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Easy 4-Ingredient Banana Bread

  • Author: Snug and Cozy Life
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This easy Banana Bread recipe is such a simple way to use up your overripe bananas! It starts with a box of your favorite cake mix and makes the best, most moist dessert quick bread.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 34 medium ripe bananas
  • nonstick cooking spray

Instructions

Step One

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Next, spray two 8×4 loaf bread pans with cooking spray.

Step Two

  • Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. (There’s no need to mash the bananas, just break them into 3-4 pieces each and toss them in the bowl.)
  • Next, using an electric mixer, blend the ingredients on medium speed for about a minute until everything is combined.

Step Three

  • Now, divide the batter evenly between your two greased bread pans.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick or butter knife inserted in center of loaves comes out clean.
  • For best results, allow the pans to cool for about 15 minutes and then remove the loaves from the pans to finish cooling on a wire rack.

 

Use Mix-Ins to Create Your Favorite Banana Bread Recipe Variation

Because this recipe makes 2 loaves, you can make two different types of Banana Bread from the same batter.

I usually just divide the batter between the two loaf pans and add the ingredients right to the banana bread batter. Just take a wooden spoon and swirl the batter until the mix-ins are evenly distributed.

  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – Mix in 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips per loaf
  • Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts – Mix in 1/2 cup per loaf
  • Maraschino Cherries – 1/4 cup chopped per loaf
  • Butterscotch Chips – Mix in 1 cup per loaf
  • Cinnamon-Sugar – Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon per loaf. Sprinkle over the top of the loaf before baking
  • Blueberries – Mix in 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries per loaf
  • Coconut – Mix in 1/2 cup shredded coconut per loaf
  • Hawaiian Banana Bread – add 1/2 cup of coconut per loaf along with 1/2 cup macadamia nuts per loaf
  • The Elvis – Add 1 cup of peanut butter chips per loaf

Notes

 

Keywords: Simple Easy Cake Mix Banana Bread

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