Festive Banana Bread

Finally! It’s the time of the year when everything you make, bake or decorate has to have a festive twist! It has also been a busy week of Christmas parties and lunches, so our pantry and fridge has been abandoned a little. My Bananas were on their last few days of survival, so I needed to make something quick! Here is a really easy recipe for a festive Banana Loaf.


  • 100g Softened Butter
  • 120g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 100-170g chopped walnuts
  • 1 Handful cocoa nibs or choc chips (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • splash of milk
  • 6 cubes dark chocolate (for decoration)
  • icing sugar (for decoration)

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Lets bake!

  1. Heat the oven to 180. Generously grease a loaf tin.
  2. In a bowl measure the baking powder, walnuts, spices, cocoa nibs, cocoa and flour. In a separate bowl mash the bananas and set aside.Photo 10-12-2017, 18 14 28
  3. In a large bowl cream together the sugar and butter to a soft ball consistency then mix in the egg. Photo 10-12-2017, 18 13 41
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet (including the banana), when just combined pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15. When a skewer is inserted it should come out clean or with a cake like residue (not completely wet).
  5. Cover with tin foil and leave to cool for 20 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To decorate, I melted down the dark chocolate pieces and drizzled over the loaf. Then dusted with icing sugar and drizzled with chocolate again.

I love the marbled effect you get from the contrast of cocoa and walnuts. Enjoy and do let me know your thoughts as always!



5 Comments Add yours

  1. kadynomlid says:

    I love banana bread! My mother has been making it for years 😍

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    1. emma_foods says:

      Yes me too! I’m glad you enjoyed the page. Do let me know if you decide to follow the recipe 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kadynomlid says:

        I’m definitely saving it!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. So yum! Looks absolutely divine! I will need to try it out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. emma_foods says:

      Thank you very much! Please do and let me know your thoughts 🥂

      Liked by 1 person

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