21 Apr 2013

banana oat bread

Banana cake is a cosy old-fashioned favourite, yet it's been a long time since I baked one. Such a long time that it has been re-branded as banana 'bread'. Or is banana bread truly distinct from banana cake? I'm always skeptical, but I have to say, this dense loaf is more bread-like than cake-like, and a thick slice suits a good smear of butter.

Mum first made this, and I loved its chewiness so much I got the recipe from her. I go quite soft at the idea that this is a Merle-from-the-CWA endorsed recipe. So it may be this new-fangled banana bread thing, but it's sort of blessed with a heart-warming and reassuring familiarity.
I love how the spotted bananas match this old Doulton pattern

Banana oat bread
Adapted from An Uncle Toby's ad which features a pic of Merle-from-the-CWA. This recipe is for my friend B and her family. 
  • Preheat your oven to 180 and prep a 14cm by 22cm loaf tin.
  • In your food processor, whiz up 3 very ripe bananas.
  • Then add a 185ml tin of light evaporated milk (I used Carnation brand's 'light and creamy'; I have no idea if there are other brands), 3/4 cup light brown sugar and 2 large eggs. Whiz til smooth.
  • Transfer to a large mixing bowl, then fold thru 2 cups of SR flour and 1/2 cup rolled oats.
  • Pour into your loaf tin and bake for about 55 minutes or until done. You may need to cover with foil towards the end to avoid excessive browning.
  • Enjoy warm with butter and a mug of tea; it's also a treat with a big dollop of natural yoghurt and a drizzle of golden syrup on top.


  1. This looks delicious e. I grew up on good old, plain banana cake too...when did it become banana bread? I love your suggestion of yoghurt and golden syrup too :)

    1. I'm glad i'm not the only one that thinks this jane!
      The yoghurt and golden syrup turns banana bread into banana pudding :-)

  2. This recipe looks good. Most banana cake recipes contain oil, and whenever I make them, they come out like bricks. I might give this one a go - it looks like a healthy and yummy lunchbox treat. And easy! I'll let you know if I manage to avoid my usual brick trick!

    1. oh dear! this was denser and chewier than previous banana cakes i've made, jo, but i wouldn't call it a brick by any means. i think it would make a great lunchbox treat.

  3. Yum! Great Pic...looks scrumptious. Good to see you are enjoying the creative aspect to all things delicious.

    1. hello SB, and thank you! matching the plate with the bananas was quite accidental but turned out well :-)


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