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Cake Mix Banana Bread

Easy, moist, super flavorful cake mix banana bread recipe. Just 6 ingredients, a quick mix, and your banana bread is ready for the oven!

banana bread loaf being cut into slices

This easy banana bread recipe will change your life!

This banana bread cake mix hack is my secret to fresh baked 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!

Just like some of my other cake mix recipes: cake mix blueberry muffins, cake mix brownies, yellow cake mix cookies, chocolate cake mix cookies, cake mix chocolate chip muffins, and cake mix cookie bars, this banana bread is simple, only a few ingredients, and guaranteed delicious. 

Just look at that super fluffy texture! 

banana bread sliced with a banana in the background

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 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!

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

What cake mix to use for banana bread

You will need one box of your favorite yellow cake mix! 15 oz is the size that you need.

Can I use other flavors of cake mix?

Yes you can! Maybe you’re in the mood for a chocolate banana bread or a cinnamon spiced banana bread! 

Try changing up this recipe up by using chocolate cake mix, butter pecan cake mix, white cake mix, or spice cake mix.

banana bread loaf being cut into slices

Can I add chocolate chips?

Yes, this recipe is very customizable!

This would also be delicious as chocolate chip banana bread.

Just mix in 1 cup of chocolate chips into the batter before baking.

More mix ins to try

  • peanut butter chips
  • butterscotch chips
  • walnuts or pecans
  • white chocolate chips
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 cake mix banana bread muffins?

Yes, just divide the batter into muffin tins instead.

Still bake the muffins at 350 degrees, but keep a close eye on them as they will cook much faster than banana bread.

I would think around 15-22 minutes should do it.

Just bake the muffins 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

The result is 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. 

For another quick bread, be sure to try this cake mix pumpkin bread!

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stacked banana bread slices

How long is banana bread good?

You can keep leftovers of this cake mix banana bread in the fridge for 5-7 days, or in the freezer for 2-3 months for best freshness.

To store the bread, make sure it is totally cooled down first.

How to freeze 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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Craving more easy recipes? Be sure to also try these cake mix funfetti cookies for a simple sweet treat!

If you love banana bread, you have to make these Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins.

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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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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.


Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

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.

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