Spiced Banana Bread | Food Diaries

Spiced Banana Bread

It's winter here, to cope with my love for warmth, I made this spiced banana bread. To my surprise, it actually lifted my dull spirits. Spiced anything is my favorite for cold winter days. It's really simple and the kick is in the slight amount of twist that I put in the form of spices to the regular banana bread.

In my opinion, this spiced banana bread is the perfect companion for tea, coffee, a good book to read, etc. Being my favorite fruit, I almost always have bananas in my kitchen. Hence, it really is the first choice to let them ripe and whip up some banana bread, cakes, and the like.

Spiced Banana Bread

There are so many ways that you can bake a banana bread in, I think almost every house has their signature style. This one is no less, you can adjust the spices, moisture, sweetness, etc. to match your liking and make it your way. In any case, if you love this fruit as much as I do then just gather your ingredients and follow this recipe, you won't regret it.

Below is the recipe for this dessert. If you want to get a better idea with the help of pictures then keep on reading after the recipe.

Spiced Banana Bread | Food Diaries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Category: Dessert, tea cake

Spiced Banana Bread | Food Diaries


    Dry ingredients
  1. All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
  2. Sugar - 3/4 cup
  3. Baking Soda - 1 tsp
  4. Sea salt - 1/2 tsp
  5. Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
  6. Cloves - 1/2 tsp
  7. Ginger - 1/2 tsp
  8. All spice - 1/2 tsp
  9. Nutmeg - 1/2 tsp
  10. Walnuts, chopped - 1/2 cup (add more if you like more nuts in your banana bread)
    Wet ingredients
  1. Ripe bananas, mashed - 3;
  2. OPTIONAL Banana, sliced - 1/2, for topping
  3. Coconut oil, melted - 1/3 cup
  4. Egg - 1 large
  5. Pure vanilla extract - 1 tsp


  1. Preheat the over to 180 C.
  2. Line a loaf tin by parchment paper, alternatively, you can also brush/spray some cooking oil.
  3. Make sure you have all your ingredients ready with you before you start the recipe.
  4. In a large bowl, sift the self-raising flour.
  5. Next, add all the dry ingredients and whisk everything together and keep the bowl aside.
  6. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with the help of a fork/potato masher depending on how you like it. I like to have some chunks of banana hence I do not mash it super smooth.
  7. Next, add the melted coconut oil, beaten egg, followed by vanilla extract.
  8. Give everything a good mix.
  9. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix everything so that the mixture is well incorporated with all the ingredients.
  10. Pour the batter in the lined loaf tin.
  11. Add slices of banana and chunks of walnuts on top of the batter.
  12. Bake at 180 C for 45-50 min, checking in between as baking times vary in all ovens.
  13. The spiced banana bread is ready when a skewer inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean.


I have used a 28 cm (11 in) loaf tin, hence my bread is slightly small in height. You can use a smaller tin (~23 cm) incase you want bigger, more square-ish loaf.


Spiced Banana Bread

Preheat the over to 180 C. Gather all your ingredients. In a bowl, add flour, sugar and dry spices.

Spiced Banana Bread

Next, add in the chopped walnuts. Mix everything. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas.

Spiced Banana Bread

To the mashed bananas, add coconut oil, egg and vanilla extract. Mix everything together.

Spiced Banana Bread

Add this wet mixture to the bowl of dry mixture and whisk everything together.

Spiced Banana Bread

Take the lined loaf tin. Add the batter to the loaf tin, spread evenly with a spatula. Garnish with sliced bananas and walnuts.

Bake at 180 C for 45-50 min, checking in between as baking times vary in all ovens. The spiced banana bread is ready when a skewer inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

Spiced Banana Bread

Spiced Banana Bread

Give this recipe a try and share the results with me in the comment section. I'd love to see your recreations. 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week ahead!


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  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    Wow, spiced up banana bread! Seems something interesting on the plate and I have convinced myself to bake it soon .

    • Thank you! I’m glad you convinced yourself for that, I hope you like it! <3

  • Denzil Walton

    Hey this is a really good idea Aditi. Thanks. I often make banana bread but have never thought of spicing it up this way. The only change for me would be to make it with gluten-free flour.

    • Thank you so much Denzil! I’m glad you liked it. Yes of course, gluten-free is even better! 🙂

  • FlyBy Wire

    Oh I was wondering at your caption first..but yes it is spicy banana bread..I liked the unusual combination of spice and sweet ..!!! Plus i love banana, I’m sure i can give it try….!!

    • Haha, I know what you mean. If you do try, let me know how it turned out! 🙂

  • Oh!! Delicious, you recipe makes me hungry but it difficult for me to bake 😛 I wish someone can cook for me.

    • Thank you! I hope you give it a try, you will succeed I’m sure! 🙂 xx

      • Hahha 🙂 For sure, I will try out.

  • Laura Dove

    Banana bread is our absolute favourite!! I’ve never made it spiced before, I think this sounds like such a tasty addition to add the spices and I’ll definitely give it a try!

    • Thank you so much Laura! I hope you like it when you try it! 🙂

  • Chiimmiii’s Happy World

    I often make banana bread but have never thought of this. awesome 🙂

    • Give it a try and share your feedback! 🙂

  • Tonya Wilhelm

    This banana bread looks so good. Banana bread is one of my favorites. I love that you have large pieces of banana on top! OK, now I’m hungry.

