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Spelt Banana Bread sliced on a wooden board.
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4.72 from 28 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 bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 170 g spelt flour (see notes for alternatives)


  • 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).
  • Pour the mashed bananas into a big mixing bowl. Mix in the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract.
  • Add the bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix in the flour last. Pour into the prepared tin.
  • 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!
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!