Easy Banana Bread Recipe Hack

National Banana Bread Day was February 23rd and I missed it! But we’re going to celebrate retroactively.  Chiquita is having a sweepstakes for National Banana Bread Day and you still have time to enter.  Don’t miss it!  A total of 25 people will win a prize pack from this Chiquita Banana Bread Day Sweepstakes. Play the game to get your entry in. Enter once by February 28, 2023. 

And then check out this Easy-Peasy Banana Bread Hack.

I am aware that this is not exactly like bread and yes, it is a lot like cake, but it’s an easy way to make a delicious breakfast or treat when you have some bananas that are a little past their prime.  I always have the other necessary ingredients on hand.


  • box of your favorite YELLOW cake mix
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil OR applesauce*
  • chocolate chips, nuts or other additions (optional)

*switching oil for applesauce is an easy healthy swap.  You can also use olive oil for baking.

I think the thing I love most about this recipe is that it’s easy to remember.  I don’t have to break out a recipe every time I make it.  I remember the amounts by “dividing by 3”.  THREE bananas, ONE egg, ONE-THIRD cup of oil or applesauce.  That was easy.

Mix your ingredients together (saving any additives like chocolate chips to add after your batter is well-blended.)  Bake according to the instructions on your cake mix box.

If you’re doing loaf pans, you’ll likely need to double the cook time listed for baking a cake. BUT this recipe makes GREAT MUFFINS! So you can use the cupcake instructions on the cake box and turn them into easy muffins!

Be sure to check out my Butternut Squash Muffins and Spinach Muffins recipes also!

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