This moist banana bread is so delicious that people are always surprised it's made with a cake mix! It only takes three ingredients and about 5 minutes to mix and it's ready for the oven. It smells so good when it's baking.
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This is truly the easiest banana bread recipe you can make. The bananas take the place of the oil you would normally add so this recipe is lower fat than many other quick bread recipes. My other favorite banana recipe is this chocolate banana muffin recipe made with a cake mix. Another cake mix recipe that is super easy and delicious are these two ingredient pumpkin muffins.
This easy cake mix banana bread is so versatile. It's perfect for dessert or a snack, and I love a piece for breakfast with my coffee! It's great to have handy, especially when you have guests (or kids!).
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Why I love this recipe
This is a delicious and quick sweet bread. You only need three things to make this. Cake mix, ripe bananas, and eggs are all you need!
You do not add oil to this recipe. The bananas and eggs make up for the oil. This is a great recipe when you are trying to cut down on additional oil in your diet.
This simple banana bread is made in one bowl. I love it when you don't have a bunch of dishes to wash when you bake!
The taste and texture are what you anticipate when you smell it baking. Your home smells so good and inviting when you are baking this.
I always end up having extra bananas that are on my counter. This is the perfect recipe to use up any bananas you have that are getting a little over-ripe. I love not wasting the bananas and love how inexpensive this recipe is to make!
This recipe uses only three simple ingredients, which are inexpensive and probably in your home.
Yellow Cake Mix - I love making easy cake mix recipes with Betty Crocker mixes. I've used them for years and they always work! You can certainly use your favorite cake mix or what is readily available (or even homemade mix).
Eggs - Two large eggs help bind the ingredients. I recommend taking them out of the fridge prior to starting so they are closer to room temperature.
Tip - Room-temperature Eggs blend into the batter more evenly and help the loaf rise highter. If you want to raise the temperature of eggs quickly, put them into a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes.
Bananas - They add natural sweetness and flavor. Plus, we don't add any oil in this recipe. The bananas are a substitute for the oil here. That's a big plus, don't you think?
Flavor additions (optional)
Adding 1 to 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon adds a nice cinnamon flavor.
Another option is adding 1 ½ cups of your favorite chocolate chips.
Do you like a little crunch? Pecan or walnut pieces are wonderful in this simple bread.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. I'm using a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Prepare the loaf pan by adding parchment paper cut to size. I also spray it with some no-stick spray. It makes the loaf so easy to take out!
Peel 3 medium bananas and mash. I use a mixer to 'mash' this since it's faster and easier. Make sure to leave it just a little lumpy so there still is some banana pieces. It should not be a smooth batter.
Add eggs and give it a quick mix (either by hand or with a hand mixer).
Add the cake mix and stir (or use mixer) until just mixed. Do not overmix or attempt to mix it until smooth.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes in the 350º oven. Check with a toothpick to determine if done.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes in loaf pan. Pull out loaf by using parchment paper and place onto a wire rack to cool. The banana bread can be sliced (and is delicious) while still warm.
This yellow cake banana bread will be fine on the counter (wrapped) for three days. It will last up to a week in the fridge. This quick bread can be frozen for up to 3 months if well-wrapped.
Here is a very similar three-ingredient recipe where I make easy but delicious banana muffins. It's similar to this recipe and takes less time to bake because muffins are smaller.
The other common-sized loaf pans are 8 ½ x 4 ½ inches. I would recommend making 2 loaves if using the smaller loaf pans. Reduce the baking time to approximately 40 minutes and test with a toothpick to see when it's done.
Some ovens are hotter than others. I would recommend putting an oven safe thermometer in yours to see what the actual temperature is vs. the temperature you are setting it to. My last oven was 10º hotter than it was supposed to be so I always set the temperature 10º lower.
A tip: if you are nervous about over-baking something. Test with a toothpick 10 minutes prior to the recommended completion time.
Other Delicious 3 Ingredient Recipes
Easy Three Ingredient Banana Bread
- 1 Package yellow cake mix I like Betty Crocker
- 2 large eggs
- 3 medium bananas ripe or over-ripe
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. My loaf pan is 9 x 5 inches.
- Peel 3 medium bananas and mash. Mash bananas until there are small chunks. You do not want a smooth texture because you want to see bits of banana in the banana bread.
- Add two large eggs and mix into bananas.
- Add cake mix into egg and banana mixture. Stir in until just mixed. You do NOT add any of the other ingredients listed on the back of the box.
- Bake until toothpick comes out clean from the middle. This normally takes 50 minutes in my oven.
- Let cool for 10 minutes after removing from the oven. Use the parchment paper to lift out of loaf pan and place on a wire rack to cool.Can be sliced when warm. I find cutting this in 12 gives nice sized slices.
StorageThis yellow cake banana bread will be fine on the counter (wrapped) for three days. It will last up to a week in the fridge. This quick bread can be frozen for up to 3 months if well wrapped.
Nutrition information is an estimate only provided as a courtesy using an ingredient database. Garnish and optional ingredients are not included in the calculations.