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Cardamom Pecan Banana Bread

A moist banana bread that is easy to make with the crunch of pecans and sweet cardamom
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Servings 12
Calories 316 kcal


  • 225 g flour self raising
  • 115 g butter
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom ground
  • 2 eggs large, beaten
  • 175 g brown sugar
  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 100 g pecans chopped
  • 10 pecan halves

For the icing

  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam sieved


  • Cream together the butter and sugar until it's fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs and bananas. Don't worry if it looks grainy at this stage.
  • Sift the flour with the ground cardamom and fold into the wet mixture with
    the chopped pecans. 
  • Line a loaf tin with baking parchment that is about 11cm by 24cm or holds
    1.2 litres and scrape the mixture into the tin. Decorate with whole pecans.
  • Bake at 180C/350F/160FAN/Gas4 for 50 minutes to an hour until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a rack to cool
  • Melt a tablespoon of apricot jam with a tablespoon of water in a small pan. Brush the top of the cake with a pastry brush.
  • To make the icing sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add a
    few drops of water at a time until it is just pourable. Use a fork to drizzle the icing back and forth over the top of the cake.


The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.

💭 Top tips

  • If you can't get hold of ground cardamom then buy green cardamom pods. Remove the seeds from the pods and either grind them in a pestle and mortar or in a grinder. I find it's easier to keep a small electric coffee grinder just for spices, especially as ground cardamom can lose it's flavour quickly.
  • When you have ripe bananas, but aren't ready to make anything, simply freeze them by putting whole peeled bananas in a freezer bag and defrosting before use.


Calories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 200mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 307IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
Keyword banana, cake, cardamom, loaf, pecan
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