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My super simple and cheap banana bread recipe

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Recently I had a day at home where I had lots of time on my hands. I gave the fridge a bit of a clean and when doing so I saw some sad, brown bananas. Usually, I would blend these up in my Nutribullet for my daughter Daisy. However, this time I decided to make this cheap banana bread recipe instead!

We had company coming for dinner and I knew a slice of this would be a lovely dessert. Anyway, here is my banana bread recipe.

It is cheap and it takes just a few minutes to make and throw in the oven. Skip right near the end if you want a printable recipe for my cheap banana bread.

A look at the finished banana bread in the loaf tin liner

Ingredients for banana bread with plain flour:

3 bananas

1 egg

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

5 tablespoons of milk (I used semi-skimmed)

5 tablespoons of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

350g of plain flour

Cooked chocolate chip muffins in a baking tray with text overlay that says ultimate chocolate chip muffins

Method for my banana bread recipe

Firstly I combined the bananas (which I mashed), egg, vegetable oil and milk.

A look at the wet ingredients once mixed for the cheap banana bread

In a separate bowl, I combined the sugar, salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and plain flour.

A look at the wet and dry ingredients for the cheap banana bread

Then I combined the ingredients. I needed to work quite hard to make the wet mixture cover all of the dry ingredients. However, it did. Just.

Anyway, once combined I poured into a loaf tin, with a liner inside. If you don’t want to use a liner then you should be fine if you spray the inside of the tin with cake release or rub a little butter or oil around.

A look at the banana bread mixture before it goes in the oven

Bake at gas mark 5 (190C) for 40 – 45 minutes. I checked after 40 minutes, using a cake tester, and it was ready. Obviously this depends on your oven. I could have got away with taking it out a couple of minutes before but I was busy with Daisy – such is the life.

A glass jar filled with caramel sauce and a brushed aluminium teaspoon sits above a heart shaped ramekin filled with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce. It is set against a yellow backdrop.

Topping ideas:


Dusting of icing sugar with a little cinnamon or cocoa powder

Chocolate ganache

Popping some banana slices on midway through the cooking is always a fun idea too, or even just some fresh berries on top of the icing.

Chocolate chip banana muffins on wooden serving trays on a woven brown serving tray with handles. There is a blue napkin and a rose gold fork

How to make my cheap banana bread recipe:

banana bread recipe

Course Dessert
Keyword banana, bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 195 kcal
Author Katykicker


  • 3 bananas
  • 1 egg free-range
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 5 tbsps milk semi-skimmed
  • 5 tbsps sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 350 g plain flour


  1. Mash the bananas. Add the egg, vegetable oil and milk.

  2. In a separate bowl combine the sugar, salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and plain flour.

  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. 

  4. Spray your loaf tin, or use a loaf tin liner. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin.

  5. Bake at gas mark 5 (190g) for 40-45 minutes. I check after 40 minutes, using a cake tester, and mine was ready. 

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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I have made a super cheap, delicious and fast banana bread. It is ready to go in the oven in under 5 minutes and super tasty too!
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