Donna Hay's banana bread perfectly converted for the thermomix Banana bread is just one of those things that everyone has a recipe for.  Even if you’re not really a baker, I’m sure you’ve made or attempted to make banana bread at least once.  I’ve made it a heap of times, but for some reason I can never get a consistent outcome.  It’s perfect one time and then too dense the next, or it crumbles too much or it’s too dry etc etc etc.

I’ve been trying to perfect it for ages and I think I’ve finally nailed it.  I’ve used a Donna Hay recipe but modified it slightly, making it work for me and of course using my thermomix.  I also use frozen bananas which I think makes a big difference.  I aways buy extra bananas and once they are very ripe I peel them, pop them into zip lock bag and freeze them.   Donna Hay's banana bread made in the thermomix 2 I always double the recipe to make two loaves and it just fits in the thermomix.  Baking one loaf at a time just doesn’t cut it in our house.  It’ll be gone before it even hits a lunch box.  This loaf freezes really well too, so you could always say one for later.

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Donna Hay's Banana Bread converted for the Thermomix
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Perfectly light, fluffy and delicious banana bread, made perfectly in the thermomix every time.
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 3 bananas (frozen if possible)
  • 125g butter
  • 170g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g maple syrup
  • 255g all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius
  2. Break the frozen bananas into small pieces and put them in the thermomix. Blitz them on speed 8/9 for 1.5-2 minutes until they form a thick and creamy consistency a bit like ice-cream.
  3. Set them aside in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the butter, sugar and vanilla to the thermomix bowl and mix on speed 5 for 3 minutes. If the mixture sticks to the sides, then just scraping it back to the middle and continue beating until it is light and creamy.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and beat them on speed 5 for 10 seconds (each).
  6. Add the banana mix with the maple syrup and combine everything on peed 5 for 45 seconds to a minute.
  7. Add all the dry ingredients and fold together with a (non metal) spatular. You will have to do this by hand.
  8. Once all the ingredients are combined, scoop the mixture into a lined baking tin and bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer/knife is placed in the middle and pulled out clean.
  9. Serve with butter and enjoy.
If you don't have frozen bananas, then over ripe bananas will work too, but you will only need to beat them on speed 5 for 20-30 seconds.

It is very important to fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, as it keeps the air in, and will ensure the banana bread is light and fluffy and rises well. Don't worry too much if the mixture looks a bit lumpy is still bakes perfectly.

Do you have a fool proof banana bread recipe?

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54 Comments on Donna Hay’s Banana Bread converted for the Thermomix

  1. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    February 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Hell yes! Donna Hay and Banana Bread in the same breath – winner winner xx

      June 7, 2015 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

      Donna Hay anything is just gold. xxx

  2. Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker
    February 6, 2015 at 2:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I always have to double my banana bread recipe for the same reason Robyn! Yours looks delicious!

      June 7, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks love. I slice mine up and then put each wrapped slice in the freezer – perfect for pulling out in the morning for school boxes xx

  3. Amanda Wotherspoon
    April 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm (2 years ago)

    My hubby loves this recipe!! So delicious, thanks for converting it!

      June 7, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

      Yay, so glad. I’ll have to send one across the road next time I’m baking :))

      • Jane
        March 31, 2016 at 10:04 pm (1 year ago)

        My kids love this recipe, so does my hubby, delicious every time! I also add sunflower seeds on too before baking 🙂

  4. Nicole
    May 6, 2015 at 9:02 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a winner!! My husband can’t stop eating it, my son is asking for more.

      June 7, 2015 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

      That is music to my ears. So glad you’re all enjoying it :))

  5. Jess
    May 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm (2 years ago)

    beautiful recipe. Made it with GF flour and worked a treat

      June 7, 2015 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

      Oh that’s so good to know that it works with the GF flour. Will make it for my mum next time she visits from England x

  6. Katherine
    July 17, 2015 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

    Best banana bread ever so delicious!

      July 17, 2015 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Katherine, so glad you love it. xx

  7. Jodee
    July 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Is this recipe already doubled?

      July 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm (2 years ago)

      No it isn’t Jodie. I have double it in one go and I can just about fit it all in the thermomix. Use the butterfly instead of a spatula to mix. Otherwise just made two batches – no need to rinse the bowl in between x

      • Jodee
        July 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm (2 years ago)

        Brilliant cake. Just finished cooking in the oven, and we couldn’t wait for it to cool down. Stuck some butter straight on. Glad I did double.
        I also used wholemeal flour instead of plain flour.

  8. Tanya
    July 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I made this banana bread yesterday and it is amazing!! So light and fluffy! I reduced the sugar and maple syrup by half and it was still soo delish – thank you for this wonderful recipe 🙂

      August 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Tanya. I have also started to reduce the sugar by half and the kids haven’t even noticed – bonus!! x

  9. Jen
    August 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Delicious. My new go-to banana bread recipe! Thanks you 🙂

      August 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome! and it’s a pleasure :))

  10. Miranda
    September 17, 2015 at 10:13 am (2 years ago)

    Best recipe, I didn’t have brown sugar so substituted with coconut sugar, definitely making again.

  11. Alicia
    September 18, 2015 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    I have made this recipe many times now and it is always amazing! It’s one of the few things my 2 year old will eat!

