Making a banana bread in the bread machine is a perfect way to use up your over ripe bananas. A bread machine takes away a lot of effort and you will have a banana bread with no eggs at the press of a button.
It just requires all ingredients to be placed in the right order and selecting the right cycle. All the work of mixing and baking is contained in the bread pan which is so impressive to watch.
To make this bread machine banana nut bread recipe, you will need ripe bananas, real ripe ones whose skin has turned dark or has a lot of dark spots. You can mash bananas with a spoon or puree them in a blender.
All purpose flour, milk, sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and vinegar are used along with some baking soda and baking powder as a leavening agent. It is a sweet bread without yeast and so it can also be called a banana cake. To make a vegan banana bread you can use a vegan plant based milk like oat milk.
Making banana bread in a bread machine is simple. I use pureed bananas so that they mix well with other ingredients. You can use an immersion hand blender or other high-speed blenders like Vitamix to puree the bananas or just mash them with a spoon.
Once you have all ingredients, put the wet and dry ingredients in the right order as per the bread machine manufacturer's recommendations and start the cycle. Add chopped walnuts or pecans just a minute or two before the baking phase starts.
Quick Bread setting works best for sweet bread or cakes. I have used both the Cake setting and Quick Bread setting and observed that the Cake setting needed extra baking once the cycle was completed but the Quick Bread setting did not. However, it may well depend on the type/brand of the bread machine one has.
Weighing the flour using a digital food scale and sifting all the dry ingredients gives the best results. If you prefer to skip sifting, it is fine but once the cycle starts, observe the mixing cycle for a about 5-10 minutes and scrape down any flour on the sides of the pan with a rubber spatula to ensure a good mix.
All the hard work is done and it's time to just go about your life and let the bread machine do the magic. Yes, it is that easy!
After the Quick Bread cycle finishes, open the lid and insert a butter knife or a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done else bake it for an additional few minutes on the Bake cycle and recheck with the butter knife to ensure it comes out clean.
It is very important to allow the cake and the container to cool down for 15-20 minutes before attempting to take the cake out of the pan. Removing the cake immediately or when it is hot can easily break it.
Turn the bread pan upside down and shake it a little to allow the bread to come out easily. Let the bread cool down completely on a cooling wire rack before slicing it.
This recipe uses milk, to make it vegan you could use plant-based milk like almond milk.
Instead of walnuts you can use pecans or chocolate chips or skip the nuts altogether.
Instead of all-purpose flour, you can also use bread flour.
Before slicing it with a knife, ensure the cake has cooled down completely.
You can go a step further and apply cream cheese frosting on the cake by cutting the cake into two layers and making the top a little even using an electric knife.
I have made this banana bread in the 2 lb. Hamilton Beach Artisan bread maker using the Quick bread setting. It can be made in any bread machine.
To make a puree of the ripe bananas I have used Vitamix but any blender or immersion blender works fine.
A cooling rack is needed to let the bread cool down completely before using an electric knife or a serrated knife to slice it.
Kids love the moist, delicious cake; and it is a good alternative for snacking items for all. Banana walnut cake can be stored at room temperature for 3-4 days. If you apply cream cheese frosting then it must be refrigerated.
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Bread Machine Banana Bread
- 1 ¼ cup Ripe bananas pureed (3 count)
- ½ cup Milk (Almond or plant based milk to make it vegan)
- ⅓ cup Oil
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Vinegar
- 2 cup All purpose flour (240 grams)
- ¾ cup Organic cane sugar
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Baking powder
- Pinch of Salt
- ½ cup Walnuts (chopped)
- Add all the wet and dry ingredients in the bread machine container in the order recommended by the bread machine manufacturer.1 ¼ cup Ripe bananas pureed, ½ cup Milk, ⅓ cup Oil, ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon Vinegar, 2 cup All purpose flour, ¾ cup Organic cane sugar, ½ teaspoon Baking Soda, Pinch of Salt, ½ teaspoon Baking powder
- Select and start the "Quick Bread" cycle
- Keep the lid open and monitor for a few minutes, scrape any flour on the side of the container to ensure a good mix.
- A minute before the baking cycle starts, add the chopped walnuts and close the lid.½ cup Walnuts
- Once the baking is complete and "Quick Bread" cycle is over, remove the container from the bread machine and allow it to cool down for 15-20 minutes.
- Invert and shake the container to remove the cake.
- Let the cake cool down completely before slicing or icing it.
I loved your recipe. My daughter loves the taste. A couple of modifications to this recipe worked wonders. First thing was grinding walnuts and then mashing bananas in the same jar for uniform consistency. Another thing was I had kept it in the cake mode itself and it came out really well without having to repeat the baking step. It was a very wonderful experience, indeed!
Alpa Jain says
Thank you for the awesome feedback. Glad that your daughter loves it.
Shaddai Spencer says
I am trying to make this now in my bread machine but am using the sweet bread setting and added the yeast on top of the flour. Hopefully, this comes out good although it might not since your recipe doesn't call for yeast.
Is this one lb or one and half lb setting ? Thank you for the simple recipe.
Alpa Jain says
Glad you liked the recipe.
My machine does not have any weight setting for quick bread. However by weight this cake would be around 1.5 lb, so please use 1.5 lb setting.
Hope this helps
Nart at Cooking with Nart says
This is such an amazing recipe! My mom loved it so much!
inga kristaponyte says
What could possibly be used instead of bananas?... Maybe just more flour?
I think it should work by adding more flour, however, I have not tried it. You can also check out vanilla and carrot cake recipes on my site.
Hope this helps