Blackberry and Banana Loaf Cake

dairy-free, egg-free banana and blackberry loaf

I think it’s going to be a bumper blackberry year – the bushes are already bowing down with the little back gems. I managed a fine harvest from just over the garden wall – goodness knows how many I could have got if I’d gone further afield! So you should be warned – blackberry recipes are a coming!

This is maybe an unusual combination, you would normally expect apple with blackberry, rather than banana, but it works really well. The blackberries add a delicate blackberry fragrance along with their pretty jewel pops of colour and the mellow sweetness of banana combines to form a winning combination. This loaf cake is the perfect start to autumn, a nod of the produce to come, whilst still being sunny and summery with its banana flavours.

Blackberry and Banana Loaf Cake

dairy-free blackberry cake

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

1 cup self-raising flour

1/2 cup caster sugar

Pinch of salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

1 large banana, mashed or processed to a purée

2 large handfuls of blackberries

1/4 cup sunflower oil

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp sugar, for sprinkling on top

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/Gas mark 4. Line a loaf tin.
  2. Mix together the mashed or puréed banana, oil, water, vanilla and lemon and set aside
  3. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar. Stir in the blackberries and make sure they are coated in the flour – this should prevent them from dropping to the bottom of the cake
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently mix until well combined
  5. Pour into the lined loaf tin. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and bake for 40-50 minutes until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

vegan blackberry and banana cake

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Starr says:

    You cake looks so good! I’d love to try it, but sadly, blackberry season is over here and there are none to be found at the market 😦

    1. lucylox says:

      We’ve got a week or so left (well according to my mum you shouldn’t eat a blackberry after oct 1st or the devil will have got to it 😳!!!!) – how about blueberries instead? X

  2. Looks delicious Lucy – do you think I could replace the blackberries with strawberries or pickled cherries?

    1. lucylox says:

      Absolutely, lovely idea 😄

  3. what a gorge loaf! It is spring in Sydney and I can imagine nibbling a piece of this while on a picnic.

    1. lucylox says:

      Perfect picnic food!

  4. Sophie33 says:

    I made it by using home grown blackberries! A lovely cake it was! I used a silicon flower pattern! 🙂 Yummm!

    1. lucylox says:

      Lovely – I bet it was delish with blueberries, especially home grown ones

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