Step 4

Combine the eggs, sugar and butter and beat with a mixer until well blended. Add the mashed bananas and mix well.

Step 5

Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until the flour is blended in. Don't overfold as this can make the bread heavy and dense.

Step 6

Fold in the walnuts.

Step 7

Grease a loaf pan with butter. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.

Step 8

Bake for 1 hour or until the center is cooked. To test for doneness, stick a toothpick into the center and if it comes out clean, the bread is done.

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