Banana and nut loaf

Banana and nut loaf

15 mins
Cooking time
60 mins
Ian Hofstetter

Buttermilk is great for baking. It not only adds flavour, but its acid content reacts with raising agents and can give baked products a lighter texture. If you don’t have any to hand in your fridge, use the same amount of orange juice or low-fat milk instead.


Quantity Ingredient
125g light margarine
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
1 cup bananas, mashed
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup mixed nuts of choice, chopped
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice


  1. Preheat the oven to moderate, 180ºC. Lightly grease a 10 x 20 cm loaf pan.
  2. Place the margarine and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until the mixture is pale brown and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. If you don’t have an electric mixer, cream the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
  3. Lightly fold in the flour, bananas, coconut, buttermilk, nuts, apricots and spice, until well combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 50–60 minutes until cooked when tested with a skewer. Do this by inserting the skewer into the centre of the loaf. If it comes out clean and dry the loaf is cooked. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve sliced plain or toasted.

Super ingredient: Buttermilk

  • Buttermilk with its thick, slightly acidic flavour is similar in food value to skim milk. It’s low in fat, a good source of protein and high in the minerals calcium and phosphorus. Traditionally it was the liquid drained from the churn as butter was being made. Today it is made by culturing skim milk and is more akin to yoghurt – and it’s pre-digested so it easier to digest for those with digestive troubles.
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