Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


Quick One-Banana Bread.

We've all been there, you are all ready for a nice lazy weekend when unexpected guests descend. Maybe they just were passing and popped in, or maybe your boyfriend claimed he told you weeks ago, but alas you completely forgot. Either way, I am the kind of person who likes to be prepared for visitors.

I like the bathroom scrubbed, living room looking semi-respectable and smelling nice, and something yummy in the kitchen. However, when you roll out of bed at 10:30am and they are arriving at 12pm it really doesn't give a lot of time for rustling up a tasty treat.

If in doubt, bake banana bread.

I stumbled upon some lovely looking banana breads on pinterest and thought it would be the perfect sweet treat to go with a cup of tea. I set about weighing ingredients for my usual recipe when I suddenly realised I only had one banana! The downside of my new running habit, is I love a nice banana afterwards, so I go through them twice a fast now.

In desperation I quickly googled "Can I make banana bread with just one banana?" and I found that you can! There were lots of american recipes and a couple of scaled down versions so I sort of combined them all into this delicious recipe...

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Quick One-Banana Loaf
  • 1 ripe Banana
  • 75g Plain Flour
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • 50g Butter (Softened)
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bicarb of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 50g Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • a pinch Ground Cassia or Cinnamon
This is an all-in-one cake, so I just popped all of the above in my Kitchenaid and mixed until a batter formed.Pour the batter into a small greased loaf tin. I sprinkled the top with some demerera sugar for crunch.Bake at 180C for 25-35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

I managed to cut this small loaf into 12 slices, which worked out at 2pp per slice. *bonus*

I threw in some frozen blueberries and some ground Cassia (cinnamon bark), it added a little more interest to a plain banana bread. I wish I had had some walnuts or hazlenuts to hand, as they would of made a perfect addition.

What is your go-to recipe for last minute guests?