Sugar free Banana bread 

In a moment of madness a friend and I decided to give up sugar for Lent – I found I had developed a habit of eating something sweet every few hours. Easily done – marmalade for Breakfast, biscuit at Elevenses, pudding at lunch, jam at Tea and so it goes on….

We said Honey was not allowed either, but there were 2 caveats – fruit is allowed because it is good for you, and alcohol is allowed because it’s essential! OK -  I know it is not - but our resolve was not strong enough to go the whole hog, maybe next Lent…?

Before Lent my 12 year old has been baking banana bread with any left over bananas – you know the ones I mean? when you buy nice yellow-green bananas but forget to eat them, and before you know it they go not-so-nice-yellow-brown?

Well a standard banana bread recipe is super easy and super delicious, but due to my sugar ban she cleverly made me a sugar-free version, and it is just as delicious. 


225g self raising flour (or half & half with wholemeal flour)

100g butter

1tsp baking powder

2 eggs

3 or 4 ripe bananas mashed

2 tbsps milk

2 tsp mixed spice – (or anything with cinnamon in, as it is a natural sweetener, but it is not overpowering in terms of taste)

100g sultanas or raisins (optional idea is to soak them & heat them in a little rum in a pan, this makes them softer and juicier, and the alcohol burns off if cooked long enough)

50g cut nuts of your choice, this is optional, we used Almonds, they just give it a bit more variety.

Makes 1 standard 8in x 5in loaf tin, grease the tin or line with grease proof paper. (I use the butter wrapper paper as a liner like my mum used to)

Pre-heat oven to 160

Baking time 1hour.



Put everything into a bowl – except the raisins and nuts – and beat slowly for about 2 minutes.

Then fold in the nuts and raisins.

Pour out into your greased tin

Bake for 1 hour, check your knife comes out clean, if not it needs more cooking.

Tip onto a wire tray to cool.

banana bread sugar free

It is totally delicious eaten warm,  -  who needs sugar?