3-Ingredient EASY Banana Bread

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This 3-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.

This 3-Ingredient Easy Banana Bread recipe is seriously THE EASIEST cake or bread recipe that I have ever made!  It started out as a sort-of experiment, but to my amazement, came out the perfect texture, was incredibly moist, and tasted delicious!

This 3-Ingredient Easy 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.

So what is this magical recipe?  What are those 3 simple ingredients?  Well, of course, bananas is one.  They need to be over-ripe bananas that 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 for smoothies or banana ice cream! For more Freezer Hacks, download this Free Meal Prep Freezer Hack Sheet!

This 3-Ingredient Easy 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.

And the key ingredient?  Drum roll please… PANCAKE MIX!  Pancake mix is great for those times when you are in a pinch and need to make something fast.  It 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 and both worked great.

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, as I am not counting water or the Extra Virgin Olive Oil needed to coat the pan.

That’s it!  Mix 2 Cups Pancake Mix with 3/4 Cups Water and 1 tsp Vanilla Extract.  Then add 3  over-ripe bananas and mash.  If it is still too dry, add another teaspoon of water until the dry ingredients are all moist.

Mix to combine, pour into a bread pan and then bake in the oven 350 degrees F 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.

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

3.67 from 9 votes

3-Ingredient Easy Banana Bread

This 3-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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 Slices
Author Carrie Tyler


  • 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 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Bananas, over-ripened
  • 3/4 cups Water
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. Pour into a bread pan that has been sprayed with a little extra virgin olive oil.

    This 3-Ingredient Easy 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.
  5. 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.

    This 3-Ingredient Easy 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.
  6. After the bread is done, let sit for 10 minutes before cutting.  Enjoy!

    This 3-Ingredient Easy 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.

64 thoughts on “3-Ingredient EASY Banana Bread

  1. Did not work for me! After 1 hr. Nice and brown but totally raw in middle; 15 more minutes, too brown but still raw inside!! I used Krusteaz complete buttermilk pancake mix. Could that be the problem? Very disappointing!

    1. Dear Carol, I checked the recipe again and it appears that the amount of water had incorrectly loaded into the recipe! I am mortified and so incredibly sorry for this! In my post, I note to mix in 3/4 cup water. However, in the recipe it previously said 1.5 cups, which I have now corrected. If you try it again with the correct 3/4 cup water, it should work great. Again, I cannot tell you how incredibly sorry I am for this oversight. It has now been corrected. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! Best, Carrie

      1. I just made one. Used one cup of water. It’s not great but edible. I’ll try one tomorrow with corrected amount. My Dad misses my Moms, he doesn’t mind that much.

    2. I made muffins instead and the 3/4 cup of water worked perfect. I baked it for 25 min. 😍

    1. Hi Candice, Great! I love this easy Banana Bread! Takes just minutes to pull together and is moist and yummy. Let me know how it goes! Take Care, Carrie 🙂

        1. Hi Kathy! Thanks for the question, it’s a good one. Apologies as that is confusing. I was just letting you know that the link was to a pack of 2 (I like to buy in bulk!). You are correct, however, that the recipe only calls for 2 cups of the mix. Thanks again and I will update the post to remove that “2 boxes” comment as it is confusing.
          Happy Cooking! Carrie 🙂

  2. 1 star
    This recipe was pretty simple but no go for me, it just shriveled up and was completely undercooked. I had a friend use pancake mix to make banana bread once but I didn’t get the recipe. I’ll keep searching. Thank you though.

    1. Just did this recipe. It did not turn out. Like previously said, after an hour in oven, done on outside, raw on the inside. Followed the exact recipe!

      1. I’m so sorry to hear this, Ashley! I’m not sure why it didn’t work for you. What brand/type of pancake mix did you use?

        1. Yes, you can cut the recipe in half. You can either bake it in a loaf pan and have it be a thinner bread where you cut it into squares. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes and start checking doneness with a toothpick, adding 5-10 minutes depending on how wet it may be still.
          Or you can bake it in a muffin tin and fill as many muffins as you can. Bake at 400F and start checking at 15 minutes.
          Let me know how it goes!

