Banana Bread

Banana Bread is a lovely recipe from Annabel Karmel’s book “100 Family Meals”. “Best ever banana bread” is wonderfully moist and great for breakfast and lunchboxes. Even better “Picky Middle Child” loves this!

Bananas are a healthy “superfood” they¬†are full of potassium which is great for regulating blood pressure and protecting the cardiovascular system from heart attack and stroke. They also contain¬†fructooligosaccharides which are prebiotics that encourage more friendly bacteria in the gut. Plus bananas provide tryptophan, serotonin and norepinephrine, which help prevent depression while encouraging feelings of well-being and relaxation. In addition, the vitamin B6 in bananas helps protect against sleeplessness, mood swings and irritability.


100g butter

100g brown sugar

1 egg

450g bananas, mashed

3 tbsp yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla essence

225g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

100g raisins (optional)

40g pecans/walnuts (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c, grease and line a loaf tin.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy then add the egg and beat again. Add the mashed bananas, yoghurt and vanilla essence.
  3. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt and beat gradually into the banana mixture. Stir in the raisins and nuts if using.
  4. Bake for about 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  5. Enjoy!



My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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