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One Pan Banana Loaf Recipe for Breadmaker

Banana Loaf in A Breadmaker

If you own a breadmaker, you'll know what a magic gadget it is. Fresh loaves to rival any professional baker's are yours at the press of a button. Not to mention the smell of home-made bread wafting through the house and impressing the visitors. However, many models have a bake-only function and we think the resultant cake-making abilities are often overlooked, particularly when it comes to loaf cakes.

The breadmaker's small size means it is cheap to run so you could easily make up our signature banana loaf recipe, line the breadmaker's bucket, pour in the mixture and bake it with delicious results. However, we have taken the gadget one stage further and got it to do our mixing as well.

The sheer delight of the convenience of mixing and baking in one pan makes this recipe a huge winner for us - in a busy family kitchen anything that saves us time and money is celebrated! The sugars in the mixture will react to direct exposure to the heat of the pan creating a darker, crisper crust than with our oven-baked recipe- delicious, particularly when served warm as a pudding - see our article on Banana Loaf as a Pudding for more inspiration.

One-Pan Banana Loaf in a Bread Maker

Get your bread maker to do all the work. An easy and delicious banana loaf/banana bread. Happy Baking!

Gives: 8-10 slices


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8oz/225g wholemeal plain flour
4tsp baking powder
4oz/110g dark brown sugar
4oz/110g butter or margarine
1lb/450g bananas, mashed with a fork (approx 3-4; weight is with skin)
2 eggs, beaten
4oz/110g raisins


A Breadmaker with bake-only function and non-stick bucket.

Please note, many breadmakers recommend lining your bucket when using the bake-only function. This recipe involves going against this advice. You must do this at your own risk. takes no responsibility for your choice to follow this recipe.


1. Melt the butter - either in a saucepan or in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds depending on the microwave power.

2. Add this and all the other ingredients except the raisins to the breadmaker bucket with paddle inserted.

3. Put the bucket into the bread maker and choose a function that will immediately mix the ingredients. For some bread machines, the best function is the dough setting. If you have a pizza dough setting, this is usually even better. You need a function that does not have a rest portion but goes straight into mixing.

Banana loaf ingredients in breadmaker bucket

4. Let the bread maker mix the ingredients for approximately 3 minutes then press Stop.

5. Using a rubber or silicone spatula, scrape around the inside of the bucket and into the bottom to ensure nothing has been left out of the mixing process.

6. Set the bread machine to mix the ingredients for another 2 minutes then press Stop.

7. Scrape around the bucket with the spatula again, add the raisins and mix for another 30 seconds or so until the raisins are mixed in then press Stop.

banana loaf mixture in bread maker bucket

8. The result should look like a thick batter.

9. Set your breadmaker to the Bake or Bake-Only setting. If you have a crust option, you may wish to set this to Light. Select the baking time. This will vary from machine to machine but start with 45 minutes.

10. When the machine beeps, open the machine slowly and see how your loaf is doing. Be very careful as everything in the machine is hot. The top should have risen slightly and a skewer inserted into the cake should come out clean.

11. If there is still batter on the skewer, gently close the lid and continue to bake for 5 or 10 minute increments until the loaf is done. In our breadmaker this takes 1 hr 10. Others take only 45 minutes.

one-pan banana loaf made in a bread machine

12. Once you are satisfied the loaf is done, stop the machine and remove the bucket using oven gloves and place it on a heat proof surface. Allow the bucket to cool for approximately 5 minutes. As the loaf cools, it will shrink slightly and will be easier to shake out from the bucket.

13. Tip out the loaf. If the cake is stuck in the bucket, loosen it from the sides of the bucket using a non-stick spatula.

14. Cool on a wire rack (or eat warm!).

15. Slice and serve with or without butter. Also delicious as a pudding with ice cream!

warm banana loaf with ice cream

16. Will keep for several days in an airtight tin.