Donna Hay chocolate and banana bread recipe

11 Apr


Looking back I really should have named my blog ‘Donna Hay’s biggest fan bakes’ for that pretty much sums up my approach to cooking and blogging. And life, really.

One of the reasons I’m so enamoured with everything that Ms Hay touches is that her recipes work. Sounds simple and even logical but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve baked things that just fail. I guess we’ve all been there but Donna Hay that is a super rare occurrence.

I recently made this banana and chocolate bread to use up some squishy looking ‘nanas in the fruit bowl.

When I took it to share with my friends at work the feedback was overwhelming – everyone RAVED about it. I tried some and understood for this is a magical cake [let’s be honest, this ain’t no bread.] Make it, eat it, and tell me that you disagree 🙂

All I did was slightly reduce the amount of sugar and add some cinnamon coz that stuff is wickedly good.



About 3-4 over-ripe bananas, mashed

125g butter at room temperature, diced

¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1½ cups plain flour sifted together with

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon bicarb soda

1 teaspoon mixed spice

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup golden syrup

100g dark chocolate, melted


Preheat oven to 160C and grease and line a 7.5cmx32.5cmx8cm loaf pan.

Place butter and sugar in bowl of electric mixer and beat for 10 minutes or until pale and creamy.

Gradually add eggs and beat well.

Fold through flour mixture, bicarb, cinnamon and mixed spice and stir to combine.

Stir in banana and golden syrup.

Place half the mixture in another bowl, add the melted chocolate and stir.

Add dollops of each batter, one at a time, to the pan and when all the batter is used, mix very gently to create a swirl.

Bake 60-70 minutes / until a skewer comes out clean.

Cool completely in pan before turning to a wire rack.

37 Responses to “Donna Hay chocolate and banana bread recipe”

  1. Awanthi @ I Speak Awanthi at 8:45 am #

    Well, that looks PERFECT! I am so busy but I definitely need to make this some day soon!

  2. I make banana bread once a week and I am always up for trying a new recipe. I have never added lyle’s syrup before — too bad I just ran out. What is in the mixed spices though???? I look forward to trying this. Did any make it in the school lunchbox?

    • thehungrymum at 10:00 am #

      The lunchbox? Ha! My girls wish! The newsroom gets very hungry when deadline looms and there was not a crumb left over. Mixed spices = nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. It is premixed & available in the baking aisle here [Sydney].

  3. thehungrymum at 9:51 am #

    Ohhh, you’re too kind! This would be such a doddle for you to make 🙂

    • quilt32 at 4:30 pm #

      I’m definitely going to try this one.

      • thehungrymum at 5:15 am #

        Let me know what you think when you do 🙂

  4. daisyandthefox at 1:56 pm #

    oooo this banana bread looks like a true winner! 🙂
    and i couldn’t agree with you more, i am also a true donna fan – she has amazing recipes that never seem to fail! 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 11:41 am #

      It is *the* best banana bread – throw away all your other recipes 😉

  5. lazylauramaisey at 5:13 pm #

    Omygoodness. Banana bread never fails. Never.

  6. ThisBakerGirlBlogs at 6:11 pm #

    Chocolate and banana – what’s not to love! Looks delicious 🙂

  7. ButterSugarFlowers at 1:40 am #

    Beautiful job swirling the batters! That looks amazing! Yum!

  8. Little Gumnut at 2:12 am #

    ooh hello! That’s looking a bit delicious! Lucky work colleagues!!

  9. ohlidia at 10:46 pm #

    I have made banana bread, oh, too numerous to count… but they never look this luscious!

    • thehungrymum at 5:14 am #

      Thanks! I usually make a different Donna Hay one but this is the new gold standard 🙂

  10. Mrs. DeYarmond at 2:31 pm #

    ok I’m so hungry now ! This looks completely crazy and so delicious !! Love it

  11. girlinafoodfrenzy at 12:18 pm #

    I can totally understand why you follow her recipes religiously, cause I agree ‘they work!’ As for banana and chocolate I always loved campfire bananas with choc bits wrapped inside (so something tells me,) I’d definitely enjoy it cake form 😉

  12. Oh yum, this looks like the most delicious banana bread!

  13. Choc Chip Uru at 9:10 am #

    This bread looks utterly gorgeous and decadent 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Joy @ Baking-Joy at 10:39 am #

    This looks totally delicious – I love the swirl! 🙂

  15. jessiebearwhat at 2:49 am #

    Oh that looks lovely!

  16. andmorefood at 7:59 am #

    I know what you mean about donna hay – I feel exactly the same way about nigella (sometimes it gets embarrassing). great-looking recipe!

    • thehungrymum at 9:22 am #

      Yes, I do tend to go on and on about Donna. I got to interview her once and I’m pretty sure I held it together [would hate to ever listen to a transcript, though].

  17. renxkyoko at 10:02 am #

    Will copy later…….. this cake looks delicious… and I love banana bread.

    • thehungrymum at 10:07 am #

      Thanks! This is banana bread at its very glammed up best 🙂

  18. celestedimilla at 9:04 pm #

    What a decadent bread – it looks wonderful!! 🙂

  19. Gorgee at 3:28 am #

    Very moist and delicious but also a little too sweet so will cut down on the sugar and golden syrup quantities next time.

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