This Banana Bread Recipe Only Takes Five Minutes—in Your Microwave!

There's no need for kneading with banana bread.

Chiquita knows bananas, so when the brand published a microwave banana bread recipe, we took notice. Did someone say microwave? Now, that’s what we call quick bread!

How do you make this microwave banana bread recipe?

You’ve probably heard of mug cakes, so you get the idea. You’ll need bananas, an egg, plus brown sugar, wheat flour and a handful of other pantry staples. Everything gets mashed and blended and divided between two mugs.

Just microwave for a few minutes—and voila—nearly-instant banana bread!

You’ll need:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ banana for topping
  • 4 tablespoons wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Microwave banana bread is a fantastic way to put over-ripe bananas to good use. Here’s how to keep bananas fresher, longer!


Step 1: Prep the mugs
Generously spray two microwave-safe mugs with cooking spray or lightly coat with melted butter. (We think everything is better with butter!)

Step 2: Prep your bananas
Using a fork, mash the ripe banana in a bowl. Then, cut your remaining half banana in slices.

Step 3: Make the batter
Mix the egg, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, vegetable oil and wheat flour with the mashed banana. Then, spoon the batter into the mugs. (Try this aluminum foil trick the next time you need to soften brown sugar.)

Step 4: Microwave
Pop into the microwave for up to 2 minutes. You’ll want to check after 60 seconds for doneness, though.

Step 5: Top with banana
Finish each mug of banana bread with two pieces of sliced banana. Enjoy!

Now that you’ve got this microwave banana bread recipe under your belt, discover eight easy meals you can make in a mug.

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