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This Is The Easiest Banana Bread You’ll Ever Make

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

Is there anything better than a buttery slice of freshly baked banana bread? I really don’t think so. ;-) I don’t make banana bread terribly often, mostly because I don’t tend to keep bananas on hand. But my mom used to make it frequently when I was a kid, so it really transports me back to my childhood whenever I get a chance to have some.

Related: How To Quickly Ripen Bananas For Making Banana Bread

So when I stumbled across this simplified version of banana bread, I was eager to give it a try! This recipe only has 4 ingredients after all, so there was really no excuse to NOT try it out. And even though I’m usually a banana bread purist, I went ahead and included the chocolate chips when I made it. I’m glad I did, because the finished bread is so dang good. It’s like all the best parts of yellow cake, a chocolate-covered banana, and a banana sandwich all rolled into one delicious loaf.

So go ahead, give it a try! :-)

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

The World’s Easiest Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
3-Ingredient Banana Bread

Directions:

Add the cake mix, eggs, bananas, and chocolate chips (if using) to a large mixing bowl (or your stand mixer) and mix well.

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

Grease two small loaf pans, or one large loaf pan.

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

Put the banana bread batter into the pans, and bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes. (Bake for a few minutes longer if you’re using a large loaf pan.)

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

That’s it!

I decided to bake mine in a couple of disposable loaf pans so I could take them over to the neighbors. And this banana bread is so quick and easy to make, maybe the whole neighborhood will end up getting a loaf before long! ;-)

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

Before I leave you to your banana bread baking, here are a few helpful hints for baking up a lovely loaf of this beautiful banana bread:

  • If you’re adding chocolate chips, toss them in a little bit of flour before adding them to the batter. It’s an easy way to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Freeze overripe bananas until you have enough to make banana bread. Just throw them in a plastic baggie, peel and all! Thaw when ready to use.
  • Another way to freeze overripe bananas is to peel them, then place them in a ziplock bag. Smash the bananas inside the bag until they lie flat, then put it in your freezer. It makes thawing fast and easy!
  • Make it gluten-free by using a gluten-free yellow cake mix. (You can also make it sugar-free by using a sugar-free yellow cake mix and sugar-free chocolate chips!)
  • Bake your banana bread in a muffin pan, a mini-muffin pan, or a bundt pan for something a bit more interesting than your standard loaf.
  • Substitute half of the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips to make “Elvis Banana Bread” (a nod to the King’s favorite sandwich: peanut butter and bananas!)
  • Can’t eat it all at once? Freeze the rest; it defrosts beautifully!
3-Ingredient Banana Bread

The World’s Easiest Banana Bread Recipe

Jill Nystul
Banana bread has never been this easy to make. All you need is four simple ingredients (or three if you're picky) and you'll be enjoying a slice of warm, delicious banana bread in no time!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 servings
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas (overripe)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions
 

Baking Instructions

  • Add the cake mix, eggs, bananas, and chocolate chips (if using) to a large mixing bowl (or your stand mixer) and mix well.
  • Grease two small loaf pans, or one large loaf pan. Put the banana bread batter into the pans.
  • Bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes (bake for a few minutes longer if you’re using a large loaf pan.)
  • If you’re adding chocolate chips, toss them in a little bit of flour before adding them to the batter. It’s an easy way to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Freeze overripe bananas until you have enough to make banana bread. Just throw them in a plastic baggie, peel and all! Thaw when ready to use.
  • Another way to freeze overripe bananas is to peel them, then place them in a ziplock bag. Smash the bananas inside the bag until they lie flat, then put it in your freezer. It makes thawing fast and easy!
  • Make it gluten-free by using a gluten-free yellow cake mix. (You can also make it sugar-free by using a sugar-free yellow cake mix and sugar-free chocolate chips!)
  • Bake your banana bread in a muffin pan, a mini-muffin pan, or a bundt pan for something a bit more interesting than your standard loaf.
  • Substitute half of the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips to make “Elvis Banana Bread” (a nod to the King’s favorite sandwich: peanut butter and bananas!)
  • Can’t eat it all at once? Freeze the rest; it defrosts beautifully!

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 334mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 90IUVitamin C: 2.6mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 1.3mg

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  • I made this today but used muffin tins instead. I also added chocolate and peanut butter chips and pecans. Tasted delicious! Next time I’m going to try using a banana bread mix instead of the cake mix.

  • We made this banana bread and it was awesome. Especially good the next day. Also ripened the bananas using your quick method and that was great! We drizzled some warm vanilla icing on top and it was good to go. Will use this again.

  • J Tabs – yes, you can make your own cake mix but this is just a quick version! I’m not a baker but if I were to make it, it would be the sugar-free cake mix…. I don’t like to slave in the kitchen! Thx, Jillee for the recipe!

  • I am a certified food and health coach and I deal with food allergies. I have a delicious banana bread recipe that is gluten free, dairy free and processed sugar free. I have made this many times for my classes and clients as well as friends. No one can tell the difference with the switches I make. I have also used the hack of how to ripen bananas on the spot. Thanks for your recipes .

  • I have used baby bananas over the years for banana bread, got this tip from my mother. I keep it in my pantry for when you crave banana bread but don’t have bananas in the house……..

  • Banana bread is something I like, but don’t often make because I don’t have the perfect recipe (I do have an excellent banana cake recipe, however). I also don’t like how brown the bread bakes up. This cake mix version is entirely new to me, and I bet my family will love it! Saving this now…

  • Love how easy this recipe sounds, also the link on how to ripen banana quickly. I wonder, does the addition of bananas to the cake mix give the bread that dense moistness of scratch banana bread, or just the banana flavor? I like cake mixes for their airy lightness, but not sure if I’d want it in bread. I may have just have to make it and find out. I did have a friend make pumpkin muffins using just spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin and they were moist, so this banana idea intrigues me. :)

  • Better to call this recipe what it is: CAKE! Disappointing that it relies on a box of cake mix containing preservatives, emulsifiers, etc. I don’t make banana bread that often, but when I do, I don’t begrudge the time and ingredients it needs!

    • This is just an idea from Jillee, of course we can all make it whichever way we would like. I like making muffins from scratch but I still love the idea, thanks Jillee

    • J Tabs
      It’s Not disappointing ( just because it comes out of the box )
      I make it throughout the year . Because it’s so easy and quick to do
      During the holidays I make my Great-Grandmothers Homemade Recipe
      An when I’m giving them as gifts out
      But throughout the year I will make this simple and easy Recipe
      My family loves both of them !! Ty

    • I make this with yellow or chocolate cake mix. Ok, its a great loaf cake! Has never disappointed. Is it the same as my homemade banana bread…no, doesn’t have to be.

  • Yum. I shared this with my mom a few years ago. We use the muffin variation a lot. We’ve always had problems with the usual banana bread recipes being soft in the middle, until! We tried this one.

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