This 4 Ingredient Banana Bread made with Pancake mix could not be any EASIER! It is moist, delicious, and so incredibly simple!
This 4 Ingredient Easy Banana Bread recipe is such an easy recipe to make and it’s incredibly moist and so delicious!
It’s seriously THE EASIEST cake or bread recipe that I have ever made because it starts with pancake mix, which I always seem to have 3 half boxes of in the pantry! It started out as a sort-of experiment, but to my amazement, came out the perfect texture, was incredibly moist, and tasted delicious! This is the best way to satisfy any banana bread cravings you might have.
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Simple Ingredients for 4 Ingredient Banana Bread
So what is this delicious banana bread recipe? What are those 4 simple ingredients? Well, of course, bananas is one. You will need 3 large bananas or 4 small.
Normally in baking, you want fresh fruit, but in this case you ideally want overripe bananas that have lots of brown spots. I mean, when you look at them you think, yep those have seen better days and you may typically just toss into the trash. BUT DON’T! Use these perfectly nearly-black-all-over beauties for this recipe.
BTW, you can also slice these over-ripe bananas up and freeze them. Frozen bananas are perfect for smoothies or banana ice cream! For more Freezer Hacks, download this Free Meal Prep Freezer Hack Sheet!
Complete Pancake Mix
And the key ingredient or secret ingredient is COMPLETE PANCAKE MIX! Pancake mix is great for those times when you are in a pinch and need to make something fast. You want COMPLETE mix only requiring added water. If you buy a pancake mix that requires eggs, then you will need to add eggs. Complete pancake mix includes several of the ingredients in a banana bread recipe…flour, baking powder, sugar, salt…all pre-measured and combined for you. NOTE: I used Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix Buttermilk. I also tried Maple Grove Farms Complete Pancake Mix and both worked great.
Other 2 Ingredients
- I do recommend adding Vanilla Extract to this when you mix the pancake dry ingredients with Water. The vanilla just makes this recipe extra delicious and is such a great pairing with the bananas. That is the 3rd ingredient.
- The final ingredient in this easy 4-Ingredient Banana Bread (as I am not counting water since it is readily available) is the Extra Virgin Olive Oil needed to coat the pan. You can also use cooking spray.
How to Make 4 Ingredient Banana Bread
For this ridiculously simple banana bread recipe, mix 2 Cups Pancake Mix with ¾ Cups Water and 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract. Then add 3 overripe bananas and mash using a fork, a potato masher, or even a hand mixer. If it is still too dry, add another teaspoon of water until the dry ingredients are all moist.
Mix to combine the wet ingredients with the dry. Then pour the banana bread batter into a prepared loaf pan that has been oiled. Bake in the oven 350 F degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. If the toothpick comes out wet the first time, put the bread back in for 5 more minutes at a time until done.
While this is quick bread in terms of a fast preparation, it does require an hour for the baking.
That’s it! ENJOY! 😍 Carrie
4-Ingredient Banana Bread Recipe FAQs
You want COMPLETE mix only requiring added water. If you buy a pancake mix that requires eggs, then you will need to add eggs (follow directions for # of eggs per 2 cups of mix). Complete pancake mix includes several of the ingredients in a banana bread recipe…all purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, salt…all pre-measured and combined for you. NOTE: I used Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix Buttermilk. I also tried Maple Grove Farms Complete Pancake Mix and both worked great.
First, you want to bring the banana bread to room temperature before covering it and storing it. If you cover the banana bread while hot or even warm, steam will make the bread soggy. You can let it cool in the pan or remove the bread and put on a wire rack. Once cooled, you can cover it or wrap it in plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for 1 day, but I do recommend storing it in the refrigerator for any longer than that. This banana bread will last for up to 5 days in the fridge.
Yes, you can freeze this baked banana bread. First, make sure to completely cool the loaf of banana bread before covering it. If you cover the banana bread while hot or even warm, steam will make the bread soggy. Once cooled, you can place the bread in an airtight container or plastic bag. Then freeze it for up to 9 months. To thaw it, place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours to thaw.
You can certainly add additional flavors to this! Cinnamon (1 tsp), brown sugar (1-2 tablespoons), maple syrup (1 tablespoon), nutmeg (¼ tsp), lemon zest (zest from half or whole lemon), or even ginger (½ tsp) are all delicious options!! You could even add in peanut butter or almond butter (¼ cup) or chocolate chips (¼ cup to ½ cup)! For chocolate chips, milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips are all great.
4 Ingredient Easy Banana Bread with Pancake Mix
This 4 Ingredient Banana Bread could not be any EASIER! It is moist, delicious, and so incredibly simple that you can whip it up in 5 minutes, then bake it in the oven.
- 2 cups Pancake Mix, COMPLETE mix only requiring added water note, I tried 2 different pancake mixes, Aunt Jemima and Maple Grove Farms and both worked great
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 Bananas, over-ripened
- ¾ cups Water
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, add the pancake mix, water, and vanilla extract. Mix to combine. If it is still too dry, add another tablespoon of water and again until the dry ingredients are all moist.
Peel and break up 3 bananas into the bread mixture. Mash up the bananas into the mix and stir to completely combined. Keep some chunks as this will help to keep the bread extremely moist and textured.
Pour into a bread pan that has been sprayed with a little extra virgin olive oil.
Bake in the oven for 60 minutes or until a toothpick placed into the center of the bread comes out clean. You can start checking at 50 minutes. If the toothpick comes out wet the first time, put the bread back in for 5 more minutes at a time until done.
After the bread is done, let sit for 10 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!