Spelt Banana Bread sliced on a wooden board.
4.47 from 13 votes

Spelt Banana Bread

Sophie Dahl says her Spelt Banana Bread is unadulterated manna - I absolutely agree!
Course Cake, Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword all in one, banana, spelt flour
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author Sophie Dahl


  • 75 g soft butter plus extra for greasing and serving
  • 4 ripe bananas (medium sized) mashed up
  • 200 g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 170 g spelt flour (see notes for alternatives)


  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.

Recipe Notes

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!

If you don't have spelt flour then wholemeal flour or a mix of wholemeal and plain flour works well. You can even use a mix of strong wholemeal and self raising flour if that's all you have!