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Spiced Banana Nut Loaf, a lightly spiced, deliciously moist banana nut loaf the whole family will love
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Spiced Banana Nut Loaf with Ginger Glaze

Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Author April J Harris


  • 2 cups all purpose flour all purpose flour is also known as plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup mild olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup sour cream or crème fraîche
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • grated rind of one orange
  • ½ cup pecans or walnuts, chopped, plus about 3 tablespoons more for garnish
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup icing sugar icing sugar is also known as confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water you may not need it all


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C or Gas Mark 4).
  • Grease and flour two - 2 pound loaf pans (roughly 22.5 cm x 13 cm x 6 cm each).
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • Break up the bananas and mash with a fork.
  • Put the mashed bananas, white and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix together well.
  • Add the oil, eggs, sour cream or crème fraîche, vanilla and orange rind. Beat together thoroughly.
  • Add the sifted flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Stir in the chopped nuts.
  • Divide the batter between the two loaf pans. The batter will about half fill each pan.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the top of the cake springs back when touched lightly and a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove the pans from the oven and cool on a wire rack for ten minutes before turning out to cool completely on a rack.
  • When the cake is completely cool, make the glaze by sifting together the icing sugar and the ginger.
  • Add water, a few teaspoons at a time, until a drizzle-able consistency is reached.
  • Pour or drizzle the glaze over the cakes and sprinkle with chopped nuts.
  • Allow the glaze to set before slicing.
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