Old Fashioned Banana and Yoghurt Bread

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Some things never go out of style.

Handed down from grandmother to mother to me, this banana yoghurt cake is one I used to look forward to as a child, just as my children look forward to it when I bake it.

Great for morning tea or lunchbox snacks, double the recipe and freeze one loaf to make next week even easier.

In true frugal tradition, this bread is all about leftovers.  Use over-ripe bananas or the yoghurt dregs rather than waste them.

Despite this being an old-fashioned favourite, I have altered it just a little bit by reducing the sugar. In fact, you could probably halve the amount again, depending on how ripe your bananas are, and it would still be sweet enough.

Bake this plain or shake things up by adding some chopped pecans or walnuts, blueberries or choc chips.

Yield: 1 loaf

Old-Fashioned Banana and Yoghurt Bread

Old-Fashioned Banana and Yoghurt Bread

Use up bananas before they go bad by making this old-fashioned banana and yoghurt bread, which handily uses up yoghurt too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 125g butter softened
  • 1/2 cup raw or brown sugar
  • 1 cup of over-ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain or Greek yoghurt
  • 1 3/4 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 2 Tbsp. linseed meal (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a large loaf tin.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with beaters or a wooden spoon.
  3. Mix in banana, egg and yoghurt.
  4. Fold in sifted flour until well combined.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.


Reduce the sugar amount to taste.

For a variation add in 1/2 – 1 cup of chopped nuts of choice, blueberries of choc chips

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 468mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 7g

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  1. I really enjoy your blog, it has lots of great ideas and recipes. I love the idea of a simple self saucing pudding but my daughter cannot eat golden syrup or maple syrup. Any other ideas?


    1. Hi Cynthia, thanks!

      You could make a chocolate pudding by adding cocoa powder and swapping the golden syrup for a little extra boiling water. Or you could try brown rice syrup. I’ve only just started using brown rice syrup, so I’m not sure how it will go (brown rice syrup isn’t quite as sweet), but you could always give it a go and see. Or you could try using just sugar (add a little extra), no syrup.
      Hope this helps

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