AR’s BBB – Best Banana Bread

We aren’t kidding. This is the BBB because it’s soooooo easy to make, turns out perfect every time and tastes incredibly delicious. We use a hand-held electric beater, if you don’t have an electric mixer you can make it by hand, it will need a bit of bicep work but it’s doable. We have suggested a few options so that you can adjust the recipe to suit your taste and likes.

Eat cold or better still toast it to melt the choc chips just a little more. YUM! Guaranteed to please EVERYONE! Plus, you can freeze the cooked BBB for later use and it’s just as delicious, although you’ll have to be quick to store it before it all gets eaten.

Time: Make time - 15 / 20 minutes; cook time – 45 /50 mins.
Serves: It makes 3 small loaves or 2 standard loaf size.


4-5 medium sized ripe bananas
120 g butter
1 cup soft brown or white sugar
1 cup milk (we like buttermilk as it really adds to the taste of the BBB. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use regular milk with a tbsp lemon juice. We haven’t tried almond or oat milk variations yet, but let us know if you do and what you think)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup almond meal
2 cups plain flour or wholemeal flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda)
1 cup small choc chips (we love Sweet William choc chips but Cadbury or Nestle taste great also)
½ cup of walnuts
2 tbsp chia seeds

Optional additions: 1-2 tbsp sunflower seeds and/or ¼ cup raspberries or blueberries.


Step 1: Set the oven to 180C; fan-forced mode for even cooking.

Step 2: Line the loaf tins (3 small or 2 large) with a strip of greaseproof paper to help remove the loaves from the tin.

Step 3: Chop the nuts.

Step 4: Peel and roughly break the bananas into small pieces. Use the whisk until the bananas are mashed smooth. You can do this by hand it just takes longer. Stand the mashed bananas to one side.

Step 5: Cream the butter and sugar for a few minutes.

Step 6: Add the eggs and beat slightly before mixing the milk and vanilla essence into the cream and sugar mix.

Step 7: Still using the whisk, add the flour and almond meal and mix until you have a thick batter consistency.

Step 8: Using a spoon fold the choc chips, nuts and chia seeds (and any of the optional extras) into the batter. Leave a few chia seeds and nuts for decoration.

Step 9: Spoon the batter into the loaf tins. Gently tap the tin on the surface to settle the mix evenly. Sprinkle the saved nuts and chia seeds on the top for decor.

Step 10. Bake for approx. 45-50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. We generally test the BBB at the 40-minute mark, especially if using the smaller tins. We’ve found with our oven it’s pretty consistent at 45 minutes, but yours may take slightly less or slightly more.

Step 11: Leave the BBB to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes then using the greaseproof paper strips lift the BBB and place of a cooling rack.


 Much love from the Akia Rose Activewear team xx