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
  • 120g 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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92 comments on “Donna Hay’s Banana Bread converted for the Thermomix”

    • 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

    • I’ve tried a number of banana bread recipes but this is the most ‘cafe’ style I’ve found. I halved the sugar and maple syrup and I still think it’s quite sweet, but my boys love it. Might try with 50gm of each next time and see how it tastes.
      Thanks for converting and sharing!

    • 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

      • Awesome😁 As was looking at making this gluten free today but also adding a small handful of walnuts

    • 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

  1. 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 🙂

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

    • 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Hi
    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?

  8. 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 ❤️

  9. 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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  11. 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?

    • I made it with rice malt syrup the other day! Was delicious. Took the sugar and maple syrup out and also took out one egg. Used 120g of rice malt syrup.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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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  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. Oh my gosh, I think I’ve baked this recipe close to 50 times, no exaggeration! It’s my fail-safe-never-let-me-down banana loaf favorite!!!
    I just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing it.

  19. Hello Robyn. Thanks for sharing this recipe. This banana bread very soft and delicious ^^
    Only one problem, I was difficult to stir the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients with spatula until evenly distributed. if the ingredient is not evenly mixed, and stir for too long is it okay? Any idea? Thanks 🙂

  20. Easily THE best banana cake/bread/muffins I’ve tasted – and I consider myself a bit of an expert! To think I’ve been known to spend $4.50 per slice for worse banana bread at cafes…..I halved the sugar and added a tsp of Stevia liquid. Moist, moreish and keeps well. This one’s a keeper!

    • Forgot to mention, I stirred the dry and wet ingredients together with the butterfly – worked brilliantly. Omitted the maple syrup and still very sweet (in my opinion).

  21. HI, when you say “beat” in step 4&5 doesn’t it mean I need to insert the butterfly? Sorry, new to thermomix.

    Many thanks.

    • Wei, the recipe says to beat by hand in a separate bowl, but I inserted butterfly and mixed slowly until incorporated. Worked very well, and one less bowl to wash, Bonus!

  22. Have one in the oven
    45 mins and its still wet inside
    Hoping that leaving in oven with a foil cover will fix the problem
    Smells lovely
    Halved the sugar

  23. Hi there! Has anyone made this recipe into mini muffins? If so, how long would you cook it for? I’d like to make them as mini muffins for my son’s lunch box and also for hubby’s work!! Thanks 😀

  24. The receipe is amazing. I tried it as muffins and it worked perfectly, they didn’t take as much time to cook though , just about 50min. I also didn’t put the maple syrup, and I put 100g of white sugar instead of 170g of brown sugar.

  25. This is the best banana bread ever! It’s good as is, but when toasted, it caramelises and is freaking awesome.

  26. Thank you so much for this recipe. The kids (even the one who doesn’t love all banana bread) tell me it is amazing so it’s the only recipe I use.

  27. Amazing recipe even though I accidentally mixed the egg, butter and sugar all together as a first step! Halved the sugar and maple syrup along with subbing half the flour with wholemeal spelt flour and it still tasted a treat!

  28. Thank you for this ! tried it the first time and it was a little dry so the next time I used 4 bananas and it turned out really well! Kids, hubby & neighbours loved it …

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  30. Finally an easy recipe for banana bread that works. My previous 2 attempts with other recipes failed. This one is absolutely delicious straight on the first try. So happy I can make this now. My hubby said it’s as good as the one from the cafe. No better compliment than that.

  31. Thanks for the recipe. Its delicious. I made 2 mini cakes for my twins 1 year old bithday with a little tweak. I went for 720g of bananas, omitted the sugar and added only 30g of honey. Its still sweet though. I ll probably leave the honey out the next round.

  32. Thanks for this recipe. It works every time. I freeze it for grandchildren’s lunches but they come home and want more slices for arvo tea!
    I haven’t tried doubling it in the one bowl; I make 2 as you suggested.

  33. Delicious! I substituted butter for Nuttalex (dairy free) and eggs for flax eggs (1tbsp flax meal + 2.5 tbsp water). It turned out beautifully!

  34. This is the best ever!!! I stumbled across your version, tried it and it is the most amazing recipe ever. All thanx to Donna Hay too

  35. Hi Robyn – what is the same as all purpose flour? I’m in Australia and have self raising, plain or bakers flour. Thank you.

  36. Love this recipe. Easy to follow and hard to mess up. Extremely tasty (especially with a good slab of butter). Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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