The sweetest, most delicious banana bread you'll ever taste

This amazing banana bread is the perfect choice for “bring a plate” occasions – I’ve brought it along to various birthday parties over the years and never, ever had leftovers to take home!

This variation is a real winner: moist, packed with flavour and simple enough to prepare with grandkids.


  • Four bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g of plain flour
  • 1 punnet of fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup of fig jam
  • 200g of self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup of raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup of grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup of canola oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla essence (to taste)
  • 100g butter
  • 1/4 of icing sugar


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  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C.
  2. Grease your baking tray and line with baking paper.
  3. Sift all flour (both regular and self-raising) into a bowl.
  4. Add the cinnamon, raw sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Dig a small hole into the centre of the mixture. Inside it, add the mashed banana, eggs, vanilla essence and oil.
  6. Stir – not too long – until the ingredients combine.
  7. Add the raspberries and gently mix throughout.
  8. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 90 minutes (or until a skewer in the centre comes out clean). Set aside for 15-20 minutes before turning over to cool completely.

Fig butter (for glazing):

  1. Pour the butter and icing sugar into a bowl and whip until creamy.
  2. Add the fig jam and whip until smooth.

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