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Banana Gingerbread Loaf

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Author April J Harris


  • 2 large ripe bananas mashed
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup mild olive oil
  • 2 cups all purpose flour Also known as plain flour. If you want to use self rising flour, leave out the baking powder and baking soda.
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda Baking soda is also known as Bicarbonate of Soda.
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • For the glaze
  • ½ cup icing sugar Icing sugar is also known as confectioner’s sugar.
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water
  • ½ teaspoon ginger


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Grease and flour or line a 8½ by 4½ inch (2 lb) loaf pan.
  • Peel and mash the bananas in a medium bowl.
  • Stir the molasses, sugar, buttermilk, egg and olive oil into the mashed banana. Set aside.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves and nutmeg together into a large bowl.
  • Stir in the banana mixture until thoroughly combined, but do not over-mix.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Let the loaf cool in the pan for about 15 minutes and then carefully remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • To make the glaze:
  • Sift together the icing sugar and the ginger.
  • Gradually add the water, a bit at a time, until a creamy, drizzle-able consistency is reached.
  • Place a sheet of baking parchment or waxed paper underneath the wire rack with the cooled cake on it.
  • Drizzle the glaze over top of the cake.
  • Allow the glaze to set for at least a half hour before slicing.
  • Store your Banana Gingerbread Loaf in a sealed container at room temperature.
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