This Banana Bread Recipe Only Takes Five Minutes…in Your Microwave!

There's no need for kneading with banana bread.

You may have noticed that it’s not just toilet paper and bottled water that’s scarce at stores. Lately, all-purpose flour and yeast don’t stand a chance on shelves. Everyone stuck indoors is starting to discover their inner baker.

Chiquita knows bananas, so when the brand published a recipe for microwavable banana bread, we take notice. Did someone say microwave? Now, that’s what we call quick bread!

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How Do You Make This Banana Bread?

You’ve probably heard of mug cakes, so you get the idea. You’ll need bananas, an egg, plus brown sugar, wheat flour and a handful of other pantry staples. Everything gets mashed and blended and divided between two mugs.

Just microwave for a few minutes—and voila—nearly instant banana bread!

You’ll need:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 banana for topping
  • 4 tablespoons wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Step 1: Prep the mugs

Generously spray two microwave-safe mugs with cooking spray or lightly coat with melted butter. (We think everything is better with butter!)

Step 2: Prep your bananas

Using a fork, mash the ripe banana in a bowl. Then, cut your remaining half banana in slices.

Step 3: Make the batter

Mix the egg, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, vegetable oil and wheat flour with the mashed banana. Then, spoon the batter into the mugs.

Step 4: Microwave

Pop into the microwave for up to 2 minutes. You’ll want to check after 60 seconds for doneness, though.

Step 5: Top with banana

Finish each mug of banana bread with two pieces of sliced banana. Enjoy!

More Ideas for Brand-New Bakers

Of all the bakes to choose from, bread can be the most intimidating (especially the yeasted kind). These easy bread recipes, though, will get you started. You’ll be turning out crusty homemade bread and perfect dinner rolls in no time!

Learn how to perfect your dough (and much, much more) with tips from one of our favorite bread bakers: The Great British Baking Show‘s Paul Hollywood.

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