Jul 302012

This is a very simple recipe for a very light banana loaf…this loaf is very airy and spongy. I adapted this from the Banana Spongy Cake, I omitted the walnut and instead of muffins cups I make them into a mini loaf, which I great as a gift.


3 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup mashed banana
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup canola oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon rum


Preheat oven at 350F.
In a bowl sift the flour with baking soda, baking powder and ground cinnamon. In another bowl mix the eggs, vanilla extract, rum, sugar, mashed banana and mix until ribbon stage, which it will take approximately 10 minutes.

Add the flour mix to the egg and banana mix, mixing gently. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the oil.

Pour into the prepared 3 mini loaf pans and bake at 325 F for approximately 30 minutes (lower the temperature once the pans are in the oven) or until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

Cool on the wire rack and serve, or wrap the loaf and send to a lucky friend 🙂

Looking for more banana recipes, check Banana Upside Down Cake or Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that bananas are naturally radioactive? It is because of its high levels of potassium and a small amount of potassium-40, which is the largest source of natural radioactivity found in animals and humans.

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  62 Responses to “Light Banana Loaf”

  1. Looks so pretty! I love that it’s so light.I usually make a dense banana bread. Have to try this, we always have banana’s that need to be baked. Have a great week, Juliana.

  2. Lucky indeed! Looks like the perfect texture!

  3. Mmmmm… I always love banana bread. I bet the addition of rum here is perfect!

  4. Juliana love this banana loaf!

  5. I’ve got some bananas on my counter that are about ready for making banana bread. I think I need to try your recipe.

  6. Lovely loaves of banana bread, Juliana! They look very moist and light – And the wrapping for the bread look absolutely beautiful. Great info at the curiosity corner too! (didn’t know that) 🙂

    Hugs <3

  7. That looks like the perfect hostess gift!! And the texture looks fine and light too 🙂

  8. Absolutely delicious and what a lovely texture this bread has!



  9. The way in which you have presented these little loaves is so pretty – it would definitely be a lovely gift.

  10. Looks absolutely delicious! I love the first shot. Very pretty presentation!

  11. What a great idea making it smaller for gifts. Your bread looks really airy and moist. Enjoy the rest of the week, Juliana and thank you for sharing the recipe and the idea. 🙂

  12. What a gorgeous light and delicious loaf!

  13. What a beautiful and tasty loaf!!
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  14. Radioactive banana sponge bread lol. Love it. Seriously I like the idea of a lighter banana bread for a dessert. Have a great week Juliana.

  15. I would like mine with a scoop of ice cream, please. Delicious looking bread/cake.

  16. Ooh, those mini cakes look delicious. Yum!

  17. Oooh, nice with the rum. But then, a splash of rum makes anything better. 😉

  18. Sponge is a great description, Juliana. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lighter banana loaf! I can’t wait to try it. Love the way you’ve wrapped it as a gift.

  19. Yummy looking banana loaf. I love bananas in baked goods.

  20. What a gorgoues loaf of banana bread! It looks lighter than any version I’ve seen…bookmarking to try this one!

  21. This is the ideal banana bread to take as a gift! It is light, with a perfect texture, plenty of banana flavor, in short, it is it!

  22. Typically banana bread is very heavy and darker in color, I like the idea of a lighter banana bread, great recipe and gift! As long as the banana flavor is there, who needs the extra calories? Have a great week Juliana;-)

  23. Looks soft and spongy! Made such a cute gift too!

  24. I adore your variation with rum and ground cinnamon, a lighter loaf yet must be flavorful too.

  25. Your light banana loaf looks amazing. I love that you make them into mini-loaves for gift giving. I’m sure whoever receive them will have a big smile on their faces.

  26. So loaded with delicious flavour my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  27. I love banana bread!

  28. I did not know bananas are radioactive so now I know :p

  29. Looks so lovely and moist. Love the addition of the vanilla, it really rings out all the flavours!

  30. Tha cake looks so moist, banana is an incredible ingredient, it gives moist and sweet, so you can reduce fat and sugar. Love the wrap you used, looks perfect as a gift.

  31. I really like the sound of the rum in this recipe! Love the way your packaged them for gifts – they look beautiful.

  32. What a truly sweet gift! 😉 Seems like the perfect thing for a housewarming, holiday, baby shower… Okay, pretty much any event at all!

  33. It looks so soft and moist. With rum, it’s more yum!

  34. Bananas are radioactive?! Oh, no! 😉 That’s a fun fact I didn’t know. Not that the knowledge would prevent me from eating this – looks tremendously wonderful. Nice flavor, super instructions. Thanks for this.

  35. Hi Juliana–it’s rare that you find a light banana loaf–most are dense (but still delicious)
    I’m sure the addition of rum deepens the flavors—great idea. Anyone would be thrilled to get this as a gift.

  36. Such a classic and I don’t think I’ll get tired of having a slice of banana loaf for my coffee.

  37. Hi, Is that for me? Haha! Looks wonderful and would be great with a cup of tea!

  38. Looks really nice! I’d love to have a few slices. 😉

  39. Hi Juliana, this is a wonderful recipe, love that its lighten up. I like the idea of mini loaves and gifting them. It’s a perfect hostess gift with a few extra for the neighbors!!

  40. What a great gift idea!! I love the idea of a lighter banana loaf…and the bit of rum must make this extra scrumptious! Have a lovely weekend~

  41. Oh this banana bread does look so light and airy. What a nice change from my typical banana bread. I would love to receive this as a gift Juliana…hint, hint.

  42. You reminded me that I wanted to buy mini loaf pans! Your banana loaf looks wonderful – so soft and perfect for a little gift for playdate etc… I must get the pans soon and make these!

  43. A stunning & appetizing banana cake! Looks lovely too!
    Great & tasty food gifts, I agree! 🙂 I love the added rum. I think I will add some more rum! 😉

  44. Wow! Isn’t that delicious! Can you ship that off to me?

  45. Perfect for a sweet gift! I love banana loaf!

  46. I love that this recipe is light! Happy weekend!

  47. This does look light and lovely! And, banana bread is so delicious.

  48. Beautiful packaging and a very appetising banana loaf!

  49. My family loves banana breads and yours does look so airy and light.

  50. I love the way you packaged this. It looks like a beautiful gift. And who doesn’t like banana bread xx

  51. Simply gorgeous and no doubt equally delicious 🙂 Just can’t go wrong with a banana bread…even if it IS radioactive 🙂

  52. I wonder if I could use zucchini and turn this into a zucchini bread? My coworker gave me a huge bag of zucchini and I promised him bread. I like your lightened up version of banana bread. I’ll have to see if it works. Have a good Sunday!

  53. that’s so light and fluffy, it almost looks like a yeast bread! what a terrific version of banana bread, juliana!

  54. A lovely looking gift! And who wouldn’t want a banana cake?It’s a favorite!

  55. I love banana bread, Julina! I love your light version…..it looks delicious!

  56. Dear Julianna,

    Your banana bread looks awesome and it can be a great gift too!

  57. Hi Juliana,
    I love banana loaf and light, even better!!
    Hope you have a fantastic week.

  58. wow, that’s fabulous texture..when i can be your lucky friend?

  59. Hi Juliana, love the banana loaf, yours look good. So cottony soft. The loaf pan look cute too.

    Have a nice weekend.