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Spiced Banana and Walnut Traybake

January 26, 2014

I buy bananas in the vain hope of being healthier but more often than not they are left in the kitchen to go bad, finally ending up in the bin.  So instead of wasting money I decided to turn them in to something we all love to eat…cake!

If like me you have bananas turing bad in a bowl in the kitchen here is the recipe for you to turn them into a delicious traybake.

450g bananas
100g walnuts
75g Stork margarine
175g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
1/4 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp mixed spice
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract




1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a 26cm x 19cm tin with grease proof paper.
2. In a bowl mix the flour, mixed spice, salt and bicarbonate of soda.
3. Mash the bananas and chop the walnuts in to small pieces ready for adding later on.
4. In a large bowl cream the margarine and the sugar.
5. Add the eggs one at a time with a spoonful of the flour mixture and beat well until the eggs and half the flour is added.
6. Stir in the milk and vanilla extract.
7. Sift the rest of the flour mixture in to the bowl and add the bananas and walnut.  Mix well.
8. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and bake for 40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake.


For the caramel flavoured water icing I mixed 100g of icing sugar with water and a few drops of caramel flavouring.  I used the Lakeland natural flavouring.  As you can see I just drizzled it over the Banana and Walnut Traybake.  It’s a simple recipe; give it a go and let me know how you get on.



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  1. Simple set of ingredients and amazing flavor! Perfect way to use up the leftover bananas sitting on my counter right now:) Thanks!

  2. Yummy! I adore the banana walnut combo, and it feels healthy so you can more of it!

  3. Michaela Quinn permalink

    Looks delicious!

  4. Sarah permalink

    I was looking for something to pack for a picnic last weekend and found this through a Google search for ‘banana traybake’. So simple to make (although being lazy I used the all-in-one method minus the bananas and walnuts, which I added afterwards), and they went down very well with everyone, aged from 9 to 79! Thanks!

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