Spelt Banana Bread

Sharpham Park, Bowel Cancer UK

I was completely blown away by this recipe today and have to say it’s the best Banana Bread I have ever tasted. I have never used spelt flour before and have heard so much about it and yet knew nothing about it until now. Last weekend I read with great interest an article in the Daily Mail about Roger Saul, the founder of designer label Mulberry and his journey in setting up Sharpham Park. It is here that organic spelt is grown and turned into Bran Flakes, Pearled Spelt, Spelt Flours, Spelt Risottos, Cereal Bars and Artisan Pasta. Spelt is a great source of fibre and therefore Sharpham Park decided it would be a great idea to work with Bowel Cancer UK for their Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (April). The British Medical Journal has published research which shows that an increase in fibre, especially cereal fibre and whole grains can help to prevent bowel cancer. By adding 3 servings (90g) of whole grains into your daily diet you can cut your risk of bowel cancer by about 20%.

To promote their joint message they have collected some tasty high fibre recipes from 30 famous culinary friends which have been published online as “Great British Spelt Recipes”. The Spelt Banana Bread is from Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl (Harper Collins). After today’s resounding success I can’t wait to try some more recipes out, I think spelt has put a spell on me! Not only is spelt high in fibre but it also contains plenty of iron, potassium, zinc, riboflavin and other vitamins and minerals. Also because of its unique gluten structure, it is far easier to digest than its distant cousin wheat and therefore great for people with wheat intolerance.

For more information on Bowel Cancer UK visit www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk or free phone 0800 8403540.

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Spelt Banana Bread, Sophie Dahl, Sharpham Park, Bowel Cancer UK

As this recipe uses up ripe bananas and store cupboard ingredients with hardly any butter I am entering it into this month’s Credit Crunch Munch which is a joint challenge run by myself this month and Helen at Fuss Free Flavours. I am also entering this months No Waste Food Challenge which is the fab Kate at Turquoise Lemons’ brain child and is being hosted by the equally fab Elizabeth over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen this month where the theme is fruit and this recipe is perfect for those over ripe bananas!

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4.6 from 5 reviews
Spelt Banana Bread
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Sophie Dahl says her Spelt Banana Bread is unadulterated manna - I absolutely agree!
Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: British
Serves: 6
  • 75g soft butter, plus extra for greasing and serving
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed up
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch of Salt
  • 170g spelt flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4. Grease a 13 x 23-cm/ 9 x 5 inch bread tin. (I used my largest loaf tin).
  2. Pour the mashed bananas into a big mixing bowl. Mix in the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix in the flour last. Pour into the prepared tin.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, remove and cool, then serve in slices with a little butter.
I thought my mixture looked all wrong when I made it with flecks of butter but I needn't have worried it turned out perfectly!


Sharpham Park, Bowel Cancer UK

Even the cat was “spelt” bound!

Thank you to Sharpham Park for my samples of spelt flour and pearled spelt.

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  1. Laure

    Best spelt Banana Bread ever 🙂 and I’ve tried a bunch!

    1. Camilla

      It is great isn’t it:-)

  2. Ray White

    Just tried it. Fantastic!!! Thank you

    1. Camilla

      Isn’t it just, made some myself this afternoon as it’s so good and so quick and easy to make;-)

  3. Michiemac

    Going to make this and was wondering if the the amount of honey was mentioned instead of the sugar. Many thanks. M

    1. Camilla

      I’m afraid I don’t know anything about honey!

  4. colin Anderson

    looks fab and yummy

  5. Paul Wilson

    If there’s an Association of Spelt Producers, they should give you an award for promotion of spelt.

    1. Camilla

      I just laughed out loud then Paul!

  6. Carole Cambridge

    I love bananas, and this looks ultra yummy – will definitely give it a try x

    1. Camilla

      It’s so quick and easy and so very yummy:-)

  7. William Gould

    My wife’s friend is always giving us some yummy banana loaf that she makes, must try it ourselves sometime!

  8. Ann Robinson

    Banana Bread – i love it

  9. sheila barnett

    Please note the error in this recipe! Don’t put in 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence!! It will ruin your cake. The correct amount is ONE TEASPOON!

