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Never waste another banana. This easy to make Banana and Chocolate loaf uses overripe bananas. Bananas are full of potassium & a great feed for rose bushes.

Banana and Chocolate Loaf with a bunch of bananas on a serving plate.

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t have a couple of over ripe Bananas left in my fruit bowl. You know the kind. Almost black in appearance.

Some have gone a little too far for eating and baking. But they don’t go to waste. Very over ripe inedible fruit and veg go on my compost heap. But Bananas are scattered around the base of the rose bush which sits outside my kitchen window.

Roses love Bananas.

This is because bananas are full of potassium. Yes they are good for us. My grandson has one for breakfast every morning when he comes over. But they are also good for rose bushes. So if you don’t have time to bake with overripe bananas, given your Rose bushes a treat instead.

This Banana and Chocolate cake is an adaptation of my Spiced Banana and Hazelnut Loaf. 

You may also like to try some of my other Banana cake recipes.

  1. Banana Split loaves
  2. Date, Walnut, Banana and Honey Cake

As always, let me know how you get on with these recipes.

Slices of Banana and chocolate loaf

Banana and chocolate Cake

A quick and easy Banana and chocolate cake.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: cake
Cuisine: British
Keyword: easy bake
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 - 10 slices
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Lynn Hill


  • 150 g butter softened
  • 150 g soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 125 g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder sieved
  • 2 large ripe bananas lightly mashed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until lighter in colour with a creamy texture. If needed, scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go along.
  • Keep the mixer going and gradually add the eggs a little at a time, adding a little flour to help prevent curdling.
  • Sieve the flours, baking powder and cocoa powder together, then add to the cake batter. Add any residual wholemeal husks left from the wholemeal spelt flour. Mix until well combined.
  • Add the bananas and Vanilla Extract. Mix until well combined.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the centre of the oven for approx 50 minutes, or until baked, testing the centre of the cake with a skewer until it comes out cleanly.
  • Leave in the tin for 10 – 15 minutes to cool a little before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.


This cake will keep well for a couple of days if kept wrapped and in an airtight container. But it does taste best on the day it's made. Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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  1. Looking forward to trying this, but I don’t have spelt flour…can you use ordinary flour, and if so, how much?

    • Yes Deb. Use the same amount but in plain flour. So the total amount of plain flour would be 225g. You will still need the baking powder.
      Alternatively, you could use 225g self raising flour, but you won’t need the baking powder as that’s already in the Self Raising flour. These are only suggestions and the sort of thing I would do when I don’t have sufficient flours. I’m always mixing and matching.

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