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Cake Mix Banana Bread

This easy and flavorful Cake Mix Banana Bread will be your new favorite recipe! Just 6 ingredients, a quick mix, and your banana bread is ready for the oven!

banana bread loaf being cut into slices

This cake mix banana bread recipe will change your life!

This banana bread cake mix hack is my secret to fresh baked soft and fluffy banana bread in a fraction of the time.

Adding bananas to yellow cake mix results in bread that is incredibly moist, fluffy, and delicious. When you want a quick snack to bake? Make homemade banana bread made with yellow cake mix! 

I am no stranger to cake mix recipes, I love them for a shortcut to delicious baked goods! This banana bread is simple, only a few ingredients, and guaranteed to be a family favorite.

banana bread sliced with a banana in the background

You can find the full recipe and instructions at the bottom of this post, but here are the ingredients that you will need to make banana bread.

Ingredients needed

  • cake mix: a 15 oz box of yellow cake mix
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • bananas: the riper the better!
  • oil: olive oil, vegetable oil, or melted butter
ingredients from an overhead view: two bananas, two eggs, olive oil, cinnamon, and yellow cake mix

How to make banana bread with yellow cake mix

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Step 1: Add your yellow cake mix, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, mashed overripe bananas, and oil to a large bowl. Mix well to combine.

Step 2: Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and pour the banana bread batter in, smoothing out the top.

step by step images showing ingredients for the banana bread, mixed in a bowl, and in the baking loaf pan

Step 3: Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 50 – 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Be sure to allow loaf to cool completely before cutting it. This might be the hardest part, because the scent of fresh baked banana bread is irresistible!

Cake Mix Banana Bread FAQs

What cake mix to use for banana bread?

You will need a 15 oz box of yellow cake mix for this recipe.

Can I use other flavors of cake mix?

Yes you can! Try changing up this recipe up by using chocolate cake mix, butter pecan cake mix, white cake mix, or spice cake mix. You may want to adjust the spices if you change the cake mix flavor.

banana bread loaf being cut into slices

Mix in ideas

  • chocolate chips: Craving chocolate chip banana bread? Add in 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the batter before baking
  • peanut butter chips
  • butterscotch chips
  • walnuts or pecans: to make this a banana nut bread
four slices of banana bread stacked

Do I have to add vanilla and cinnamon?

No you do not, I just love adding that classic cinnamon hint for my banana bread, but it would be delicious without it too!

Can I make these into muffins?

Yes, just divide the batter equally into greased muffin tins instead. Bake the banana muffins at 350 for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For a muffin specific recipe I created one for you! Try out these cake mix banana muffins.

banana bread in a glass loaf pan

This recipe creates super fluffy, sweet, perfect banana bread. Adding bananas to cake mix can be a great way to use up ingredients you already have on hand and make a delicious treat!

Mash those overripe bananas up, add in your cake mix, eggs, oil, and spice and you are ready to go. Simple, foolproof, and a family favorite. 

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stacked banana bread slices

How to store

In the refrigerator: You can keep leftovers of this cake mix banana bread in the fridge for 5-7 days in an airtight container

Freezing banana bread for later: To freeze this loaf for later, allow it to cool completely, then place in an airtight freezer bag. You can also freeze individual slices wrapped each in cling wrap, then store in an airtight container in the freezer for around a month.

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banana bread loaf being cut into slices

Cake Mix Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This banana bread with yellow cake mix hack is too good to pass up! Make the most delicious, moist, decadent banana bread using a box of cake mix.


  • 15 oz box of yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ⅓ cups mashed overripe bananas
  • ⅓ cup oil (or melted butter)


  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix until combined
  2. Grease a loaf pan and pour the batter in, smoothing out the top
  3. Bake the banana bread at 350 degrees for 50 - 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  4. Allow to cool completely before cutting


You can substitute the olive oil for melted butter or vegetable oil.

Make it your own! Mix in whatever you like from chopped nuts to chocolate chips!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

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Saturday 6th of January 2024

Holy Moly... I just made muffins with this recipe! Thank you!!

Joy Shull

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

So glad you enjoyed it!!


Monday 10th of July 2023

ooohhhh I have a butter pecan cake mix, I think I'll make the banana bread with that!

Al Swilling

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

Cinnamon in banana bread? I've never heard of such a thing, but I'm always willing to try something new, as long as it isn't too strange. Sounds like it would be a good variation on an old theme, but it's not traditional. I'll try it.

I was looking for a banana bread recipe using cake mix when the Google search pointed me here. A neighbor gave me some of her "cake mix banana bread", and it was really good, and turned out lighter and prettier than my scratch recipe.

Thank you for the recipe. Looking forward to seeing how it tastes with the cinnamon added.

Alleda stein

Monday 1st of May 2023

It's a real easy recipe to follow. Taste great to. Thank you for sharing it.

Joy Shull

Friday 5th of May 2023

So glad you enjoyed it!


Wednesday 26th of April 2023

Can I bake this in a bundt pan?


Friday 23rd of June 2023

@Elyce, I only bake this in a bundt to ensure the center's cooked. I also will use a spice cake mix for a nice Fall twist. My family loves it when I use a chocolate cake mix as it's reminiscent of a chocolate covered banana. Strawberry works well too.

Joy Shull

Wednesday 26th of April 2023

I have not tried it, so I am not sure.

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