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 April 11, 2013 at 8:45 am #

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

  2. Profiteroles & Ponytails April 11, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    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 April 11, 2013 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 April 11, 2013 at 9:51 am #

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

    • quilt32 April 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      I’m definitely going to try this one.

      • thehungrymum April 13, 2013 at 5:15 am #

        Let me know what you think when you do 🙂

  4. daisyandthefox April 11, 2013 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 June 11, 2013 at 11:41 am #

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

  5. lazylauramaisey April 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Omygoodness. Banana bread never fails. Never.

  6. ThisBakerGirlBlogs April 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

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

  7. ButterSugarFlowers April 12, 2013 at 1:40 am #

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

  8. Little Gumnut April 12, 2013 at 2:12 am #

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

  9. ohlidia April 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

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

    • thehungrymum April 13, 2013 at 5:14 am #

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

  10. Mrs. DeYarmond April 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

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

  11. girlinafoodfrenzy April 15, 2013 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. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 16, 2013 at 11:56 am #

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

  13. Choc Chip Uru April 17, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    This bread looks utterly gorgeous and decadent 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum April 18, 2013 at 6:57 am #

      Why, thank you! You’re such an inspiration, CCU!

  14. Joy @ Baking-Joy April 21, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    This looks totally delicious – I love the swirl! 🙂

    • thehungrymum April 21, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      Cheers! A swirl is always a good thing 🙂

  15. jessiebearwhat April 22, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    Oh that looks lovely!

  16. andmorefood April 23, 2013 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 April 23, 2013 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 April 29, 2013 at 10:02 am #

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

    • thehungrymum April 29, 2013 at 10:07 am #

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

  18. celestedimilla December 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    What a decadent bread – it looks wonderful!! 🙂

    • thehungrymum December 18, 2013 at 12:33 am #

      Thanks! And thanks for all the blog love x

  19. Gorgee February 6, 2016 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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