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A fan of fruit loaves? Try this recipe that mixes up bananas, chocolate, sultanas, walnuts and an assortment of other ingredients. It’s bursting with flavour, texture and is super easy.


  • 40 g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed overripe banana
  • 1 cup (220 g) dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ cup (125 ml) buttermilk
  • ¼ cup (90 g) treacle
  • ½ cup (95 g) dark choc bits
  • ½ cup (80 g) sultanas
  • ¼ cup (45 g) seeded prunes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (110 g) walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1½ cup (225 g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 cup (150 g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp each ground nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves
  • 1 large piece overripe banana (230 g)

Preheat oven to 160 C. Grease 14 cm x 23 cm (5½ inch x 9¼ inch) loaf pan; line base and sides with baking paper.


Melt butter; cool. Lightly beat eggs in large bowl, stir in butter, mashed banana, sugar, buttermilk and treacle. Stir in choc bits, sultanas, prunes and half the nuts; stir in sifted flours, soda and spices.


Spread mixture into pan; cover pan with greased pleated foil. Bake 1 hour.


Meanwhile, slice banana thinly on an angle. Remove foil from loaf; top loaf with banana, sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake loaf about 1½ hours. Stand loaf in pan 10 mins, before turning, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.

You will need about 3 large overripe bananas for this recipe; mash 2 of them for enough mashed banana.


Photo: bauersyndication.com.au / Additional reporting: Cherrie Lim

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