Spiced banana bread Recipe

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Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time7 mins 5

Banana bread is a quick and simple recipe to make, perfect for a snack or afternoon tea.

If you're looking for a indulgent bite to go with your afternoon cup of tea, then try out this spiced banana bread recipe.

With rum, sultanas and cinnamon on the ingredients list, this recipe offers an interesting twist on the great British classic without loads of extra time and effort required. We're using the ripest of bananas in this recipe as well, to make sure that it gets that essential sweet finish in the cake that makes banana bread so unique.

For delicious banana bread that comes out perfectly every time, try this sumptuous spiced banana bread recipe.

More twists on great classics can be found with our selection of the best cake recipes. Or check out other tasty banana bread recipe, like this chocolate chip and brazil nut banana bread.


  • 100g (4oz) sultanas
  • 50ml (2fl oz) rum
  • 185g (6½oz) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarb
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 125g (4½oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g (5oz) light soft brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 small very ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 175ml (6fl oz) double cream
  • 40g (1½oz) unsalted butter
  • 200g (7oz) Green Blacks maya chocolate, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp edible gold glitter to dust


  1. In a small pan pour the rum over the sultanas and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and leave to soak.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/325F/Gas 3. Place flour, baking powder, bicarb, salt and cinnamon in large bowl and combine well.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the butter and sugar and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one beating well after each addition. Then stir through the mashed bananas, sultanas & rum and the vanilla extract.
  4. Fold in the flour and pour into a 900g (2lb) loaf tin. Bake for 1-1¼ hours until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  5. To make the icing heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan to just boiling then take off the heat. Add the finely chopped chocolate and leave for 5 minutes to melt before gently stirring into the cream. Leave to cool and thicken slightly before pouring over the cooled cake and sprinkling with edible gold glitter.
Top Tip for making Spiced banana bread

If you are making this for kids top with milk chocolate and scatter with dried banana rounds

Grace Walsh

Grace Walsh is a Features Writer for Goodto, covering everything in the world of food, health, and fitness, relationships, and family. Grace graduated from the University of Warwick in 2019 with a degree in Classical Civilisation and Italian, with a year spent living in Rome. This was where she discovered everything there is to love about cooking and food. During her studies, Grace was involved in both the student newspaper and radio station at Warwick. Writing about the issues affecting students and speaking about current affairs on her radio show, she quickly discovered that Features was where she wanted to be. Along with Goodto, Grace has also written for Woman&Home, Cosmopolitan UK and culture magazine, The Upcoming