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Spiced Choc Chip Banana Loaf Recipe

Spiced Choc Chip Banana Loaf Cake

Banana loaf with chocolate chips makes a totally delicious cake. But adding a few pinches of ginger and cinnamon takes this lovely cake to a whole new level. The gentle warmth of the spices bring hints of sunnier climes - close your eyes and be transported further East.

The amount of chocolate chips you add is up to you; likewise, you can choose between dark or milk chocolate. Our preference is dark chocolate as we like the way it pairs with the spices. Eat in the morning with coffee or enjoy in the afternoon with a pot of tea. Your friends will be impressed.

Spiced Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf Cake

A choc chip banana loaf cake subtly spiced with ginger and cinnamon.

Gives: 8-10 slices


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8oz/225g wholemeal plain flour
4tsp baking powder
4oz/110g dark brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
4oz/110g butter
1lb/450g bananas, mashed with a fork (approx 3-4; weight is with skin)
2 eggs, beaten
2-4oz/50-110g dark chocolate chips or chunks

Equipment: a 2lb loaf tin (approx 23cm x 13cm x 7cm)


1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C, Fan 150 degrees C, gas mark 4 or 350 degrees F.

2. Line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper or a ready-shaped loaf tin liner.

3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar and spices. Mix well and break up any sugar lumps.

Ground ginger and ground cinnammon

4. Put the butter or margarine in the bowl. Use the rubbing-in method to rub the butter into the dry ingredients. (See our article on the rubbing-in method for help with this.) You will end up with something that looks a bit like fine breadcrumbs.

5. Fold in the mashed banana and beaten eggs, then the choc chips.

Spiced Choc Chip Banana Loaf Mixture

6. Put the batter-like mixture into your pre-lined loaf tin.

Spiced Choc Chip Banana Loaf ready for the oven

7. Bake for approximately 1 hour. You may wish to test with a skewer after about 55 minutes if the cake looks cooked - the skewer should come out clean.

baked Spiced Choc Chip Banana Loaf Recipe

8. Cool the baked cake on a wire baking rack.

9. Serve and enjoy.

Spiced Choc Chip banana loaf cake to enjoy

10. This cake keeps well in an airtight tin for up to a week and freezes well.