3-Ingredient Banana Bread Recipe photo by Eric Kleinberg and Kristina Vanni for Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 5 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
It won't be long before you're able to make this 3-ingredient banana bread without looking at the recipe!

Updated: Mar. 27, 2024

We promise that this is the easiest banana bread recipe you will ever find. You need only three simple ingredients: a box of cake mix, mashed ripe bananas and two eggs. That’s it!

3-Ingredient Banana Bread Ingredients

Banana Bread IngredientsERIC KLEINBERG AND KRISTINA VÄNNI FOR TASTE OF HOME

  • Very ripe bananas
  • Yellow cake mix
  • Eggs

Directions

Step 1: Mash the bananas

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The key to flavorful banana bread is using very ripe bananas. As the skin darkens, the banana flavor becomes more pronounced. You’ll need 1-1/2 cups of mashed bananas for this recipe, so we used about 3 ripe bananas.

Step 2: Mix the ingredients

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In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas with the cake mix and eggs. Mix well until the ingredients are combined.

Step 3: Bake

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Transfer the batter to a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert onto the rack to cool completely before slicing.

3-Ingredient Banana Bread Variations

You can add some mix-ins to make each loaf of banana bread special. It won’t be “3-ingredient” banana bread, but it will be tasty! Add a teaspoon or two of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for flavor. For texture, toss in a handful of toasted nuts, chocolate chips or even dried fruit.

How do you store 3-ingredient banana bread?

This 3-ingredient banana bread can be kept wrapped on the countertop at room temperature for up to three days. It can also be wrapped and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to three months.

3-Ingredient Banana Bread Tips

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What do you serve on 3-ingredient banana bread?

Serve with a pat of butter, a slather of peanut butter or even Nutella. Leftovers of this banana bread also make great French toast!

Can you use other cake mix flavors?

Yes! You can use any flavor of cake mix here. We chose yellow cake mix for the classic version, but you can use a spice cake mix for added flavor or a chocolate cake mix for an indulgent chocolate banana bread. This recipe also works well for those with dietary restrictions—just use gluten-free cake mix!

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 45 min
Yield 16 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3-4 medium bananas)
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine eggs and bananas. Gradually stir in cake mix just until combined. Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 136 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

This is the perfect banana bread recipe to mix and match with your favorite ingredients. Stir in chopped nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips. Or, add ground cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. The sky's the limit! —Kristina Vanni, Libertyville, Illinois