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4 Ingredient Banana Bread

This 4 ingredient banana bread with cake mix is a great breakfast, dessert or snack! A quick banana bread recipe using overripe bananas, spice or yellow cake mix banana bread depending on what you love.

4 Ingredient Banana Bread

I love easy cake mix recipes! What is in that box is just begging to be amped up in one way or another and this 4 ingredient banana bread is a great example of just what you can do with spice cake mix! You can use any variety you like, but this is a great combination! Perfect for breakfast or to include in your brunch menu, you can throw this together in no time at all. (affiliate links present)

We came up with a bunch of overripe banana recipes years ago because I just hate wasting food. I have made this easy banana bread recipe when they’re still pretty yellow and it works find. The browner the better though really.

4-Ingredient banana bread

If you’re tired of “the same old thing” I suggest you try this one! You can make a bunch of varieties depending on the type of cake mix you use. The one I like the best is spice if you ask me but others have enjoyed vanilla and yellow mixes too with this.

  • This easy banana bread recipe has just been added to this list as well as a bunch of others.
  • It is perfect if you have a box of cake mix, but not a lot of other ingredients in your pantry.
4 Ingredient Banana Bread

Cake Mix Banana bread

Have you ever used cake mix to make….well, something other than a cake??!! Seriously, it is really versatile and can be used to make more than just 6 cupcakes as a treat. If you’re looking for angel food cake mix recipes we have a bunch of those too!

White or spice cake mix is a great base to make just about anything sweet like this easy banana bread.

How ripe should bananas be for banana bread?

The browner the better. I don’t like them to be completely black, but right before that point is perfection. If you need an extra day or two and they’re ready, stick them in the fridge to slow down the process.

How do you make banana bread from scratch?

I have done that and it isn’t tremendously hard, but semi-homemade using cake mix like this recipe is the way to go! Just 4 ingredients and if your naners are ripe enough you may not know the difference.

Now we’re here to make some banana bread with cake mix!

banana bread with cake mix

Banana Bread with Cake Mix

The cake mix recipes we’ve made so far are:

I will say that if you do have the time, homemade banana bread is worth the time. I don’t make a lot of things homemade from start to finish and usually opt for semi-homemade but banana bread is something I do think tastes better from scratch.

  • BUT…if you are in a bind or are missing a few ingredients this semi homemade banana bread with cake mix is a good second for sure!!

It does look pretty close to from scratch though, don’t you think??!!

cake mix banana bread

4 ingredient banana bread with cake mix

You could add a bit of mini chocolate chips too if you wish, and/or some chopped nuts but I like it as is. Making easy banana bread muffins with these ingredients is possible too.

  1. Overripe bananas – 5 med. sized is good, could add 6
  2. Box of cake mix – Spice cake mix is by far the best one to use, could use white or homemade yellow cake mix
  3. Oil
  4. Eggs
    1. Could add a bit of banana extract if you want a more intense banana flavor

Add chocolate chips if you like. If we do I prefer mini semi-sweet chips so they are smaller and incorporate better all the way thru.

cake mix banana bread

Easy breakfast recipes

I mean we have a lot of these on our site because difficult is not allowed in our home. 😉 Try different mixes and see which is your fave but we think spice is the way to go all year round.

We absolutely love our pumpkin banana bread too which is perfect in the Fall. Well, okay we make this year round and eat it for dessert too.


4 ingredient banana muffins

Follow our banana bread muffins recipe here, it works great for grab and go snacks.

  1. Just follow the recipe as stated below
    1. I used carrot cake mix this time which was delicious
    2. 1/2 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips were added too and got thumbs up from my kiddos and neighbors
  2. I suggest using muffin liners
  3. Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full
  4. Once oven is preheated, bake them for 18 minutes
  5. Remove pan and use a spoon to lift muffins out and on to a cooling rack

Do not leave them in your muffin tin or they will continue cooking and not be as moist. If you want to make a small batch you can use our temp. and timing in our air fryer banana bread recipe.

4 ingredient banana muffins

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4 Ingredient Banana Bread

This 4 ingredient banana bread using cake mix is a great breakfast, dessert or snack! A quick banana bread recipe using overripe bananas we love. 
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread, breakfast, cake mix, easy, quick
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24
Calories 155kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Mash bananas, then add all other ingredients (except c chips if you’re adding those) and mix until well combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips if you want to add those and/or nuts.
  • Put into preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 min or until knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle…you do not want to overbake this.
    This will make 2 loaves or 1 loaf and 8 muffins.
    Bake muffins for approx. 16-18 min. or until they spring back when touched gently in the middle.
Nutrition Facts
4 Ingredient Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 167mg7%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Friday 8th of December 2023

Absolutely delicious! I really loved the taste, it had the perfect taste and texture of scratch banana bread. I will definitely keep this recipe.

The Typical Mom

Friday 8th of December 2023



Wednesday 1st of November 2023

Didn't taste like banana bread, but was a delicious, moist spice cake bread with mini chocolate chips and walnuts. I'm going to try a yellow cake mix and leave out the chocolate chips next time. This is a convenient recipe!


Saturday 15th of April 2023

My husband and grandkids love this banana bread. It’s very easy to make. I use a carrot cake mix.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 16th of April 2023

Oh love when I can find carrot cake mix!


Wednesday 8th of February 2023

Just made this banana bread. Only used 3 large bananas, chocolate fudge cake mix and added dried cranberries to it. One of the easiest and delicious recipe made and will keep make this with my grandson since he likes to bake.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 8th of February 2023

Oh yay

Donna Rineck

Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Loved it. Made 3 mini loaves. Turned perfect

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 28th of December 2022


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