    1. Hi! So sorry for the delayed response. I have never tried this recipe with plantains, but they are a very different texture than bananas and may still be too firm to mix in to the batter. You may end up getting big chunks of plantain without all of the banana flavor throughout. Let me know if you tried it and how it went! Thanks!

  3. I used a square cake pan, still had to bake well over an hour, but turned out great. Never would have cooked in the center if I used a loaf pan. Also added 1/2 cup chopped walnuts!

  4. I am so excited to try this! I was laying in bed last night thinking of what I had on hand and wondered if anyone had ever made banana bread out of pancake mix. I was very excited to see that you had and it worked!

    1. Thanks, Amber! Let me know how it goes! Just a note, it does need to be “complete” pancake mix. And it will definitely take the full hour to cook through. Some people have told me that a 9×9 worked better than a loaf pan to cook it all the way to the center better, so you may want to try that, but test the center with a toothpick earlier, starting at 30 minutes. My loaf turned out perfect time and time again. Please let me know how it goes!

    1. I just made this recipe with bisquick don’t know how it will Turn out it’s still in the oven. ***Didn’t have no pancake mix or no flour*** we will see what happens after the hour in the oven.

    1. Hi Anita! Thanks so much for the question. Yes, you can double the recipe and cook it in a 9×13. Just make sure to watch and test the center as the cooking time will vary vs. the loaf pan size. Please let me know how it goes!
      Thanks again, Carrie

  5. 5 stars
    I added cinnamon powder, walnuts and honey, pour on aluminum tray, and bake for 60 minutes, came out delicious, crusty on the top, soft on the middle. Thank you.

    1. Hi Joe, Thank you so much! I love the additions that you made with the cinnamon, walnuts, and honey. What size pan did you use?
      Wishing you the best!

  6. Followed your direction using Kruteaz pancake mix. It expired a few months ago but I was desperate to use those bananas. I used 8 by8 glass pan. I added cinnamon, a pinch of allspice, and a handful of frozen blueberries. Sprinkled with sugar on top…to me its bread to others maybe a coffee cake….family devoured it. I’m making another batch today. Thanks for posting your recipe and photos!

    1. Hi Val, That sounds delicious! Thank you so much and I’m so happy you sent me this message, it made my morning :). I will definitely have to try your variations!
      Take Care, Carrie

  7. Mine is in the oven now, just realized that my pancake mix isn’t complete I just used what I had. How will it affect it??? I used Aunt Jemima original

    1. Hi Nicole, sorry for the delay! Complete means just add water. If your mix calls for eggs, you will need to agg those as well. How did it turn out? Thanks!!

  8. Question…my pancake mix also calls for me to add in eggs. Does that mean I add the eggs? I don’t know what ‘complete mix’ is that you refer to 🙂 the amount of mix you call for is what my mix says so I think it’ll work?? Lol

    1. Hi! Yes, I would add in the eggs if it calls for them. Complete usually means no eggs are needed, just water. Let me know how it goes!

    1. Hi Kathy, if using a standard muffin tin (not mini muffins), I would start to check the muffins at 15-18 min by inserting a toothpick into the center of one muffin. If it is wet, put them in for another 5 minutes at a time until done. If moist, but not quite done, then bake another 2 minutes at a time. Of course, if the toothpick comes out clean, then you are good to go! Let me know how it goes!
      Thanks and take care, Carrie

  9. So excited to have found this recipe this morning! Was feeling like a lazy baker but had to use these bananas before they had to be thrown away! So super easy & is absolutely delicious!!

    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Meghann, Thanks so much for sending this note! I’m so happy it worked out for you 🙂

  10. I actually added 1/2 cup milk, tbs honey and cinnamon and 1/2 cup walnuts let’s see how it comes out!!

  11. 5 stars
    Fricking amazing! Easy, delicious. Followed the recipe exactly, but plan to add chocolate chips or blueberries next time. Easiest recipe on the planet!

