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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!

a slice of cake mix banana bread with butter on it

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

Adding bananas to 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 my other cake mix recipes: cake mix brownies, yellow cake mix cookies, chocolate cake mix cookies, 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 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!

ingredients from an overhead view: two bananas, two eggs, olive oil, cinnamon, and yellow cake mix

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.

ingredients mixed together in a mixing bowl from an overhead view

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.

banana bread loaf sliced

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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sliced cake mix banana bread from a side view

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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Cake Mix Banana Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 loaf

Cake Mix Banana Bread

sliced banana bread

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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 15 oz box of yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
  • 1/3 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:



Serving Size:


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

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Tina Mathis

Saturday 6th of March 2021

Loved this one!! I put in walnuts and it was fabulous.

Joy Shull

Saturday 6th of March 2021

Great idea! So glad you enjoyed the banana bread :)


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Do you know if you need to adjust fro altitude?


Thursday 28th of May 2020

I have tried your Cake mix cookie bars and they were wonderful! What I'm wanting to do now is cross your cake mix banana bread recipe with that one, so that essentially I would end up with Banana bread [chocolate chip] cookie bars. Would that work? And if so, what size pan would I use, as the cookie bars were made in a 9x13 dish. Thank you!

Joy Shull

Saturday 6th of June 2020

That sounds like a great idea! I'm not sure what size dish would matter, just in that the bars would be thinner in a larger baking dish, and thicker in a smaller one, which would affect cooking time. Let me know if you try it, sounds delicious!

Nancy Fugate

Sunday 16th of June 2019

Why do you prefer olive oil? Does it change the taste?

Joy Shull

Sunday 16th of June 2019

I just use it since it is what I have on hand and use in most every recipe. I don't buy or use vegetable oil. You won't notice any taste difference!

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