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Best Banana Bread Recipe with Flaxseed

This classic banana bread recipe has been updated with hearty flaxseed giving it a nice crunch. It's perfect for your morning or afternoon snack.

Banana Bread with Flaxseeds cut into slices with butter on top

I try to eat bananas before they get too ripe. I'm guilty of putting them next to citrus, which gets them too ripe before I have a chance. 

When my bananas go too ripe, I pop them into the freezer to cook with them instead. 

Banana bread is a bit of a go-to in our house. The kids enjoy it warmed up with butter on top. In this recipe, I decided to add some flaxseeds for extra fibre. 

Flaxseeds are a nutritious plant source of omega-3 fatty acids and provide a great source of fibre. They add a nice crunch to the banana bread. 

In this recipe, the flaxseeds are optional. You could add them as ground for a smoother consistency. If you have a digestive condition like diverticulitis that requires you to restrict fibre intake, leave them out. 

*Tip If your bananas aren't over-ripe, pop them in the microwave to soften. Works a charm!

Let's get cooking. 


Banana Bread with Flaxseeds

Prep 10 mins | Cook Time 45 Minutes



1.5 Cups of Self-Raising Flour

1/4 Cup of Flaxseeds (optional)

2-4 Over-ripened bananas

100g Butter

1 Tsp Vanilla Essense 

1 Egg

3/4 Cup of Sugar (any kind, but brown sugar works nicely)

Cinnamon (optional)


1 Loaf Tin

Mixing bowl


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C
  2. Grease Loaf Tin with butter
  3. Add Flour, Flaxseeds, Bananas, a sprinkle of Cinnamon, and Sugar to a mixing bowl
  4. Melt the Butter in the microwave or a small saucepan
  5. Make a well in the centre of the dried ingredients and add Butter, Egg, Vanilla Essence
  6. Mix the ingredients until a smooth consistency
  7. Add mixture into your Loaf Tin and smooth the top
  8. Put in the oven and cook for 45 minutes. 

*Tip. To check that the bread is cooked, put a knife in the centre and pull it out. If you see any wet mixture, then it isn't fully cooked. Cook for an additional 5 minutes and test again until done. 



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