Cake Mix Banana Bread

4.47 from 280 votes

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

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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 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!

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. 

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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4.47 from 280 votes

Cake Mix Banana Bread

By: Joy Shull
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.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 10

Ingredients 

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

Instructions 

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

Notes

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

Calories: 263kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 322mg, Potassium: 141mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 67IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 97mg, Iron: 1mg
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47 Comments

  1. Excellent recipe added extra cinnamon as I love it . Have made several times now and never fails to please. Thank you

  2. Made with chocolate chips and added 1 extra egg in a 2lb loaf tin. Beautiful, moist and easy to make. Great recipe!!!

  3. 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.

    1. @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.

  4. This was the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted! It had the best flavor, and texture of any banana bread I’ve ever eaten. Everyone in my house loved it. One loaf doesn’t last but a day, maybe two in our house.

  5. This truly was the best banana bread I’ve EVER had. It didn’t make it to the cooling rack before my kids ate the whole loaf. It’s on repeat. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.