Banana bread is a popular cake at cafes, and incredibly simple to bake at home. Often made with walnuts, this recipe uses pecans instead for that delicious nutty flavour, and yeast to create a real bread texture.

1 loaf





Skill level

Average: 4.6 (6 votes)


  • 5.5 g dried yeast (or 42 g fresh yeast)
  • 100 ml lukewarm water, plus 120-160ml extra
  • 300 g wholemeal plain flour
  • 100 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150 g ripe bananas, chopped, mashed
  • 100 g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Proving time 1 hour 30 minutes

Mix the yeast in a cup with the lukewarm water.

In a bowl, mix together both types of flour and the salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast. Dust with a little of the flour and leave to rise for 15 minutes.

Mix in the banana and pecans, and gradually add extra lukewarm water. Knead into a smooth dough both in the bowl and on a work surface. Shape into a ball, return to the bowl, cover with a tea towel and and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size.

Once it has risen, knead the dough again on a floured work surface, working in the oil. Place in a greased and floured loaf pan and leave to rise for another 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 160°C or 140°C fan-forced.

Bake the bread for 1 hour on the lower/middle oven shelf. Test that it is done by inserting a wooden skewer into the centre. Carefully remove the bread from the pan and leave to cool on a wire rack. When cool, slice and serve.