Easy One-Bowl Banana Cake with Walnuts

I am all about having Autumn cakes in the afternoon in the lazy sun after an afternoon in the kitchen.

I am not much of a baker so when I do bake I need my cakes to be quick and easy and ‘faff’ free – THIS is exactly that sort of cake.

The batter comes together in one bowl and you can have a cake from start to finish in under 1 hour – I call that bliss.

The cake keeps well in the cupboard, well wrapped in plastic and can also be frozen either pre-sliced or whole.

If you are looking for a GLUTEN-FREE BANANA LOAF, I have two wonderful recipes on my site:

  • Banana Cake no 1 with walnuts (here)
  • Banana Cake no 2 with almond flour (here)

Easy One-Bowl Banana Cake

I am all about enjoying Autumn tea cakes in the lazy afternoon sun with a cup of tea after a day in the kitchen. This quick & easy Banana Bread can be ready in 50 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 Loaves or 1 large one


  • 2 10 x 20cm Loaf tins OR 1 l medium loaf tin (26cm)


  • 4 medium sized ripe bananas mashed (400g)
  • 125 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup flaked almonds for the topping


  • Preheat your oven to 180c & line your loaf tins (or medium tin) with non-stick baking paper (not wax paper)
  • Place the mashed banana in a large bowl, add the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla and mix to combine
  • Add the cinnamon, walnuts and flour, fold until just combined, don't overmix
  • Pour the banana mixture into the tins, top with the flaked almonds
  • Bake for 40 minutes until golden and baked through keeping in mind that two smaller cakes will cook faster than one large one. To test if it’s done, insert a sharp knife or cake skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean it’s done.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes before carefully lifting the cakes (warm cakes are fragile) with the baking paper still on out of the tins and place on a wire rack to cool completely - Enjoy!
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