Bitter Chocolate, Lavender, and Banana Tea Loaf

This is an updated version of an old favorite. Still a wonderful comfort food. Cut a slice and slather with some creamy butter; sit and enjoy with a cup of your favorite cuppa tea!

Original recipe makes 1 5×9-inch loaf


1 cup mashed banana
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons grated fresh orange zest
2 teaspoons dried orange peel
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped bitter chocolate
1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
1 tablespoon coarse sugar for decorating

  • PREP

    25 mins

  • COOK

    1 hr


    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 5×9-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Beat banana, sugar, butter, and shortening together until smooth; mix in eggs. Stir fresh orange zest, dried orange peel, nutmeg, and vanilla extract into mixture. Gradually stir flour into moist ingredients. Fold chocolate and lavender into batter. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle coarse sugar crystals over batter.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour.


Calories: 442 kcal
Carbohydrates: 48.1 g
Cholesterol: 74 mg
Fat: 27 g
Fiber: 2.8 g
Protein: 5.6 g
Sodium: 253 mg