We’ve had lots of talented volunteer chefs working on our food boxes, making lunches that children will love. Now we’re sharing the recipes so you can recreate them at home. 

Banana Bread is easy to do and family friendly too, young chefs can help out. Plus, there is no better way of using up browning bananas. 


This was made by Chef Angus, who’s leading a team of volunteers at our newest hub, Drumbeat School. Together, they’re making Cook and Collect lunches for around 50 children who are eligible for Free School Meals. In one day, the team cooked over 300 portions – including a frittata, meatballs, vegetable stew and stir fried noodles, plus this pudding.

The children also receive fresh produce for their family. It has to be packed, labelled and shared out. Angus was joined in the kitchen by Gimmy, the two of them usually work as Chef de Parties at the fabulous Native restaurant. They were also joined by volunteers from Natoora, and by Dee, a local chef. Beautiful produce was donated by Belazu.

Thanks to all of them!

Angus’ Banana Bread


  • 225g self raising flour

  • 100g butter

  • 150g caster sugar

  • 450g overripe bananas, mashed

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 175g dried fruit or chopped nuts (whatever you have on hand)


  • Preheat oven to 180C

  • Beat sugar and butter together (either by hand or in mixer, until fluffy and smooth)

  • Add the mashed bananas, salt and eggs and mix until smooth

  • Gently fold in the flour and additional flavouring

  • Spoon into a greased loaf tin and bake for 1hr 15 min, the loaf is done when a skewer pushes into the middle comes out clean

  • Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes then cool fully on a wire rack before serving.