Break Bread: Banana-Mania

Melina Zachariou shares her take on a banana bread recipe that’s simple and easy to make… Perfect as treat for the family, or pair it up with your favourite brew for that ‘me time’ moment!

Among the huge trends keeping the internet occupied, the world seemed to have gone a bit mad for banana bread. Everyone was baking it until it became a word worthy of being banned. Well have I got a treat for you. I have tried and tested so many different variations of banana bread that just ended up tasting the same; until I came across a different kind of banana delight. Sleeping away in one of my cookbooks on the shelf was a recipe for a seeded whole-wheat banana bread which, once baked, will quite frankly become impossible not to eat all at once. 

Melina’s take on Banana Mania… Simple and easy to make!

The book in question is called Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt and I have made a few adjustments according to my preference (and mainly because I had some delicious cupboard leftovers that deserved to be eaten and some ingredients which were not to hand), but have kept the recipe very close to the original. I shan’t leave you hanging on a moment more. Enjoy!

Seeded whole-wheat banana bread


½ cup olive oil

1½ cups whole-wheat flour

2 tsps sesame seeds

⅔ cup caster sugar

1tbsp granulated sugar

2tsps baking powder

½ tsp flakey salt

3 large bananas, mashed

1 large banana, sliced for decoration (optional)

2 large, room temperature eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

1 cup trail mix of choice*

Mix equal amounts of the following in a jar: desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, chocolate chips of various flavours, Scottish oats, dried goji berries, pumpkin seeds, chopped hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts.

  • Preheat the oven to 175℃. Prep and grease whichever baking pan you want with butter, oil, flour or baking paper.
  • In a small bowl mix the 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds and granulated sugar. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs then add the banana, eggs, oil, caster sugar and vanilla.
  • To that bowl, fold in the flour, baking powder and salt in parts to get everything evenly mixed.
  • Add the trail mix and gently combine.
  • Pour into your prepared tin and decorate the top with sliced bananas. Take your sesame seed mix and scatter generously across the top (or you could sprinkle more trail mix alongside the sugar and drizzle honey over for extra crunch).
  • Bake for 55 minutes and wait for the bread to cool before slicing and enjoying with a thick layer of butter or whatever spread you prefer.
  • Enjoy!

Real Bread Week takes place from 20th – 28th February… Let us know if you’d like to see some more bread inspired recipes!

Written by Melina Zachariou |

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