Steamed Boat Banana Bread

By Hayley Tia

For all of those out there with limited cooking appliances in the galley, this moist and tasty banana bread recipe is cooked entirely on the stovetop in a matter of minutes- no oven required!

Steamed boat banana bread


2 large extra ripe bananas

2 tablespoons of honey

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 egg (alternatively use 1 tablespoon of chia seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons of water)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup almond meal

½ cup coconut flakes

½ cup of oats

¼ cup sultanas

¾-1 cup plain flour


  1. Mash bananas with the back of a fork then mix with the other wet ingredients- honey, vanilla extract and egg.

  2. Once wet ingredients are well-combined add cinnamon, baking soda, almond meal, coconut flakes, oats, and sultanas.

  3. Slowly add flour until a thick, gooey, muffin-like batter forms. Depending on the size of your bananas you may need to add a little more flour if your bananas are larger or perhaps a little less flour if your bananas are smaller.

  4. Grease or line a small baking tin and add the batter to the tin, being careful not to press the mixture too firmly into the tin which will inhibit it from rising easily.

  5. To create your stovetop oven to bake this little loaf, take a large saucepan and fill it with an inch of water. Placing a smaller lid inside the saucepan as a stand for your baking tin to sit on.

  6. Cover the saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and now add your baking tin to the saucepan, ensuring that the tin is just touching the water but not bubbling over into the batter.

  7. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the loaf.

  8. Remove the baking tin from the saucepan and leave it to cool completely.

  9. To serve slice and top with your choice of nut butter, jams, and fruits for a healthy snack aboard.

Makes 1 small loaf- enough for 4 crew

Get creative and try adding seasonal fruits and nuts whenever you have a plentiful amount. We have added passionfruit and lime to this original recipe which made for a tropically fragrant delight! For a savory option try swapping bananas for steamed pumpkin and cinnamon & vanilla for cumin seeds and dried herbs. Once baked smother the slice with smashed avocado, cracked black pepper, and sea salt.

We always love hearing from you salty seadogs, so please comment below on a creative flavor combo you have tried out with this basic Steamed Boat Banana Bread recipe.

Hayley Tia

A liveaboard sailor and professional copywriter, creating content from the cabin of her floating home. Prior to life on the water, Hayley owned and operated a seaside cafe for over 7 years whilst starting a degree in marine biology. She now enjoys the space and time the liveaboard life has given her and enjoys preparing nutritious meals in the galley as well as utilising her qualifications as a yoga instructor to lead morning yoga sessions on the beach at each new anchorage.

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