Simply the best banana bread! That's our promise...
Made with love in Sydney, Australia by expert bakers, our banana bread is the best in the business. No kidding. Just read the reviews yourself to see what makes them so good...
Designed to suit your lifestyle, you can be guaranteed to find the right banana bread for you that tastes delicious. Whether you prefer a traditional banana bread, or a looking for a healthier option such as gluten free, sugar free or protein, we've got you covered.
And the best thing is that all these recipes can be made vegan using our vegan egg replacer. Amazing!
No more random recipes off a spammy site, no hunting for ingredients that you rarely use, we're the experts in baking to take out the guesswork for you.
Why Banana Bread?
Spotty was born out of our love for baking and bananas. We love how good banana bread is for you and that it is jam packed with our favourite fruit, bananas.
It's no wonder given that bananas are super healthy, containing essential nutrients for your mind, body and beauty. We've detailed out all '23 Health Benefits of Bananas' if you're interested to learn more!
But we have to say that one of the best things about bananas are their versatility. This curvy fruit can be eaten as a snack by itself, frozen for a thick and creamy smoothie, or when overripe, are perfect for delicious, easy-to-make banana bread.
Banana bread is ranked as Australia’s favourite cake (or is it a bread?), and it's not hard to see why that is. It's the go-to for brekkie on the go or an afternoon tea idea. And even better, you can make it in under 5 minutes prep time if you are using a Spotty Banana Bread Mix :)
Popular Banana Bread recipes include ingredients such as ripe bananas, butter or coconut oil, baking soda, flour, brown sugar and eggs. You may also find that some recipes include maple syrup or vanilla extract.
At Spotty, we've perfected the ultimate banana bread with traditional, gluten free, sugar free and Protein baking mixes. What makes them so easy is that you only need three ingredients: spotty or ripe bananas, eggs and olive oil.
Banana Bread is also a super versatile base, allowing for you to add in any additions or toppings to make the perfect banana bread for YOU. We personally love adding some chopped walnuts to create a beautiful banana nut bread that's crunchy and high in protein. If you have a sweet tooth, why not add in some chocolate chips? You could also add fruits and veggies like a fruity blueberry banana bread or zucchini banana bread. No one would even notice that they're getting extra greens in! Of course if you are looking to mix it up a bit, this same foolproof recipe can be transformed into scrumptious banana muffin, banana cake and the list goes on. Read our 5 easy delicious banana muffin ideas to get you started.
As banana bread lovers, we have to address the bad rap that banana bread receives for being 'unhealthy'. This is often due to the high sugar and calories content of cafe-style or store bought banana bread, which is not found with many homemade banana recipes nor our Spotty dry banana bread mixes.
If you're health conscious or following a specific diet/dietary requirement, there are so many ways to adjust the recipe to suit your need and still retain the nutritional value, taste and texture for the best healthy banana bread. This is exactly why Spotty aims to offer banana bread for everyone, with our range of Traditional Banana Bread, Gluten Free Banana Bread, 95% Sugar Free Banana Bread and Protein Banana Bread mixes. All Spotty products encapsulate a healthy banana bread recipe, with options to substitute certain ingredients as required. This may include baking egg free or vegan banana bread which you can learn more about in our blog, '5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Vegan Banana Bread'.
Can you see why we love banana bread so much?!
How many bananas do you need for banana bread?
It may vary depending on the recipe but as a general rule of thumb, you'll need 2-3 overripe bananas for a loaf of classic banana bread. This is roughly about 3 medium or 2 large bananas. For our Spotty dry banana bread mixes, we recommend 3 overripe bananas (350g).
Whilst overripe banana is the best, you may also use frozen bananas in a banana bread recipe as long as you thaw them appropriately. Make sure to blot them with a paper towel to remove excess liquid before adding them into your mixture.
Would I need to change anything to accommodate for one less banana?
We do not recommend baking with less banana as you will lose approximately 100g of moisture, mix and flavour for every lost banana . If you are trying to lower your carbs or sugar by removing the banana, Spotty has a sugar free banana bread option to support your lifestyle..
Do you need ripe bananas for baking?
Always go for overripe bananas as they are sweeter and bring out the rich banana flavour we all love. In a nutshell, keep any old, overripe, spotty or brown bananas as they are perfect for baking!
What’s an easy way to ripen bananas for baking?
While there are several options, we recommend the oven method as not only does it soften the bananas but it brings out the banana flavour as well.
Bake unpeeled bananas at 160°C for 20-25 minutes until the peel has turned black. We recommend turning the banana over half way through baking. Scoop the banana pulp out once cool and mash before adding to your recipe. We think this approach is the best way to get the sweetness of overripe bananas into your mix which really gives your banana bread that ultra bananary hit!
