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Easy Banana Bread {With Cake Mix}

Easy, soft, moist banana bread recipe (banana loaf), homemade with simple ingredients. Starts off with yellow cake mix and flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg. Topped off with melted white chocolate and toasted walnuts.

This bread makes the best breakfast, after school snack, brunch treat, or even a wonderful homemade gift for loved ones. This recipe is as easy as possible through the use of a cake mix and a few other basic ingredients. For a chocolate version try this Chocolate Banana Bread {With Cake Mix} which is a doctored cake mix as well, and has become very popular. If you happen to have a lot of ripe bananas that you are trying to use up, then try any number of these Easy Ripe Banana Recipes. There are so many wonderful options there!

Easy Banana Bread With Cake Mix Served on A White Dish

How To Make Easy Banana Bread Recipe With Cake Mix?

  1. Mix wet ingredients- This includes mashed bananas, oil, eggs.
  2. Add dry ingredients- This includes cake mix, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder.
  3. Mix– Until combined.
  4. Pour batter– In 2 prepared loaf pans.
  5. Bake– Until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool breads– Until room temperature.
  7. Do final assembly– Drizzle melted white chocolate on top and sprinkle walnuts.
Banana Loaf Slices on White Plate

Variations For Best Banana Bread

Add nuts– Such as walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, or hazelnuts. They should be toasted and roughly chopped.

Add dried fruits– Such as cranberries, cherries, raisins, dates or blueberries.

Add chocolate chips– Make sure they are mini sized because the regular sized ones will sink to the bottom during baking.

Try a different topping– Such as Peanut Butter Frosting {4 Ingredients}, Caramel Frosting {3 Ingredients}, Chocolate Ganache Frosting {2 Ingredients}, or Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

Use it in a trifle– Cut the bread into chunks and use it as the cake layer in a trifle. Check out this Chocolate Trifle and replace chocolate cake with this one.

Add extracts– Such as vanilla, almond, maple, or bourbon extracts.

Add zucchini– Replace half the quantity of bananas with shredded zucchini for some extra moisture and fiber.

Add carrots– Replace half the quantity of bananas with finely shredded carrots and add them for more sweetness and healthy fiber.

Add apples– Finely chop 1 of your favorite baking apple and add it into the batter. You can also replace some of the banana quantity with unsweetened applesauce.

Make it gluten free– Use a gluten free cake mix.

Fork Full of Cake Mix Bread- Closeup Shot

Tips And Techniques For Moist Banana Bread

Note the long baking time– It takes the full 45-50 minutes to bake bread, so make sure to allow for enough baking and cooling time after as well.

Why is my bread gummy? This most likely means the dough was over-mixed and too much gluten was produced making the bread very chewy. Be careful to not over-mix the dough.

Why did my bread sink and collapse in the middle after baking? This may have happened because the bread was not fully cooked, when removed from the oven. Make sure the temperature is correct and that is bakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Also, refrain from opening the oven door during baking because it causes hot air to escape and this results in dramatic temperature fluctuations which can also lead to sinking.

Why is my sweet bread dry? The bread is either over-baked or the ingredients were not measured properly.

How to keep cake mix bread moist after baking? After the bread is cooled, wrap it tightly in saran wrap to retain moisture.

Grease and flour the pans– Because this prevents the bread from sticking to the pan. Do not skip this step!

Don’t replace oil with butter– Because butter makes this bread too dense.

Make sure to use the ripest bananas you can find– Because they add a lot of moisture and natural sweetness.

Toppings are optional– They can be omitted, if you prefer or if you are short on time.

How to know when the bread is ready? When a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, then the bread is fully baked and ready to be removed from oven.

Cool the bread completely before drizzling topping– Otherwise it will melt and slide right off the sides.

Slice of Moist Banana Bread With Vanilla Glaze on Brown Wood Background

Storage For Banana Loaf

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 5 days.

Room temperature- In a sealed container for 2-3 days.

Freeze– Once the loaves fully cool down, wrap them tightly in saran wrap and put them in sealed freezer bags for up to 1 month. Let them thaw at room temperature for 30-40 minutes and then cut slices with a sharp knife and add toppings.

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Easy Banana Bread With Cake Mix

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Easy banana bread recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Starts off with yellow cake mix and flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg. Topped off with melted white chocolate and toasted walnuts.
Yield: 24 Slices

Ingredients

  • 3 Bananas, Ripe, Mashed
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 3 Eggs, Large
  • 1 box Yellow cake mix
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 1/4 cup Melted white chocolate , For drizzling on top, Can be replaced with simple vanilla glaze too
  • 2 tbsp Walnuts, Roughly chopped, Toasted, For topping, Optional

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add mashed bananas, oil, eggs and mix until smooth.
  • Add cake mix, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and mix until just combined.
  • Pour batter into two greased and floured loaf pans (Dimensions: 8×4).
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 45- 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow the breads to cool completely.
  • Then, remove from pans and drizzle melted white chocolate on top and sprinkle walnuts. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 166mg, Potassium: 79mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 40IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 141
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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