Caramel Banana Bread

John Toode’s caramel banana bread

It was the most-baked item of our first national lockdown, and according to Google Trends, searches for banana bread recipes are reaching levels not seen since mid- July.

John’s in the kitchen kicking off the full week of lockdown 2 with an upgraded, easy to make banoffee bread. YUM!

Not as perfect as John’s he used dairy products especially for his caramel which firm for the banoffee, my caramel is Vegan more watery so I add some cornstarch and re-cooked to thicken the caramel.


Bananas should face up and you’re better with a two-pound tin

200g caramel

1/2 tsp salt crystal

4 medium, very ripe banana

120g butter or margarine

2 eggs

90g soft brown sugar

90g castor sugar

240g self-raising flour

40g whole meal flour

1 tsp honey

1 tsp cinnamon

50g chopped walnuts

1 tbsp maple syrup

To Serve

To serve with butter, custard or cream


Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease a 2lb loaf tin and line the bottom of the tin with greaseproof paper.

Peel the two bananas and split them down the middle length wise.

Spoon half the contents of the tin of caramel into the cake tin and sprinkle with salt. Lay the cut bananas cut side down into the base as possible meanwhile make the cake.

Mash the ripe bananas well with a fork

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together and then mix in the eggs. Add the mashed bananas and combined.

Mix in the flour and cinnamon, then stir in honey, walnuts and maple syrup scrape into the lined loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes. Then lower the oven temperature to 140°C and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Leave to cool little before turning out onto a large plate. Eat hot with butter, custard, cream, or by itself.


Published by DFV Queen

I have develop a passion for natural and healthy life style, starting with a vegan life style including regular exercising each day. Which helped to feel inspired and happy within myself. my diet is very restricted due to severe allergies! When ever a food triggers a hostile response from the body's immune system the result is an allergy attack, which on occasion may be life-threatening although it's relatively simple to identifying problem foods, avoiding them completely is not always easy. My journey with allergies hasn't been easy "but" it has helped me to becomes a stronger person and would like to share and encourage others to never get discouraged, there's always light at the end of the tunnel if you keep persevering.

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