Cake Mix Banana Bread


Today’s recipe is a banana bread recipe that has been simplified with the use a cake mix.  I am not sure where I got the recipe from, but I have been holding on to it forever and finally gave it a try.  Now, you can use a white or yellow cake mix to make it. I decided to try it with a butter pecan cake mix.  You can mix in some nuts if you like.  However, I didn’t this time.  It is so easy, yummy, and moist.  I also ended up using some of it for a recipe that I will post on Monday.

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Cake Mix Banana Bread

  • 1 (18.25 oz) pkg cake mix (yellow, white, or I used butter pecan)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl blend together the cake mix, eggs, oil, and bananas for 2 minutes.  Pour batter into a greased 5.25 x 9 x 2.75 loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and allow to cool completely.  Makes 1 large loaf.
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27 comments on “Cake Mix Banana Bread

  • I typed in cake mix banana bread and your web sight popped up. I can’t wait to try this, it looks great.
    I don’t do a lot of baking, just over the holidays and then I make up trays for friends and my daughter, she lives in Idaho. Has three boys, works and married and she doesn’t get to do a lot of baking over the holidays. I can’t wait to try this out.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • This was so easy and awesome! I had golden cake mix, used nuts in one batch. Then had to make a second. I used golden cake mix with raisins. Mmmmm! Snack tonight and cannot wait for breakfast with coffee! Six children and eight grandchildren, it will not last long :). Thank you!

  • I’m only a mom to a 2-pound yorkie right now but hopefully that qualifies! I addded walnuts to mine and then sprinkled a mixture of cinnamon+white&brown sugar on top. YUM!

  • Interesting idea! I made some changes with what I had on hand and they made some very tasty muffins.

  • Thank you for this recipe! I lost one very similar to this that I baked last year. And I have three loaf to bake today and get in the mail. So thankful I came across your site. Family loved this banana bread last year. I used the plain butter cake mix. This real mom is off to bake….

  • I have never commented on a site. I was really enjoying the recipe ideas from others and Felisa really spoiled the recipe. Really Felisa, if you don’t like the idea of using a cake mix and that’s what the discussion was, why were you on the page? Real Moms aren’t so negative. Real Moms are open to others’ ideas. You are a very negative party pooper. Look at you, you cook from scratch. The ingredients in a cake mix are the same as real moms use only pre measured and pre packaged. What is a real mom anyway? Make your own site for real moms and let others enjoy sharing and caring. Go bake something.

  • Sometimes you just don’t want to bake from scratch. I have a white cake mix and I was wondering what to do with it. Thanks!! I cook from scratch all the time, so this would be easy and quick.

  • Why use a cake mix? It’s easy and so much healthier to bake from scratch. Cake mixes are nothing but preservatives and artificial ingredients. Real Moms bake from scratch.

    • Felisa – There’s nothing wrong with using cake mix instead of baking from scratch; sometimes your baking powder or soda isn’t as fresh as it needs to be for scratch baking. Perhaps something else is going on life such that this is an easy alternative. There’s also no one definition of what a “real” mom is.

      Laura – thanks for a great recipe. I’m going to give it a shot this weekend!

  • I know this what awhile ago, but I had to tell you that we loved this bread today. We had a craving, found this recipe, and was eating it within an hour and a half. I did add cinnamon, and I think next time I might do it using a spice cake mix.

  • i jusyour site

    8t love your recipes . have tried a few . like them all will keep fallowing

  • I tried this recipe using strawberry cake mix – it was super delicious :)

  • Has anyone used spice cake mix yet?

  • Thanks for this recipe!! I have used it three times now and it is as good as my made from scratch recipe! Have used the yellow mix, but really love the butter pecan! That is, three times this week!!

  • just made these into mini muffins and bread. added vanilla, cinnamon and some chocolate chips. so easy and so yum!

  • Great recipes here and I will be trying them out.

  • Laura that is how I make my banana bread. I got the recipe from a ederly lady over 10 years ago and I have never made it any other way again. You can’t even tell a cake mix was used. It’s my favorite banana bread.

  • That is a good idea… I just made banana bread yesterday but this recipe looks very simple and easy! yum

  • I’ve put bananas in cake mix before and just made cake with buttercream frosting. I’ll have to give this a try!

    • I use a Lemon cake mix and add poppy seeds. I also use carrot cake and add a cream cheese glaze drizzle. Also a spice cake and add a cinnamon, brown sugar crumb topping.Then of course there is the chocolate variations… plain chocolate, with chocolate chips, nuts, as a Rocky Road.. etc, or white cake mix and chocolate chips etc.
      Also you can use a white or yellow cake and add any fruit (like muffins) blueberries, cranberries, etc..
      Strawberry (already mentioned is great)

      And if you have any left overs.. (yeah.. as if!) Slice it and put it in the toaster and slap some butter on it..
      OH MY CHIZZZ! Warm and a crunchy outside.. WOW!
      Not suggested for breads with toppings or things that will melt and run in your toaster.. for those.. use a toaster oven..
      The possibilities are ENDLESS!!!

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