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Bread Machine Banana Bread

If you're looking for an easy way to make delicious banana bread, look no further than this bread machine banana bread recipe! This recipe is filled with simple ingredients and lets your bread maker do all the hard work.

I'm guilty. And you might be too!

I've been treating my beloved bread machine like... well, a bread machine, BUT they can do so much more.

One great example is this bread machine banana bread. This tasty and easy-to-make treat is a great way to use up extra bananas, and it's a perfect way to show off your bread machine's capabilities.

Best of all, bread machine banana bread is a cinch to make. And in no time at all, you'll have a delicious loaf of moist banana bread.

The moral of the story here is: don't be afraid to experiment with your bread machine. With a little creativity, you can turn out some truly amazing dishes.

This bread machine banana bread recipe is dedicated to guilt!

Overhead view of bread machine banana bread.
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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 --> Love your bread machine? Just getting used to it? Not sure yet? Check out my other bread machine recipes, which are by far some of the most popular on this blog, and consider signing up for my bread machine email series for inspiration delivered right to your inbox!

No. 2 --> Be sure to add the ingredients to the bread machine in the order specified by your manufacturer. If you're not sure or don't have access to an owner's manual, following the order I've used is a safe bet, liquid ingredients followed by dry ingredients. This will ensure that your bread mixes correctly and doesn't end up with a lumpy texture.

No. 3 --> If you want to add nuts or chocolate chips to your bread, do so after the machine has completed the first mixing cycle. My machine beeps and has a "Fruit + Nut Dispenser" so it adds them automatically for me, but if yours doesn't, listen for the pause in mixing. Adding them too early can cause them to sink to the bottom of the loaf.

No. 4 --> Speaking of nuts and chocolate, if you're adding chocolate chips and/or nuts, keep either one or both to under 1 cup. For example, use 1 cup of chopped nuts, or 1 cup of chocolate chips. If using both, for example, use 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

No. 5 --> The first time you make this recipe, keep an eye on your bread machine during the mixing cycle and during the bake cycle for the best results. Keep an eye on the mixing process, due to the small size of the mixing paddle, it may be necessary to use a spatula to scrape the edges of the bread pan to ensure proper mixing. I also found my banana bread was actually done 10 minutes before the end of the baking cycle. If the bread is done before the end of the cycle, simply hit the cancel button, unplug your bread machine, and use an oven mitt to remove the bread pan.

Slice of banana bread on a white plate.

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Key Ingredients

Bananas: Use overripe bananas, but don't panic if they aren't completely covered in black spots. In fact, I prefer to use bananas when they're just starting to get spotty. They lend a more subtle sweet banana flavor. If you prefer to use fully brown bananas, that works too!

Brown Sugar: When baking this bread, I usually use dark brown sugar, because I prefer the more subtle caramel flavor and the moistness that brown sugar brings to baked goods. Light brown sugar will also work.

Sour cream: The sour cream will not make your bread tangy, but it will make your bread incredibly moist and tender.

Ingredients required for bread machine banana bread.

How To Make Bread Machine Banana Bread

  1. Remove the bread pan from your bread machine and set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/2 cup of butter. Meanwhile, beat 2 large eggs and mash 3 ripe bananas in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Pour melted butter, beaten eggs, and mashed bananas into the pan of your bread maker.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of sour cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 packed cup of brown sugar to the bread pan.
  5. Sprinkle 2 cups of all-purpose flour on top of the wet ingredients. Followed by 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse kosher salt.
  6. Return bread pan to bread machine. And select Yeast Free Bread setting (see below for more information on settings) then press start. Keep an eye on your bread machine during the mixing part of the process, it may be necessary to use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides to ensure complete mixing.
  7. If equipped, add 1 cup of chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or a combination of both to the Fruit And Nut Dispenser on your bread machine. If your machine does not have a dispenser, add the chocolate and nuts during the break between the first and second mixing cycles.
  8. Allow bread to bake in the bread machine. Checking for doneness starting with 15 minutes left.
  9. Test the bread machine banana bread for doneness by using a toothpick inserted into the loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean, the loaf is ready, if not, the loaf needs more time.
  10. Once the bread is fully cooked, remove the loaf pan from the bread machine using oven mitts and allow it to sit undisturbed for 5-10 minutes, before turning it out onto a wire rack.
  11. Allow banana bread to cool for at least 45-60 minutes before removing the mixing paddle and slicing. Slicing your banana bread before it is completely cooled will often cause a crumbly crumb.

Best Settings For Bread Machine Banana Bread

As always, consult your owner's manual when choosing the proper setting for this recipe. It's important to know what's going to happen during that baking cycle to ensure that you get predictable, yummy results.

If you don't have access to your owner's manual, Google can help you locate one! Simply enter "Brand Model manual". For example, my bread machine would be "Breville BBM800XL manual". Most manufacturers make their manuals accessible online, thankfully!

If your Google-fu runs out and you simply cannot find a manual or information anywhere, look for a cycle that's 1 hour 30 minutes long. That should lead you in the right direction.

Most commonly the settings will be called yeast-free, cake, sweet bread, or quick bread.

It's important to use a short cycle for this quick bread recipe because there is no yeast. The rise of this bread is reliant on baking soda and baking powder, both of which can lose their uumph when mixed too long, or left to rest and then punched down prior to baking.

Sliced bread machine banana bread.

