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Orange Raisin Five Spice Banana Bread

Orange Raisin Five Spice Banana Bread. What a wonderful combination of flavours in this heavenly scented banana bread. Another great use for ripe bananas.

Orange Raisin Five Spice Banana Bread photo of cut loaf on a wooden cutting board

Orange Raisin Five Spice Banana Bread

We experiment quite a bit with our favorite banana bread recipe. We’ve developed chocolate versions, added white chocolate or chocolate chips and all have turned out well.

Close-up of bananas fresh and flecked brown to be used in this Honey Cake recipe

Give ripe bananas a brand new life!

This is another great version that would make a delicious addition to any lunchbox or brown bag lunch. It would also be especially enjoyed when served warm at a weekend brunch.

Orange Raisin Five Spice Banana Bread crinkle cakes cooling on a wire rack

Orange Raisin Five Spice Banana Bread crinkle cakes

As with any of our great versions of banana bread, we sometimes make them in little, muffin sized loaf pans. They are a great addition to packed lunches or as a grab and go morning treat.

We always call these little loaves crinkle cakes, small snack cakes that I remember from my childhood.

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I think Chinese five spice powder gives this recipe a very unique and delicious flavour. If you don’t have it you can easily substitute just cinnamon. It will still be utterly delicious.

I’ve used sultana raisins here because that is what I had on hand at the time but you can use any kind you like. Golden raisins are perfect for this recipe or you can leave them out altogether.

As I always say, make it the way you like it.

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I like golden raisins in this recipe but any other raisin or even currents work well. If they are not your thing, just omit them.

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Originally published November 2012. Updated March 2021 

Orange Raisin Five Spice Banana Bread photo of cut loaf on a wooden cutting board
Yield: 16 servings

Orange Raisin Five Spice Banana Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Orange Raisin Five Spice Banana Bread - what a wonderful combination of flavours in this heavenly scented banana bread. Another great use for ripe bananas.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder (See note for substitute)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • zest of one orange finely minced
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat sugar and oil in a bowl. Add eggs, mashed banana and orange zest.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients and fold into banana mixture alternately with orange juice.
  4. Fold in raisins.
  5. Pour batter into 1 large greased loaf pan (about 9x5) and sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar if desired for a little extra crunch.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour depending upon pan size. A toothpick inserted in the center which comes out clean is the best indicator that the loaf is fully baked.

Notes

In this recipe, if you don't have five spice powder, you can use 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves and 1/4 tsp allspice or nutmeg instead.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 210Saturated Fat 6gCholesterol 20mgSodium 163mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Beth Dobeau

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Have made this several times-very tasty. Added some walnuts and mini chocolate chips as well. Beth

Desley

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Absolutely the best Banana Bread I have ever had. I forgot to add the salt. Still fabulous.

Sprinkled the top with Demerara Sugar. fABULOUS.

Lynn

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

i made this bread today, it didn’t really brown on top, don’t know why. i think next time I will try dates instead of raisins. Other than that it was tasty.

Lorraine

Thursday 4th of March 2021

I made this recipe with my 10 year old son. We enjoyed working on it together - the banana bread was absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Charlotte Kearn

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Sounds delicious, I will definitely make this with my next bunch of ripe bananas. Can these be baked in regular muffin tins, if so, approximately 15 minutes?

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