  12. I substituted Jumex pineapple coconut nectar for the water — delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

  13. Baked over an hour. Did not cook inside. This recipe should’ve been corrected or removed. Pancake mix needs to be “complete”. Otherwise you need to add eggs. I guess the water amount had been corrected 3/4 cup or 1-1/2 c. ?

    1. Hi Carol, I’m so sorry that you had trouble with this recipe. Yes, it is indeed COMPLETE Pancake mix. The recipe on the blog was corrected a year ago to clarify ‘complete’ and to show 3/4c water, so I’m sorry that you somehow came across an older version somewhere. Was that on Pinterest or somewhere else? Again, I do apologize for the confusion and a recipe that did not work for you. Thank you for bringing this to my attention and thanks in advance for letting me know where the old recipe was found so I can pull it and make sure no one else has the same problem.
      Best Wishes, Carrie

  14. 5 stars
    Hi, Thanks for your recipe. I had some bananas that were too ripe to eat and I didn’t want to throw them away so I started looking for eggless recipes and found yours. I tried it right away and I just took it out of the oven beautifully brown with a clean tester. Waiting patiently to taste it. I tweaked it a little by adding coconut flakes, dried cranberries and mini dark chocolate. I added a bit more water so it looked like cake batter. Thanks again.

  15. 5 stars
    Used milk instead of water, added walnuts and chocolate chips. So good! Next time will try chunks of pineapple. Very easy. Thank you.

  16. I made this this morning I didn’t add any water but I did add 1 cup of oldfashiond oats, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, some cinnamon, ginger and vanilla put it in a bunt pan and cooked it for 25 minutes (could have cooked it a little longer but had to pull it out so I could put the turkey in) came out great

  17. Hello there, dying to try this recipe but I don’t have any vanilla, is there something I can replace that with?
    Thanks, Belinda. Australia.

    1. Hi Belinda, I am so sorry that I missed this question earlier! You can leave out the vanilla all together or you can use a teaspoon of cinnamon. The recipe will be sweet from the bananas, so the vanilla just brings a bit more flavor depth, but it’s not absolutely necessary for the recipe to work. Were you able to make this? Again, I’m so sorry for the late reply!!!
      Happy Cooking!

  18. 2 stars
    Made muffins. Baked for over 45 minutes the outside was nice and brown the inside was gooey and undercooked. Afraid if I baked them any longer the outside would be burnt.

  19. This was the most tasteless banana bread ever. It needs some brown sugar. Also needs something to help it rise a bit.

  20. 5 stars
    Just moved into a new home and was without a lot of baking ingredients so this recipe was convenient, easy and fast to make – even without a mixer.
    I doubled the recipe and baked it in a bundt pan (used butter instead of olive oil). To the batter I added 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar & some cinnamon (for additional flavor & moistness). I also added slightly more than 1/2 cup chopped trail mix – because I wanted more texture and it was all I had in my pantry. The trail mix had dried cranberries, raisins, almonds & pumpkin seeds. I baked it for about 50 minutes – waited 5 minutes then turned the cake over. I made a thin glaze of brown sugar with fresh squeezed orange juice & drizzled it over the “bundt cake” while it was warm. My husband loved it saying it tasted like a festive fruit cake! Thanks for this simple & quick recipe!

  21. Hey Carrie! I just tried this recipe! So easy! I used 2 Cups of Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Pancake and Waffle Mix, Peanut Butter flavor and substituted milk for the water. Came out perfect and loaded with protein! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Hi there so I just finished mixing the ingredients plus I added Hersheys Reese peanut butter chips, then placed it in the oven. This is only my second time making banana bread, the first one I kinda burnt the top of it for some reason, this was a completely different recipe than this one so crossing my fingers that it turns out this time.

    1. Hi Stephanie! Oh my, peanut butter chips sound heavenly in this! Please let me know how it turns out.

    1. Yes! Use Bisquick Complete (no eggs needed). If it’s not complete, then make sure to add eggs according to the instructions on the box.

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