    1. Camilla

      Hi Sheila, thank you for your concern but there is no mistake here, this is Sophie Dahl’s recipe as stated and you can see it on her own website here! http://www.sophiedahl.com/2014/03/banana-bread/ Of course you can lower the amount of vanilla extract to your own taste:-) This is one of my favourite quick cake recipes:-)

  10. Ellie

    I’ve been looking for a good banana bread recipe, I will have to try this now, I think i’ll be having a baking weekend 🙂

  11. bev

    Looks delicious – pleased to see a review of spelt as I did wonder if it tasted any different.

  12. rockychip

    Not strictly gluten free but my sensitive tummy seems to tolerate spelt in small amounts. I made this today with half spelt and half gluten free flour and it was so yummy. Well done!

    1. Camilla

      Well we have to thank Sophi Dahl, I do love this recipe too:-)

  13. Louise

    I use honey instead of sugar for this recipe and it comes out fab and delicious every time! Each time people ask for the recipe 😉

    1. Sarah

      Hi Louise, can you tell me how much honey you used as I’d like to try this minus the refined sugar

  14. Claire

    I’ve just made this with ‘help’ from my three year old son Max. We have just finished our first slice and we love it…might be sneaking back to the kitchen for another slice. So tasty and very easy to make. This is going to be a family favourite.

    1. Camilla

      Fab, it’s one of my fav cakes too as well as my mum’s Banana Cake which I’ve also posted!

  15. Lexi Davenport

    This looks amazing! My mum loves banan bread so I’ll have to surprise her with this.

    1. Camilla

      Ooh it’s so good:-)

  16. Paul Wilson

    Spelt gives a nice texture.

  17. Heather Haigh

    Love banana bread and that’s one cute cat. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, cat becoming a photo diva LOL:-)

  18. Maya Russell

    I wouldn’t have thought spelt flour would have made much of a difference, but it obviously does. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Ursula Hunt

    I have been looking for a good banana bread recipe so will give this a try – thank you

  20. Claire Toplis

    I am only just getting into baking and cooking really.
    This looks such a simple dish that I am even sure I could manage it.

    1. Camilla

      Exacty – report back one you’ve made it, I’d love to see – oh and cat has to be in pic:-)

  21. Chris

    Did the cat enjoy eating that lovely bread? Might need to give it a go one day …

  22. Lisa Williams

    Looks so delicious and the picture with kitty is brilliant 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aah thank you:-)

  23. The Kitchenmaid

    I have four bananas and a bag of spelt – I’m in! I I haven’t had much luck making actual (that’s is, yeasted) bread with spelt flour, but baking with it seems really easy. And it’s nice to feel like you’re doing good while eating what is essentially cake, isn’t it?! Thanks so much for the recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you and as cakes go this one is quite healthy as most of the fat is provided by the bananas and with all the extra vitamins and minerals in the spelt it’s even better:-)

  24. Elizabeth

    Sounds lovely! I’ve never used spelt flour before either. I looked for it my supermarket the other day but I didn’t see it. Please do share your recipe with the No Waste Food Challenge this month!

    1. Camilla

      You can get Sharpham Park products in Waitrose and I’ve heard Sainsbury’s do spelt too, not sure about the other supermarkets! This banana loaf is going to be made by me forever it’s a real winner:-)

  25. tinkertink2010

    That looks yummy – great way to use up bananas which we always have excess of! xoxo

  26. Laura Loves Cakes

    That’s quite an endorsement if this is the best banana bread you’ve ever tasted…may have to keep this recipe for future use! The cat does indeed look impressed too! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Well I’m careful with my words as my mum’s Banana Cake is still the best cake, but this bread is the best bread I’ve ever tasted. Have made many different ones over the years but these two are the keepers!The best thing about this recipe is that it uses lots of bananas up and its a doddle to make:-) I’m sure my cat would indeed have liked a nibble:-)

  27. Fiona Maclean

    Cats need to be in ALL food photography from now on;)

    It does look good. I’m still procrastinating here on what to make with my spelt!

    1. Camilla

      You’re right Fiona but as cats have very much a mind of their own we’ll have to leave it to them to decide eh! Good luck with your spelt baking:-)

  28. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Oh Camilla – your cat’s face says it all – so funny! I agree spelt flour seems to be trending at the moment. Glad you could put it to good use in this delicious looking banana bread.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline I have well and truly been initiated and am excited to see what else I can make with spelt:-) My cat is funny and I’m sure she’d have had a nibble if I’d let her!

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