Skint Dad’s Banana Bread Recipe

It’s not often that we have ripe bananas in my house. Chloe’s favourite food, after raisins, are bananas. We go through so many of the things that I’m surprised she doesn’t look more like a monkey. Well, she does look a bit like a little monkey to me.

Pretty much every time we go to the shop, one of us always picks up some bananas. It works well as it keeps our stock levels up and it avoids any type of terrible two’s tantrums, in the event we have to say “sorry Chloe, you can’t have a banana right now!”

This plan normally works quite well until last week when me and Skint Mum both popped to the shop separately, but didn’t tell each other we were going.

We were both trying to be helpful but with a little communication one of us didn’t need to go. So, we were unfortunately left with a few over ripe bananas this afternoon.

Avoiding any food waste, which is a waste of my precious money and leave another mark in the rubbish tip, I got my thinking cap on and whizzed up some Banana Bread.Banana Bread

Very easy recipe here. No need to sieve anything. Just the washing up is a chore.


200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
50g softened butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
3 very ripe bananas

Banana Bread -ingredients

A few easy steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and prepare a loaf tin but greasing with with a little butter.
  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork.
  3. Add flour, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, baking powder and egg, mixing it all in well.
  4. Pour the mixture into the buttered loaf tin.Banana Bread into-tin
  5. Bake for about 50 to 60 minutes.

You can check to see if it’s cooked by putting a skewer into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Otherwise pop it back in for a few minutes.Banana Bread -cooked

There are other quick and easy things to do with ripe bananas. We pop them into batter mix to make pancakes, thrown them in a blender with some juice and make a smoothie or pop them into custard for a yummy snack.

I shared on twitter that I made banana bread for our pudding tonight and had some suggestions:Banana Bread Twitter

There are loads if things that you can do with ripe bananas to stop food waste.

Tell with me what other things you do with your over ripe bananas?
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Ricky Willis is the Founder and Editor of the Skint Dad blog. As well as an avid money saver, writer and blogger, Ricky also enjoys dabbling with the technical side of blogging and will soon be launching a WordPress tips blog,

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  • manchesterflickchick

    Wow I’ve never even thought about bannana pancakes!

  • Anonymous

    Slice them and pop them in the freezer until frozen, whizz them up in a processor and add any flavourings (cocoa powder, nutella, honey) and it makes a nice soft type banana ice cream

  • Mrs Bargain Hunter

    We have banana loaf at least twice a month. The bananas at Aldi and now Morrisons are 68p per kilo, so we sometimes have 2-3 left a week.