Blueberry and Banana Cake

I had an hour before the girls got home from school and the snack options were looking pretty non-existent – I seem to have stopped buying a lot of snacks with all the baking I’ve been doing! However, there was one very over-ripe banana  and a handful of rather forlorn blueberries sitting in the fruit bowl – hence the inspiration for this recipe.

I didn’t think that the flavours would shine with so few ingredients, but it produced one very banana-y and blueberry tasting cake that filled empty, just home from school tummies, but would also work perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee.

Blueberry and banana cake (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)


makes one cake/small loaf

  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 handful blueberries (doesn’t matter if they’re old and wrinkly!)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsps sugar for sprinkling

– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade/Gas mark 4

– Grease and line the cake/loaf tin

– Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Stir in the blueberries so they get coated in flour.

– In a separate bowl, mash the banana. Add the oil, vanilla and water. Stir well.

– Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently.

– Pour into the cake tin.

– Sprinkle with more sugar and bake for 40-50 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.

– Cool, then remove from the tin and leave to finish cooling on a wire rack.


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Welcome. I'm a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother with a passion for cooking vegetarian food. All recipes featured here are dairy, egg, and nut-free, thus 'accidentally' vegan, as my children are allergic to those. My aim is to recreate any dish, even what seems impossible, but free of the ingredients we can't have, and log my exploits here. Please browse what is now several hundred recipes. All the recipes posted (unless stated) are my own creations.

6 thoughts on “Blueberry and Banana Cake

  1. We have lots of blueberries and bananas around here. Perfect timing! I may convert this into muffins/um er, cupcakes so that I can exercise portion control 😉

  2. HI thanks for this recipe after searching a lot for allergy friendly recipes I stumbled upon your site. This looks a lovely recipe. Definitely going to try but with apple instead of banana. Thanks xx

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