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Recipe: California Prune Banana Bread with Walnuts

California Prune Banana Bread with Walnuts

Whole prune and walnut banana bread sitting on a coloured tea towel

My Banana Bread recipe is from my grandmother and has been made by my mother and myself for years.  It is incredibly easy and only has four main ingredients.  I have posted this recipe before however this time I am adding a specific dried fruit – California Prunes.

California Prunes add a lovely soft and sweet bite which along with the bananas and walnuts are really healthy. The prunes are full of fibre vitamin K and potassium, bananas are loaded with zinc and potassium and walnuts have loads of Omega3 so have that extra slice – it is really good for you.

You can make this recipe plain using only the four main ingredients; bananas, sugar, egg and flour, or you can add raisins or any dried fruit.  Add some chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans and your have an added bonus in your banana bread.  Of course you could omit the dried fruit and the nuts and add some dark chocolate chips!

It is a very American thing to spread the slices of banana bread with butter and that is of course a personal choice. However I recommend you try it! You might be surprised how good it tastes!

Two slices of banana bread with butter sitting on a board in front of the rest of the loaf

Historically, as this is an American recipe, the ingredients are measured in ‘cups’.  I have tried weighing the contents of each cup of ingredients and the recipe was a bit hit and miss.  However when I use my set of measurement cups it alway turns out perfectly!

Also the blacker the outside of the banana and the softer inside the better the finished result will be.  You will never need to throw bananas away again with this recipe!

A bunch of over ripe bananas with almost black skins

I was given a large quantity of black bananas so I happily got to making this recipe for friends and family!  You only need 3 bananas for each banana bread. (if you have too many bananas you can always pop them in the freezer just like they are in the skins and defrost thoroughly when you are ready to bake).

Recipe for California Prune Banana Bread

California Prune Banana Bread with Walnuts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr

A delicious and easy banana bread to enjoy with a cuppa tea or coffee or toasted for breakfast.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Baking
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Heidi Roberts
  • 3 med-large very ripe bananas
  • cup castor sugar or golden castor sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups Self raising flour
  • ½ cup chopped prunes
  • ½ cup walnuts optional
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180℃/350℉

  2. Line a 2lb loaf tin with grease proof paper or paper liner

  3. In a large bowl mash the peeled bananas thoroughly with a fork

  4. Add the egg and mix completely

  5. Add your sugar and again mix well

  6. Add the dried prunes and walnuts if using

  7. Mix in the flour 1 cup at a time until thoroughly mixed and no traces of flour remain

  8. Tip the mixture into your prepared tin

  9. Bake in the centre of the oven for 55-60 minutes

  10. Cool completely before slicing

  11. Smooth butter on your slice and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee

  12. (if you have any left the following day you can alway toast slices. The sugars will caramelise and taste delicious!)

Slices of banana bread showing the California prunes sitting on a board

If after a couple of days you have any left you can toast the slices.  They will go crispy and be totally delicious.  Of course we rarely have any leftover to toast!

More California Prune you might like to try

If you enjoyed reading this post I hope you try the recipe.  If you do make it please put a photo on instagram and tag me @itsmeheidiroberts .

To see further recipes please click on the link below:-

Easy Cornbread with Chilli

Coronation Chicken with California Prunes

California Prune Preserves

California Prune & Maple Syrup Butter

California Prune & Cognac Ice Cream

A few more of my baking recipes you might like to try:-

Flour Shortage Banana Bread

Grenada: Banana Bread with Chocolate and Spices


This recipe is my own. I was sent some California Prunes to use in this recipe. I was not required to write a positive post.  As usual all opinions and photographs are my own. No photos may be reproduced in any manner without my written permission.


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