Prune, Walnut and Banana Breakfast Loaf

I love a good slice of this breakfast loaf in the morning – it makes a great start to the day with a cup of coffee or milk.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 8
Calories 402 kcal
Kid Friendly


  • 1 cup chopped prunes
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 50 g butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice


  • Preheat oven to 180°C/355 Fahrenheit.
  • Put prunes and baking soda in a bowl. Pour over boiling water and mash up prunes a bit.
  • Beat butter with sugar and vanilla until thick, light and creamy, then beat in egg. Mix in mashed banana, nuts and mashed prunes.
  • Sift flour, baking powder and mixed spice together. Add to wet mixture and fold the two mixtures together until well combined. Do not over-mix.
  • Spoon batter into a greased loaf tin and roughly smooth out the top. Bake for 45 minutes or until loaf springs back when lightly touched. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out.


Slice a piece off and breakfast is served! It’s nice slightly warmed up in the microwave (and with a little spread of butter!). You could also freeze this loaf pre-sliced and just pop in the toaster whenever you feel like it! If you dont want to use regular flour you could always substitute it with almond, coconut or rice flour, and if you are avoiding refined-sugar you could add in 1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped dates – just add them to the boiling water with the prunes!
Tip: the loaf freezes well.