Readers Digest
Magazine subscription Podcast
HomeFood & DrinkRecipes

How to make banana matcha loaf

BY Jack Hazan

8th Mar 2023 Recipes

How to make banana matcha loaf
Psychotherapist and baker Jack Hazan shares his delicious spin on banana bread with this banana match loaf recipe
There’s something therapeutic about banana bread. We take brown, mushy bananas and bake them into something delicious. It’s a great metaphor for life: regardless of what you might be going through, you have the ability to turn it into something beautiful.


Serves 8
  • 210g all-purpose flour
  • 200g sugar
  • 2 tbsp culinary-grade matcha powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 large, ripe bananas
  • 80ml vegetable oil
  • 60ml whole milk
  • 85g honey
  • 2 eggs
Optional mix-ins:
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 60g mini chocolate chips
Banana matcha loaf. Photography © Lauren Volo
Photography © Lauren Volo


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Coat a 23 by 12cm loaf pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper, allowing the parchment to hang over the sides of the pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mash three of the bananas until mostly smooth with a few chunks. Add the vegetable oil, milk, honey, and eggs and stir until smooth.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. If you are using mix-ins, add them now. Slice the remaining banana in half lengthwise. 
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, arranging both banana halves cut-side up on top, and bake for 60–65 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. 
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes, flip onto a cooling rack, and let cool completely. Serve warm or at room temperature. The loaf will keep for three days at room temperature.
When in doubt, bake it out! In Mind Over Batter, licensed psychotherapist, master baker, and JackBakes founder Jack Hazan guides readers through 75 recipes that recruit therapeutic techniques you can tap into right in your own kitchen. It’s a feel-good treat for bakers of all skill levels.
Mind Over Batter Jack Hazan
Reprinted from Mind Over Batter: 75 Recipes for Baking as Therapy by Jack Hazan, with permission by Chronicle Books, 2023. Photography by Lauren Volo.
*This post contains affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site at no additional cost to you.
Keep up with the top stories from Reader's Digest by subscribing to our weekly newsletter

This post contains affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site at no additional cost to you. Read our disclaimer

Loading up next...
Stories by email|Subscription
Readers Digest

Launched in 1922, Reader's Digest has built 100 years of trust with a loyal audience and has become the largest circulating magazine in the world

Readers Digest
Reader’s Digest is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards, please contact 0203 289 0940. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit