Bread Machine Banana Bread

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This bread machine banana bread is a yeasted version of the classic recipe and is easy to slice. Add a dot of savory pecans for a bit of crunch. Warm and comforting, the heavenly aroma of cinnamon-spiced bananas baking soothes the soul. You'll find the loaf to be lighter and fluffier than your regular quick bread. This easy bread machine recipe is featured in The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook.

Banana bread wrapped in a tea towel sits next to fresh bananas and a bowl of cream cheese. A basket of eggs in the back.

Traditional quick bread banana bread is filled with tons of sugar and butter, sometimes even cooking oil. It's delicious, but definitely a treat.

If you'd like to try a lighter, healthier version of everyone's favorite way to use ripe bananas, this is the best banana bread recipe you'll ever find!

With just 2 tbsp of butter and only 3 tbsp of sugar in the 1.5-pound loaf, this yeasted banana bread has a lighter and fluffier texture with a crispy outer crust.

It is easy to slice and works perfectly in your toaster. Try making amazing peanut butter toast or spreading cream cheese or Nutella on it for a special breakfast treat.

This is one of our family's favorite recipes from The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook and we're so excited to share it with you.

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Why This is the Best Recipe

I love each and every one of these delicious bread machine recipes but I think this is the best bread machine banana bread recipe because:

  1. Sweet and Easy: All the flavors of banana bread that you love in an easy bread maker recipe.
  2. Sliceable Bread: Rather than a cake-like quick bread, this bread maker banana bread can be sliced for toast, french toast, or sandwiches. (But if you prefer, you can find my favorite banana quick bread recipe here.
  3. Nuts or No Nuts: I think this recipe tastes best with some chopped pecans in the mix, but you can make it nut free if you prefer.

Ingredients

This simple bread machine recipe has just a few easy ingredients:

The ingredients for the banana bread are on the counter.
  • Fresh Bananas
  • Bread flour
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Yeast: Instant or Bread Machine Yeast
  • Chopped pecans *Optional

See recipe card for quantities.

Instructions

The bread machine banana bread starts just like all other bread maker recipes:

First, decide which size bread loaf you want to make based on the size of your bread machine. I've included both a 1 1/2-pound and a 2-pound version of this recipe.

Follow the ingredient quantities in the recipe card according to the loaf size you chose.

Then, add the liquid ingredients to your bread pan fitted with the paddle attachment.

The wet ingredients for the banana bread are in the bread machine bread pan.

Pour in the milk, mashed bananas, egg, and softened butter.

HINT: Always cut your softened butter into smaller chunks, it is so much easier for that small bread machine paddle to properly knead the dough and work the butter into your bread.

Next, add the dry ingredients to your bread pan:

The dry ingredients for the banana bread are in the bread machine bread pan.

Add the bread flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and yeast right on top of the wet ingredients. Reserve the pecans for the mix-in stage later!

It is a best practice to sprinkle the salt around the perimeter of the bread pan so you can keep it away from the yeast until just the right time.

Use a spoon to make a well in the center of the flour, place the yeast in the well.

Place the bread pan back inside the bread machine and then:

  1. Select the WHITE or BASIC program (depending on your machine's settings.)
  2. Select the coordinating loaf size (1 1/2-pound or 2-pound)
  3. Press START

Note: Some machines also have a Crust Color setting, I usually use Light or Medium. You'll want to select this before hitting START.

Place the pecans next to your bread maker so you're ready to add them at the mix-in stage.

Most machines will beep when it is time for you to add them, check your bread maker manual to see how your machine handles nuts and raisins.

This is one of the big reasons I adore our Breville bread machine. The automatic dispenser on the top of the lid lets me load the pecans when I'm setting the program. The trap door opens automatically when it is time to add them to the dough:

A photo collage shows the nut dispenser on the Breville bread maker. Photo at top shows chopped pecans filling the dispenser, the bottom two photos show the trap door opened and closed.

The machine will knead together the ingredients to form a firm ball of dough.

Let the machine progress through:

  • the kneading phase
  • the first rise
  • the brief second kneading

At this point, if you want you could remove the paddle from the bread pan so it doesn't bake into your loaf.

Simply nudge the dough ball back into place.

Most of the bread makers we tested will take about 3 1/2 hours or so from start to finish to bake the bread.

Equipment

This is a bread machine recipe and will require a bread maker to make it. If you don't have one, read our thoughts on whether a bread maker is worth it here.

Want to get a bread machine? Here are the reviews we did of the bread machines we tested while writing the best bread machine cookbook:

Storage

This bread is best served the day it has been baked, warm out of the bread machine.

However, it will keep for 3 - 4 days in a bread box or plastic bag at room temperature.

You can also freeze the bread, just be sure to cool it completely before freezing and thaw it with the bag open to let moisture escape and prevent soggy bread.

Variations

While I love this version with the pecans for crunch, you could easily make these banana bread variations:

  • Chocolate chip banana bread - substitute the same quantity of chocolate chips as pecans called for in the loaf size you're baking. Be sure to add them during the mix-in cycle.
  • Brown sugar streusel banana bread - make a batch of this easy streusel recipe and sprinkle it over the banana bread just after the final rise but before the baking cycle begins.
  • Peanut butter banana bread - substitute the same quantity of peanut butter chips as pecans called for in the loaf size you're baking. Be sure to add them during the mix-in cycle.

No bread machine? You may enjoy this oven baked banana zucchini bread. It was my girls' favorite for so many years!

Serving Tips

The finished banana bread sits on a table next to a few bananas and a bowl of cream cheese.

This banana bread recipe is perfect served warm with whipped butter or toasted with a spread of cream cheese, peanut butter, or Nutella.

It would also be right at home on any festive breakfast table. Serve it alongside your favorite egg casserole or a make-your-own yogurt parfait bar.

Offer up strawberry or blackberry jams for a fun fruity topping, both would pair so well with the fresh bananas.

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Banana bread wrapped in a tea towel sits next to fresh bananas and a bowl of cream cheese. A basket of eggs in the back.

The Best Bread Machine Banana Bread

4.83 from 70 votes
Warm and comforting, the heavenly aroma of cinnamon-spiced bananas baking soothes the soul. This yeasted version is easy to slice and is dotted with savory pecans for a bit of crunch. You'll find the loaf to be lighter and fluffier than your regular quick bread.
TOTAL TIME 3 hours 5 minutes
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 3 hours
YIELD 1 (1.5-pound or 2-pound) loaf

Ingredients
  

For a 1.5-pound Loaf

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas from about 1 1/2 bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp butter softened and cut into pieces
  • 3 cups (411 g) bread flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

For a 2-pound Loaf

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup mashed ripe bananas from about 2 bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp butter softened and cut into pieces
  • 4 cups (548 g) bread flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp instant yeast

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to your bread machine's baking pan in the order they are listed, starting with the milk and ending with the yeast. Reserve the pecans for adding to the machine during the mix-in cycle.
  • Select the BASIC/WHITE program based on your machine's options. Then select the coordinating setting from your loaf size on your machine and press Start.
  • Most machines will alert you with a beep when it is time to add the pecans. If yours does not, add them in the middle of the second knead cycle.
  • When the loaf is done, remove it from the bread pan and transfer it to a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

It is crucial that you don't add the pecans with the original set of ingredients your machine will be unable to properly knead the dough and your loaf will not rise properly.
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10 Comments

  1. I don’t know what happened - but it was so dry, the paddle couldn’t mix it properly and I wound up with a hard ball of dough. So disappointing because it smelled so good while baking!

  2. Very good! I made a loaf last week, and my brother came into to kitchen asking what kind I was making. I told him Banana bread, and he was very excited. Then I explained that it’s not the super sweet, dessert type he’s used to, and his face fell. I told him to toast it with some butter. I sliced it, put it in a bread bag, and when I got home from work the next day half of it was gone lol. He loved it, and so do I! Making another loaf now, then I shall travel down the cinnamon raisin bread rabbit hole.

    1. 2 stars
      It was a great if you think of it as white bread but not what you would normally think of banana bread, doesn’t have much banana taste or sweetness.

  3. Made the recipe yesterday just as directed, and it came out great in a Zoriushi bread machine. I was successful in spite of a major problem--the mechanical connection between the gear drive and the paddles became disconnected part way through, and since it was mixed, I restarted in the quick bread program. The machine was set on "light" and the top was faded, but the bottom and side surfaces which touched the metal surface was almost over-toasted.

    I have a question: have you, or other readers substituted part or all whole wheat flour (with addd gluten)? We avoid white flour as much as possible in cooking and in ready-made foods, for obvious health reasons. And I know whole wheat flour can replace white flour, or bread flour in many recipes.

    1. Thanks for the recipe. I was searching banana bread recipe which is real bread and not cake kind since few years. Finally I found it here. I will be definitely making it tomorrow.

  4. I would like to know how the pineapple and carrot juice will help the dry dough when this is a Banana bread recipe, I see no where any mention of carrots or pineapple.

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