    • Banana bread is my favourite too. Hahaha, I know it adds to the character! 😉 xx

  • Wow…this recipe does look so tempting. I love banana cake and banana bread and the spiced version just sounds like it would taste so good. Aside from providing the recipe, thank you also for taking the time to provide step by step photos to make it all so easy. Can’t wait to give this a go.

    • Thank you so much Nicole! I’m glad you found it useful. Share how it turned out for you. 🙂 xx

  • Mayuri Saxena

    Love Banana bread! First of all, thanks for sharing the recipe with pictures. I am not a great cook/baker so when it comes to making something, I enjoy recipes with pictures. I am going to pin it right now to use it later. 🙂

    • Awe, you’re welcome Mayuri! I know, pictures make it really easy to follow a recipe. 🙂 xx

  • David Elliott

    I would never have thought of sticking the slices of bananas on top but that does sound yummy. And all those spices with the banana bread sound fabulous. It is one of my favorite treats for sure.

    • Thanks a lot David! Those banana slices really take the banana bread one step up. 🙂

  • Cassandra R

    This. Looks. AMAZING! I’ve tried so many banana bread recipes but can never get the bread to taste the way I want. I can’t believe I never thought of adding spices to it. Your bread’s texture also looks insane :O I’m going to try this for my girl’s night next week and tell you how it goes!

    • Thank you so much Cassandra! Do try and share how it goes! <3

  • I really like that you use coconut oil in it. Do you taste it after it is cooked? I bet it compliments the banana really well.
    ~ http://viabella-thebeautifullife.blogspot.com/

    • Thank you so much. No, there is no strong after taste at all; in fact I can’t even tell it’s there.

  • Ana Ojha

    This spiced banana bread looks incredible delicious! It sounds perfect with a coffee and a good read!

    • Thanks much Ana! <3

  • This looks scrumptious. I love how you put whole walnuts and sliced banana on top.

    • Thank you so much Lindsey!

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA

    What an amazing banana loaf bread. It looks so delicious and moist. The addition of the different spices are interesting. I will try this recipe. It would be so good to enjoy a slice or two with my afternoon tea.

    • Thank you so much Kristine! It would be a perfect companion for afternoon tea/coffee. 🙂

  • veethee dixit

    Never thought of banana flavoured bread. Good work. Definitely gonna try it.

    • Thank you! Share your feedback once you try. 🙂

  • I thought I loved banana bread but I love the sound of spiced banana bread even more. I can imagine this being a perfect dish all year round! x

    • Oh yeah Ana, it is great anytime of the year, especially if you live in a cold country. 🙂

  • Veethee Dixit

    What a creative thing to do with bananas and a loaf of bread. I am definitely gonna try this out. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

    • Thanks a lot Veethee! 🙂

  • Kentaro Tanaka

    Banana bread is my favorite to go with a nice cup of cappuccino, although I buy my banana bread, I am sure many can use this recipe to go with their coffees!

    • Thank you so much, banana bread is for sure a great coffee companion.

  • Hal Yusuf

    that looks really appetising for my lazy sundays…im thinking of much smaller portions as i will be making it for just one….the piece part could be that extra kick of flavour that i was missing

    • Thank you Hal! You can always reduce the ingredients to adjust the recipe as per your requirement OR you can share it with someone loved. 🙂

  • Becca Talbot

    I love banana bread, and this recipe sounds delicious. I really like the way you’ve put banana slices on the top – I’ve never seen that done before x

  • Kai Digger_Digg

    A yummy banana bread with very nice spice combination. In my opinion it’ll be best thing to ring in the holidays, thanks for sharing.

  • Poop Poop

    Oh my god. Banana bread are my favorite! I have tried baking it before but always ended up failing. You have relit the fire in me to make the perfect banana bread, I am going to bake one soon!

  • That looks yummy! I am missing home so much lately and my mom always made homemade banana bread and that just hits home for a “homey” sweet treat!

  • Banana bread is one of my favorite cakes and I love the addition of all the spices you have used and the extra banana slices on top. Your kitchen must have smelt heavenly whilst this was baking.

  • That looks delicious! And it would be a perfect after school snack for the kids!

  • arra carrasco-odeza

    I love the smell of banana bread makes my tummy hungry 😀 Thanks for sharing the step by step (with picture. much better) procedure because I’m planning to make one too.

  • Familyearthtrek

    Ohh my gosh! Chocolat and banana is my favorite combination and then ginger and all the spicey is even better! I normally dont bake I only shoutout the ingredienst and the steps to my husband. But with all the pictures I think I can even do it myself!😂


  • This is perfect comfort food and I love the fact you can add I like – cinnamon and ginger. I don’t have often bananas in my house since I can’t stop eating them. It’s like you’re eating a healthy cake.
    B, xx | http://www.queenbsdiary.com/

  • Helen Clark

    Oh yum! I’m pinning this to try myself. I love spiced cakes too, especially in the winter.

  • Ketki Sharangpani

    Wow, teh recipe looks really good must try it sometime, love banana bread

  • Kim Gammage

    I’ve been craving banana bread for weeks now but looking for something a little but different…this is absolutely perfect! So going to give it a try.

  • My daughter is allergic to bananas that are raw so I have been looking for some fun recipes to do with her. This looks great so I am going to try this! Thanks.