How To Make Banana Bread In A Bread Machine


You might think baking banana bread from scratch is necessary. With HOW TO MAKE BANANA BREAD IN A BREAD MACHINE, you’ll have the perfect recipe for delicious banana bread, made in a bread maker for all of your baking needs.

If you like eating banana bread you better learn how to make banana bread in a bread machine. And I’m going to tell you just how to do it.


This bread machine banana bread recipe helps you to easily create a delicious banana bread… just like Grandma’s! Also since you are using a bread machine, you will be doing a ton less work than Grandma did when she made her traditional banana bread. Your family will love this easy banana bread recipe.

Sliced Bread Machine Banana Bread

Bread Machine Banana Bread

The key to great banana bread is… RIPE bananas!!! If you use bananas that are hard & yellow or even worse green, they will contain too much starch and not enough natural sugars. As bananas ripen, they convert this starch into sugar. According to Wikipedia, “The greener, less ripe bananas contain higher levels of starch and, consequently, have a “starchier” taste. On the other hand, yellow bananas taste sweeter due to higher sugar concentrations”. FYI – You will know if a banana is ripe when it is soft and shows small brown & black spots on the yellow exterior of the banana.

Ripe Banana

Once you have mastered how to make this basic bread machine banana bread, you can experiment by adding other ingredients such as blueberries, cranberries, chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, etc. See the tips section below in order to learn how to make bread machine banana nut bread, bread machine chocolate chip banana bread & bread machine blueberry banana bread.

Since the banana bread recipe on this page is done in a bread machine, it is simple & easy to make. It should take you only 10 minutes or so to prepare and then you let the bread machine do the rest of the work. For more bread machine recipes (i.e. white bread, oatmeal bread, French bread & pizza dough), please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section.

Ingredients – Bread Machine Banana Bread Recipe – 2 lb Loaf

  • 8 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 – Eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 Teaspoon – Vanilla Extract
  • 3 – Bananas (ripe & MEDIUM-sized bananas) – 3 medium bananas should equal 1 cup of mashed bananas.
  • 1 Cup – Light Brown Sugar (packed cup)
  • 2 Cups – Flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon – Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup – Chopped Walnuts or Mini Chocolate Chips (optional)

Servings – Approximately 12 slices

Equipment – Measuring cup & spoons, soft flexible spatula, oven mitts, wire cooling rack… and of course, a bread machine!

Optional – Add Mini Chocolate Chips or Chopped Walnuts

Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions – Bread Machine Banana Bread Recipe

  • Prep Time – 10 minutes
  • Baking Time – 1:40 hours
  • Bread Machine Settings – Sweet Quick Bread, Light Color, 2 lb
  • Beat the eggs.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Soften the butter in microwave.
  • Add the eggs, butter & bananas into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients. Try to follow the order of the ingredients listed above so that liquid ingredients are placed in the bread pan first and the dry ingredients second. Be aware that the bread pan should be removed from the bread machine before you start to add any ingredients. This helps to avoid spilling any material inside the bread machine. The bread machine should always be unplugged when removing the bread pan.
  • Put the bread pan (with all of the ingredients) back into the bread machine, close the bread machine lid and then plug in the bread machine.
  • Enter the bread machine settings (Sweet Quick Bread, Light Color) and press the start button. FYI – Before making this recipe, please read the tips section below for more information regarding the sweet quick bread setting used to make banana breads. The setting may be called “quick bread”, “quick bread/cake”, “cake”, etc. However, some manufacturers use the “quick bread” setting for rapid sandwich-type breads that use yeast (and not for quick breads such as banana bread that use baking powder/soda). Therefore, this setting can be very confusing… but the tips section below will help you to find the right setting to use on your machine. You need to enter the correct banana bread setting used by your SPECIFIC bread machine model or the banana bread could be under or overcooked.
  • Optional – If you want to add chopped walnuts or mini chocolate chips to enhance this basic banana bread recipe, please add them after the first bread machine mixing cycle and before the second mixing (final mixing).
  • When the bread machine has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine, remove the bread pan and place it on a wooden cutting board. Use oven mitts when removing the bread pan because it will be very hot!
  • After removing the bread pan from the bread machine, you should let the banana bread stay within the warm bread pan on a wooden cutting board for 10 minutes (as this finishes the baking process) before you remove the banana bread from the bread pan. Wear oven mitts.
  • After the 10 minute “cooldown”, you should remove the banana bread from the bread pan and place the banana bread on a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Use oven mitts when removing the bread.
  • You should allow the banana bread to completely cool before cutting. This can take up to 2 hours. Otherwise, the banana bread will break (crumble) more easily when cut.
  • Please read the tips section below for extra information on how to make this recipe successfully and to avoid common bread machine problems with moister “quick bread” recipes such as banana bread.

