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Cake Mix Banana Bread

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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 this banana bread recipe from. However, before I originally made it, I had been holding on to it forever and then finally gave it a try when I had some bananas to use up.

Now, you can use a white or yellow cake mix to make it. I decided to try it with a butter pecan cake mix the first time I made it.  You can mix some nuts into the batter if you like.  However, I usually don’t because my family isn’t a fan of nuts. 

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This bread is so easy, yummy, and moist.  It only takes some banana, cake mix, oil, and eggs. So only four ingredients. If you add in some nuts, it will make it 5 ingredients. I have also used the banana bread to make banana bread French toast.

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Here is what you need to make the

Cake Mix Banana Bread

  • CAKE MIX (YELLOW, WHITE, OR I USED BUTTER PECAN)
  • EGGS
  • OIL
  • OVERRIPE BANANAS
  • NUTS (OPTIONAL)
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Cake Mix Banana Bread

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 1 18.25 oz pkg cake mix (yellow, white, or I used butter pecan)
  • 3 eggs
  • cup oil
  • 1 cup mashed bananas about 3 medium bananas
  • 1 cup chopped nuts optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and allow to cool completely.  Makes 1 large loaf.
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This the original photo from this blog post when it was first posted in April 2011.




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57 Comments

  1. I have made this several times, as written, it always turns out wonderful! I am using the Butter pecan mix today, I’m sure It will also be great! I was wondering if I could substitute apples, or add them with the bananas? It seems I always have apples that are on the verge of going bad! But I don’t think I would use the butter pecan mix though, what would you suggest?

  2. I just made this banana bread!! So easy and delish! I will say that I did add a tsp. of cinnamon just because I like it in my banana bread but I am sure it is great without it!

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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  17. 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….

  18. 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….

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

    1. 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!

  24. 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.

    1. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

    1. I did and added applesauce for moistness also walnuts.
      I was wanting cream cheese frosting so I warmed some up and drizzled on top. the spices and banana with the cream cheese was awsome

  27. 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!!

  28. 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!!

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

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

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  33. 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.

  34. 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.

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

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

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

    1. 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!!!

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

    1. 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!!!