Cinnamon, Raisin Banana Bread

Cinnamon, Raisin Banana Bread

Enjoy a warm slice of cinnamon, raisin banana bread – ideal for an decadent breakfast or as tasty snack!

Keeping warm

As quickly as the heat wave came, so it left us. London is cold, grey and dreary. My sandals are back in the cupboard and knitwear reigns supreme. I’m doing everything I can to keep warm, but without turning the heating on! But I’m not resorting to that just yet. As summer turns into autumn I love pulling out my favourite warming recipes. Hearty dishes that make you feel full and leave a warm feeling in your tummy are exactly what I need at a time like this.

Banana bread is one of the recipes I’ll often make when I’m feeling a bit grey and in need of a pick me up. But, recently I’ve been swapping chocolate chips for raisins. They feel a little bit less “naughty” but they still add a sweet burst of flavour! (Which keeps my sweet tooth happy). 

If you can’t live without the chocolate hit, check out the recipe for my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread here.

Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread

Raisins versus chocolate chips

I know, I know – calling raisins a healthy alternative to chocolate chips is stretching it a bit. But fruit is always better for you than chocolate, right? (Can you tell I’m not a nutritionist…) You absolutely could use chocolate in this recipe but I really like the lighter notes it brings to the finished banana bread.

Whenever I use a dried fruit in a bake I like to re-hydrate them first. It’s really simple to do and means that they don’t dry out completely when they are in the oven. Let them sit in some boiling water for half an hour or so before you make the recipe and I promise you won’t regret it.

Slices of Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread

Spicing things up

I also always make sure that any spices I’m using are fresh. I know I’ve been guilty of it in the past – you buy some obscure spice that you use once and then leave it lurking at the back of the cupboard for a year or two. When you come to use it, it will have lost most of its aroma and vibrancy.

If you can’t remember when you bought that jar of cinnamon, you definitely need to throw it out! Spend a little extra on a good brand like [amazon_textlink asin=’B0077K4A5M’ text=’Steenbergs’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’upperinthubur-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’1f955a5f-a966-11e8-85b5-03d54795a5ab’] and you won’t regret it!

The sweet aroma of the cinnamon baking alongside the bananas as they caramelise slightly in the oven will make you drool. Each bite will be spiked with the juice of the raisins as they burst on your tongue. This banana bread is, quite simply, delicious.

Slices of Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread

The recipe

You’ve plumped up your raisins and bought the best cinnamon money can buy (or just whatever was available in the supermarket) time to get baking!

Slices of Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread

Cinnamon, Raisin Banana Bread

Emma Walton
This Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread is a warming slice of happiness! Serve fresh out of the oven with a cup of coffee on a lazy Sunday morning.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 12 people
Calories 201.02 kcal



  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C/gas 4.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg, sugar and melted butter until you have a plain mix that has increased in volume.
  • Roughly mash the bananas until you have a combination of pureed and lumpy banana then add to the other wet ingredients.
  • Add the raisins before folding in the flour and cinnamon.
  • Line your loaf tin and pour in the cake batter.
  • Place in the centre of the oven and cook for an hour (or until the top of the cake bounces back when prodded gently with the tip of your finger).
  • Let the cake cook in the tin for ten minutes before turning out on a cooling rack.


Calories: 201.02kcalCarbohydrates: 36.86gProtein: 3.32gFat: 4.96gSaturated Fat: 2.75gTrans Fat: 0.16gCholesterol: 41.03mgSodium: 47.5mgPotassium: 183.54mgFiber: 1.58gSugar: 18.23gVitamin A: 180.82IUVitamin C: 2.88mgCalcium: 12.02mgIron: 0.52mg
Keyword banana, butter, cinnamon, egg, raisin
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