Banana Bread With Rum Soaked Raisins

Written by McDonald, T.  |  Date 24th of January 2024

I love this loaf because it needs no proofing since it contains no yeast.  Once you have mixed all the ingredients together, you can put it straight in the oven.  This banana bread has a warm spiced flavour due to the mixed spice and rum soaked raisins. 


  • I used stevia to reduce the calories.
  • Make sure you use really rib bananas. 
  • Most recipes will tell you to mash with a folk; however, I use a masher, it's much quicker.
  • I used dark rum to soak the raisins.  Check the rum is vegan. 



  • 3–4 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 400 g – 500 g peeled)
  • 1 tbsp of caster sugar or stevia
  • 200g of self-raising flour
  • 100g of strong wholemeal flour
  • 100g raisins soaked in rum or other flavouring
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp of vegetable oil 
  • 120 ml of water


  • H 6 cm x W 11 cm x D 21 cm loaf tin
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Balloon whisk
  • Measuring spoons 
  • Spatula 


  1. Peel the bananas, break them up into small pieces and put in a bowl.  Mash the bananas. 
  2. Weigh out both the flours in a large mixing bowl. Add the bicarbonate of soda, sugar and spices.  Mix with a balloon whisk.  Add the oil.
  3. Add the water and combine into a shaggy dough with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add the rum soaked raisins and mix. 
  5. Add the mashed banana and mix. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 180 °C (fan assisted) and grease the tin.
  7. Place on the lower middle shelf of the oven and bake for about 50 – 55 mins. 
  8. When ready, test with a cake tester.  If the cake tester is clean, leave to cool for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.  Leave to cool completely, about 40 minutes.

Break banana into small pieces.

Mash the banana.
Mix in the raisins and mashed banana.

Pour into a greased small loaf tin.


I was very pleased with the way this bread turned out.  Very tasty although a little moreish. 


I hope that you liked this blog and if you do try this recipe, please let me know how you got on and what it turned out like. You can leave a comment in the comments below.



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