Can you tell me what size loaf tin you used? What were the proportions?
The best tin to use is a large size tin - this is about 21cm long, 11cm wide and 7cm high. You will get the best banana bread results using a tin this size.
How long should I bake it on a smaller loaf pan? Same temperature and time?
The smaller the tin size, the higher the loaf will rise. You will be using the same quantity of mix so it generally will be the same bake time and temperature however we recommend checking the loaf towards the end of the baking time to ensure it is cooked properly through.
Do I need to add baking powder and baking soda to the Spotty Banana Bread mix?
No! That's the beauty of using a mix like ours. It's already premixed to perfection! We've even included organic cinnamon, vanilla bean and salt for additional flavour!
If you want to add anything to the mix, you could always add chocolate chips for the extra flavour!
How to freeze, store and thaw your banana bread?
Great question - who doesn't love to have a stash of banana bread for when you need it! The first thing to do once your banana bread has cooled after baking is slice with a sharp serrated bread knife. Make sure you have a freezer proof container handy and place a sheet of baking paper between each slice before putting it in the freezer. As banana bread is generally pretty moist, you may find that the slices freeze together and it may be difficult to remove one slice at a time if you don’t. Spotty banana bread lasts up to three months in the freezer so you can easily plan your treats and snacks ahead of time!
When you are ready to take a slice of banana bread out of the freezer, you can prepare it in a few ways.
1) You can thaw your slice overnight. We recommend thawing in the fridge if you’re in a hot climate as there are no preservatives in this delicious healthy banana bread!
2) If you are in a hurry, you can pop a slice straight in the toaster. You might have to toast it on a higher level to thaw and toast it right. Then lather it in butter because hey, who doesn’t love butter on their banana bread!
Health-Related Banana Bread Information
What is the nutrition of banana bread recipes?
The nutritional breakdown for each Spotty mix can be seen in their respective product pages under 'Nutrition', but we wanted to show you a quick and simple comparison with cafe style or homemade recipes.
Nutrition of a cafe style or homemade banana bread recipe
- A standard cafe-style slice* (78g) has approximately 247 calories, 34 grams of carbohydrates and 18 grams of sugar
- A standard homemade slice (78g) has approximately 252 calories, 36 grams of carbohydrates and 20 grams of sugar
Nutrition of a slice of Spotty Banana Bread
- Traditional Banana Bread slice (78g) has approximately 233 calories, 31.2 grams of carbohydrates and 16.6 grams of sugar
- Sugar Free Banana Bread slice (78g) has approximately 199 calories, 21.7 grams of carbohydrates and 4.2 grams of sugar (being the natural sugar’s from the banana)
- Gluten Free Banana Bread slice (78g) has approximately 235 calories, 32.7 grams of carbohydrates and 17.3 grams of sugar
- Protein Banana Bread slice (78g) has approximately 237 calories, 8.1 grams of protein, 28.9 grams of carbohydrates and 16.4 grams of sugar
When you look at different banana bread recipes, the nutrition can vary however at Spotty, we offer a range of healthy banana bread options that ensure you can eat the banana bread that is right for you.
* Please note that the key nutritional values provided are referenced against a serve size of Spotty Banana Bread, being 78g. They are pro-rated to achieve a relative nutritional value (Source: https://muffinbreak.com.au/our-menu/banana-bread/)
Does the banana bread mix use wheat flour?
The traditional spotty banana bread mix uses wheat flour along with spelt flour for a delicious loaf but our gluten free, sugar free and protein banana bread mixes use a gluten free flour combination so do not use wheat flour.
Can I still eat banana bread on a diet?
This is a particularly common question, often associated with the bad rap that banana bread gets. First and foremost, there isn't a simple yes or no answer when it comes to diet or weight related questions. The truth is there is no single food that can make you gain or lose weight, as your overall weight is influenced by a range of variables, including but not limited to:
- What you eat
- Level of exercise
- Pre-existing medical conditions
Our general advice is that it is okay to eat banana bread on a diet as long as you've factored this into your calorie count or diet program. There are also ways to alter the traditional recipe to one that is lower in carbs, or sugar and so forth, to adapt to your preferred diet. There's sugarless banana bread, dairy free banana bread, low carb banana bread or even whole grain banana bread! With all foods, everything should be eaten in moderation.
Where can I buy my Spotty banana bread mix?
Have we got you keen for some banana bread baking? Simply head over to our online shop and choose the Spotty Banana Bread mix that's perfect for you. If you haven't already, sign up with us and get 10% off your next order!