Banana Bread in a Bread Machine: How-To Guide

Sweet fruit breads are always delicious, but do you know how easy it is to make banana bread in a bread machine?

Store-bought tends to lose some of that tasty luster, and there’s nothing better than the smelling that fresh fruit aroma through your house. But baking your own from scratch can be tedious…

banana bread in bread machine

Good news is: you don’t have to. Bread machine banana bread is easier still.


If you want to use the bakers’ 21st century solution to filling your house with a pleasant aroma, and filling your meals with that delectable taste, then all it requires is a few minutes of your time – and the right recipe.

This one in particular is a unique recipe from across the seas – an old favorite of the Philippines, passed down through the generations to find itself right here in your kitchen. As a relic of those times, it offers that special cultural flare and a bit of tang for the modern century all in one loaf.

Banana Bread Recipe for Bread Machine

If you are still up for it, let’s get to the recipe. We will describe what ingredients you will need and the method for baking in a bread maker or in a conventional oven.

If you want to kick it up a notch, you can make bread machine banana nut bread with a little bit of extra work.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas
  • ⅓ cup walnuts (optional)

banana bread recipe for bread machine

Bread Machine Banana Bread: Method

  1. Add all your ingredients to the baking pan in the order they were listed. (Optional) You can add a ⅓ cup of walnuts.
  2. Close the lid and select the bake setting.
  3. After 50 minutes, check your bread if it is fully cooked. Stick a toothpick in the top. Remove the toothpick. If there is batter on the toothpick, continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Test again to check for doneness.
  4. Remove your bread from the pan. Let it cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Slice your banana bread and serve. You can also freeze your banana bread for later use.

Take a look at this amazing YouTube tutorial for another banana bread recipe for a bread machine:

Alternative: Banana Bread in Oven

Bread made in the oven always has a slightly different taste than in the bread maker, so if you’re in a hurry to make multiple loaves or want to try a little bit of both, then here is what you’ll need.

The ingredients stay the same, but once they’re gathered:

  1. On large plate, mash your bananas with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Set your oven to bake, 350F/(175C).
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl.
  4. In another bowl combine eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and mashed bananas. (Optional) Add ⅓ cup of walnuts.
  5. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
  6. Spray your bread pan with non-stick spray. Pour your batter into the tin, put it in the oven, and bake for about 50 minutes.
  7. Once the 50 minutes are up, stick a toothpick in the top. Remove the toothpick. If there is batter on the toothpick, continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Test again to check for doneness.
  8. Remove your bread from the pan. Let it cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Slice your banana bread and serve. You can also freeze your banana bread for later use.

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Banana Bread in a Bread Machine: Tips

The straightforward method will provide you with a loaf worth savoring, but if you want a little extra punch or a smoother texture, then here are some insider tips to make your bread stand out:

  • You should choose ripe, black bananas for your recipe. You will find that you will get more flavor out of them and they are easier to work with, since they’re soft.
  • Frozen bananas also work well. Just return them to room temperature before using them.
  • Your bread maker will thoroughly puree bananas, which may be important if you don’t want that chunky texture.
  • Use vegetable oil over other shorteners. It is good for sweeter products and coats the flour so it doesn’t absorb too much water.
  • Walnuts pair well with banana bread. They are soft enough that they don’t stick out and the subtle bitterness works well with the sweet taste of the bread.
  • Instead of mixing the nuts into the batter, you can sprinkle roughly chopped nuts over the top of the bread for a richer flavor.

Can You Freeze Bread Machine Banana Bread?

If you don’t want to use it all now, or like to have a hefty supply in storage, wait for your loaf to cool completely, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and place in the freezer. You can also freeze individual slices.

Frozen banana bread from the bread machine can last up to two months – just bring it back to room temperature before you eat it.


Have you tried banana bread in a bread machine yet? Or bread machine banana nut bread?


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