Chris Morrison's Banana Bread

Bananas are a ‘super-food’ – look at all those athletes that are constantly munching on them when they get the chance. Banana bread is a good way of varying the way in which you eat them – great for lunchboxes, afternoon tea, morning coffee, a midnight snack, pudding…..


285g/10oz plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
110g butter, plus extra for greasing
215g caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
85ml buttermilk or natural unflavoured yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon (*optional)


Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4 and grease a medium-sized loaf tin (20cm x 12.5cm should do the job)
Sift the dry ingredients together (flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon if you fancy) into a large mixing bowl.
Grab a separate bowl, and cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Mix in the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture. Fold this into the dry mixture.
Pour the mixture into the greased tin and pop in the oven. Bake for an hour, or until golden-brown and its risen well.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool in the tin for a couple of mins and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool before serving.