Bread Machine Banana Bread

Slices of banana bread made in a bread machine
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Prep:20 minsCook:2 hrsTotal:2 hrs 20 minsServings:8 to 10 servingsYield:1 loaf171

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)SAVE RECIPE

Using a bread machine makes baking banana bread easier than ever. The bread machine helps make soft, delicious banana bread and allows it to stay perfectly moist throughout the process. It’s also an excellent way to use up ripe bananas without turning on the oven, perfect when you want homemade banana bread in the heat of summer.

Using the bread machine makes for an almost completely hands-off process with very little mess: almost everything gets mixed right in the pan you bake it in. But it’s important to remember that all bread machines are different, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the model you own in order to ensure success. Also, make sure the bread machine is ready to go before you start mixing; once the wet and dry ingredients are combined in the pan, it needs to be mixed and baked right away. Many machines have a setting for quick bread; if not, you can use the machine’s rapid bread program or manual settings. At the end of the cycle, use a toothpick to check the doneness of your bread and bake it a little longer if it’s not done.

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“A simple and quick banana bread that you can make in your bread machine

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A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk, room temperature
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/3 cups bread flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted chopped nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds

Steps to Make It


  1. Gather the ingredients.Ingredients for banana bread
  2. Add the eggs, butter, milk, and bananas to the bread pan and set aside.Eggs, bananas, butter, and milk added to the bread machine pan
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nuts).Dry ingredients in a bowl for banana bread
  4. Mix well and add to the bread pan.Dry ingredients added to the bread machine pan
  5. Use the setting for quick bread (or equivalent).Fnished banana bread in the bread machine pan
  6. When it’s done baking, remove the pan from the machine. Let the bread sit for about 10 minutes, then remove it from the pan and set the loaf on a wire rack to finish cooling.

Banana Bread – Quick Bread for Machines

A quick banana bread for the bread machine. Use the DOUGH setting for mixing, then BAKE with the control set to light.


Banana Bread - Quick Bread for Machines

Recipe Summary

Cook:50 minsAdditional:10 minsTotal:1 hr 15 minsPrep:15 minsServings:10Yield:1 1-pound loaf


Decrease Serving10Increase ServingAdjustOriginal recipe yields 10 servingsIngredient Checklist

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine.
  • Step 2Select the Dough setting, and press Start. Mix the bread for 3 to 5 minutes until the bananas are mashed and all ingredients are thoroughly combined. If necessary, use a rubber spatula to push the dough from the sides of the bread pan. When 3 to 5 minutes have passed on the clock display, press Stop. Do not continue mixing. Smooth out the top of the loaf with the rubber spatula.
  • Step 3Select the Bake setting, and press Start. The Bake cycle time may vary with machines, but should be about 50 minutes. To test the bread for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center top. Remove the toothpick. If the bread is done, the toothpick will come out clean. If there is batter on the toothpick, reset the machine on Bake and continue to bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Test again with the toothpick to ensure the bread is completely baked. Remove the pan from the machine, but allow the bread to remain in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the bread to cool completely on a wire rack.

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