Batch + Storage

Batch:

This bread machine banana bread recipe makes 1 large loaf! I find it to be enough for 8-10 slices, depending on how heavy-handed I get with the thickness.

Storage:

Homemade banana bread can be kept at room temperature in an air-tight bag or container for up to 3 days - if it lasts that long!

This banana bread can easily be stored in the freezer for 3-4 months; either whole or in slices.

  • Whole loaf: once completely cooled, carefully wrap it in plastic wrap or tin foil. Place the wrapped loaf into a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for later enjoyment. To thaw, simply remove the loaf from the freezer and unwrap it before thawing at room temperature.
  • Sliced: once completely cooled, slice into desired width slices, we like 1/2". Wrap 1-2 slices in plastic wrap before placing the slices into a ziplock bag and storing them in the freezer for later. To thaw, remove the slices from the freezer and thaw, wrapped at room temperature.
Homemade banana bread on a wooden cutting board.

Variations + Substitutions

  1. Frozen bananas: Swap fresh bananas for frozen counterparts, just warm them up to room temperature before using!
  2. Greek yogurt: If you don't have full-fat sour cream handy, use plain, unsweetened greek yogurt, the results will be the same - delicious homemade banana bread!
  3. Bread flour: Bread flour can replace the all-purpose flour in this recipe, in part or in whole. Bread flour may give a better rise and a chewier crumb.
  4. Whole wheat: Feel free to replace up to 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a healthier treat!

Looking For Bread Machine Inspo?

Bread maker: I have and love a BREVILLE CUSTOM LOAF. It takes everything I throw at it, and I throw a LOT at it! It's got a decent footprint and can handle larger batches of bread. I also love that the loaf pan is the perfect size to fit in my kids' SISTEMA SANDWICH CONTAINERS.

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Overhead view of banana bread.
Yield: 1 loaf

Bread Machine Banana Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Looking for an easy and delicious way to make banana bread? Look no further than our bread machine banana bread recipe! This easy-to-follow recipe yields a deliciously moist and flavorful loaf of banana bread that is perfect for breakfast, snack time, or even dessert. Best of all, it can all be made in your trusty bread machine!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup full fat sour cream
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 cup add ins, like chocolate chips or chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Remove the bread pan from the bread machine and set it aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/2 cup of butter. Meanwhile, beat 2 large eggs and mash 3 ripe bananas in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Pour melted butter, beaten eggs, and mashed bananas into the pan of the bread maker.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of sour cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 packed cup of brown sugar to the bread pan.
  5. Sprinkle 2 cups of all-purpose flour on top of the wet ingredients. Followed by 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse kosher salt.
  6. Return bread pan to bread machine. And select the Yeast-Free Bread setting (see below for more information on settings) then press start. Keep an eye on your bread machine during the mixing part of the process, it may be necessary to use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides to ensure complete mixing.
  7. If equipped, add 1 cup of chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or a combination of both to the Fruit And Nut Dispenser on your bread machine. If your machine does not have a dispenser, add the chocolate and nuts during the break between the first and second mixing cycles.
  8. Bake bread in the bread machine. Checking for doneness starting with 15 minutes left. Test the bread machine banana bread for doneness by using a toothpick inserted into the loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean, the loaf is ready, if not, the loaf needs more time.
  9. Once the bread is fully cooked, remove the loaf pan from the bread machine using oven mitts and allow it to sit undisturbed for 5-10 minutes, before turning it out onto a wire rack.
  10. Allow banana bread to cool for at least 45-60 minutes before removing the mixing paddle and slicing. Slicing your banana bread before it is completely cooled will often cause a crumbly crumb.

Notes

best settings for bread machine banana bread

As always, consult your owner's manual when choosing the proper setting for this recipe.bIf you don't have access to your owner's manual, Google can help you locate one! Simply enter "Brand Model manual". For example, my bread machine would be "Breville BBM800XL manual".

If you simply cannot find a manual or information anywhere, look for a cycle that's 1 hour 30 minutes long. That should lead you in the right direction. Most commonly the settings will be called yeast-free, cake, sweet bread, or quick bread.

Batch:

This bread machine banana bread recipe makes 1 large loaf! I find it to be enough for 8-10 slices, depending on how heavy-handed I get with the thickness.

Storage:

Homemade banana bread can be kept at room temperature in an air-tight bag or container for up to 3 days - if it lasts that long!

This banana bread can easily be stored in the freezer for 3-4 months; either whole or in slices.

  • Whole loaf: once completely cooled, carefully wrap it in plastic wrap or tin foil. Place the wrapped loaf into a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for later enjoyment. To thaw, simply remove the loaf from the freezer and unwrap it before thawing at room temperature.
  • Sliced: once completely cooled, slice into desired width slices. Wrap 1-2 slices in plastic wrap before placing the slices into a ziplock bag and storing them in the freezer for later. To thaw, remove the slices from the freezer and thaw, wrapped at room temperature.

variations + substitutions

  1. Frozen bananas: Swap fresh bananas for frozen counterparts, just warm them up to room temperature before using!
  2. Greek yogurt: If you don't have full-fat sour cream handy, use plain, unsweetened greek yogurt, the results will be the same - delicious homemade banana bread!
  3. Bread flour: Bread flour can replace the all-purpose flour in this recipe, in part or in whole. Bread flour may give a better rise and a chewier crumb.
  4. Whole wheat: Feel free to replace up to 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a healthier treat!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 342mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 3gSugar: 32gProtein: 6g

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