      October 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm (1 year ago)

      Ah that’s fantastic, glad I am still able to please a 2 year old!! xx

  12. Sharon
    October 29, 2015 at 1:42 pm (1 year ago)

    Awesome – a hit with the whole family! Yum!!

      October 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm (1 year ago)

      So great to hear and thanks for letting me know xx

  13. Kim McAlister
    November 5, 2015 at 2:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Made this, halved the sugar, very nice! Sprinkled some choc chips in for my little guy who likes his banana bread that way 🙂

  14. Annette
    November 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm (1 year ago)

    I made this banana bread today and it was amazing! I will never go back to my old one! Thank you!

      January 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much for the amazing feedback Annette, I appreciate it :)) Robyn x

  15. MrsDooley
    November 28, 2015 at 2:26 pm (1 year ago)

    I had no brown sugar, so used raw ! Baked it in mini loaf tins!!! The maple syrup makes I such an amazing colour and the crust is nice and crisp and a little bit sweet …. Thanks!

  16. Edda Emery
    December 13, 2015 at 3:14 pm (1 year ago)

    Really easy and delicious. Thank you! I had no maple syrup, so used honey instead, and it was fine. I also did the final mixing process with the dry ingredients in the Thermomix and it worked a treat.

      January 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks for sharing Edda. So glad you enjoyed it. Good to know the mixing worked too, I have started to do it with the butterfly inserted and that works brilliantly too 🙂 Robyn x

  17. Cat
    February 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm (1 year ago)

    Sounds great. Can I substitute the maple syrup with honey?

    • Cat
      February 18, 2016 at 7:43 pm (1 year ago)

      Well, I used honey and it is DELICIOUS! Great recipe, many thanks.

        February 19, 2016 at 10:47 am (1 year ago)

        Hi, sorry I didn’t get you sooner but honey is perfect too. Glad you enjoyed it xxx

  18. Angela Pusz
    February 28, 2016 at 8:13 pm (1 year ago)

    Mine didn’t seem to rise at all – should I have used self raising flour?

  19. Robby Cook
    February 28, 2016 at 8:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Absolutely blooming fabulous. I mixed the flour into the wet mix with Thermie and it was perfect. More cake-like than heavy bread. This will definitely be my go to Banana Cake recipe from now on. Thanks for converting and sharing … Robby

  20. Chantal
    March 3, 2016 at 6:20 am (1 year ago)

    Anyone ever made these into muffins

  21. Louise
    March 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm (1 year ago)

    The original recipe uses two cups of mashed banana – you must have much bigger bananas than me as I needed 7 to get that much. It also uses golden syrup instead of maple.

  22. Nicky
    March 25, 2016 at 11:49 am (1 year ago)

    I’ve have made the original reciepe a lot but now have Thermie. What’s dig fence will maple syrup over golden syrup make. Do you think it would work as muffins?

  23. Amy
    April 5, 2016 at 3:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Its a weekly affair in our household everyone loves it. I made them gluten free and in a loaf tin as well as muffins. They are so soft and fluffy and tastes delicious. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you so much ❤️

  24. Jacqui
    April 15, 2016 at 7:27 am (1 year ago)

    Soooo yum, thank you! Donna Hay never disappoints. I added walnuts and blueberries (just to use them up) and really glad I did.

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  26. Shelley
    April 25, 2016 at 6:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Found this recipe today. First one was banana, and I used dark brown sugar & golden syrup and some walnuts on top. 2nd one is in the oven now. I used rasped apples in this one, and reduced the sugar by a third, with walnuts on top. Anyone made it with no sugar?

  27. Rosa Villani
    May 5, 2016 at 11:32 pm (12 months ago)

    My daughter just made this yummy cake. She decided to bake at 9pm at night, and we are very happy with the results . She used honey as didn’t have any golden syrup. Definely saved this recipe and make its lots of times.

  28. Sar
    June 3, 2016 at 3:09 pm (11 months ago)

    Awesome recipe! This one will become our family staple as every other banana bread I have ever made has been heavy.

  29. Danielle
    June 21, 2016 at 9:03 pm (10 months ago)

    Just wondering how long I cook for a double batch x

  30. Sharee
    July 7, 2016 at 8:07 am (10 months ago)

    Best banana bread we’ve had. We love it, so soft! Only thing is next time I’ll sift through the dry ingredients before folding so I don’t get a small cooked clump of bicarbonate soda, yuk haha. Definitely our new go to though. Thank you!

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  32. Kath
    October 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm (6 months ago)

    Are you doubling the recipe in a TM 31?

  33. Lisa
    November 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm (5 months ago)

    I make this all the time. Best ever!

  34. Melissa
    December 9, 2016 at 12:53 pm (5 months ago)

    We love this, I add the butterfly when creaming the butter after the initial 30secs, and only sit on speed 3/3.5 for the remaining. I also add sliced bananas to the top for the last 10mins of baking, yum!

  35. Andrea Walsh
    January 17, 2017 at 7:41 am (3 months ago)

    Can you substitute eggs for something else?

  36. brooke
    February 6, 2017 at 9:20 pm (3 months ago)

    Well i was looking for a reasonably healthy banana bread but saw Donna Hay and thermomix so i had to try it. Lovely recipe!! I obviously didnt mix the dry ingredients in well enough and had some unmixed parts but didnt matter too much. Will definitely make again, delicious!

  37. Sharon
    March 6, 2017 at 1:24 pm (2 months ago)

    Do you need to add the baking powder as i have run out.


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