Banana Bread Recipe for 2 Bananas

by Crystal | Beat Bake Eat

What can I do with 2 ripe bananas? Make banana bread of course! Don’t think that 2 bananas are enough to make deliciously moist banana bread? Well, you’re wrong. It’s totally possible. So how do you make banana bread with 2 bananas? You’re about to find out! This easy banana bread recipe made with 2 bananas and oil is moist and delicious. No mixer required, one bowl, and less than 10 minutes prep.

Banana Bread Recipe with 2 Bananas - Simple & easy recipe for moist banana bread made with 2 bananas and oil. Dairy-free, no mixer, one bowl, 8 minutes prep. | Beat Bake Eat

I know the reason why you’re here. I know that you only have 2 bananas.

Sorry, that was a little intense.

So, you’re looking for a 2 banana bread recipe. Well, I’m happy to say that you’ve found it. This is a simple recipe with few ingredients, very easy to make, and beginner-friendly. It’s one of the best ways to use overripe bananas.

How do you make Banana Bread moist?

By using lots of bananas and oil or butter. I prefer banana bread with oil.

This recipe actually yields a tender and moist banana bread despite the small amount of bananas because compared to other recipes this one has more wet ingredients that don’t include milk or water that stretches the batter thin and also less flour.

Banana Bread Recipe with 2 Bananas - Simple & easy recipe for moist banana bread made with 2 bananas and oil. Dairy-free, no mixer, one bowl, 8 minutes prep. | Beat Bake Eat

2 Banana Bread Recipe Ingredients

{Full recipe below}

  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

These are all the ingredients you need. Nothing fancy or special. Just baking staples.

As you can see this recipe is completely dairy-free. It’s without butter or milk but you won’t miss either of them.

Since this bread would obviously be lacking a little in banana flavor I bumped up the vanilla and added cinnamon to make up for it. Absolutely delicious. You can add more or less spice depending on your personal preference. Feel free to add nuts as well.

How ripe should Bananas be for Banana Bread?

The best bananas for banana bread are overripe bananas that are speckled and half black/dark brown.

Besides the salt, vanilla, and spices, bananas are the main contributor of flavor in a banana loaf. So if you want your loaf to come out great every time, use overripe bananas.

How to quickly ripen Bananas for Banana Bread

  • Ripening bananas in the oven – Place the unpeeled bananas spaced apart on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 – 20 minutes until black or dark brown on the outside and soft to the touch. Allow them to cool before using.
  • Ripening bananas in the microwave – Using a fork, poke straight through the banana peel multiple times on all sides to allow the heat to easily penetrate then microwave for 30 seconds at a time, checking each time for doneness. This can take up to a couple of minutes depending on how green the bananas were to begin with. The bananas are done when they have the soft texture of a ripe banana. Cool before using.
  • Ripening bananas in a paper bag – Place the bananas in a loosely closed paper bag to help trap the ethylene gas (that is responsible for ripening) to help speed up the process. Check the bag once a day and remove the bananas when they have reached your desired ripeness.

These methods aren’t just useful for this recipe, they’re also useful for all the other ripe banana recipes that you’ll try.

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How to make Banana Bread with 2 Bananas

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prep the baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine bananas, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt.
  3. Beat in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour and baking soda and gently stir until incorporated. DO NOT over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the baking pan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and cover loosely with foil, then continue to bake for 15 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or mostly clean.
  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.

That is how to make banana bread at home using only 2 bananas. Pretty simple huh?

Why is it necessary to cover the bread with foil?

The crust for this bread gets very dark very quickly. Covering it with foil at the 30 minute mark ensures that the crust doesn’t burn.

Often times I find that when you don’t use the foil the crust will be dark brown way before the bread is done baking therefore naturally causing you to pull the bread out of the oven before it’s done. And then you end up with a crust that’s fully baked or burnt and a middle that is mostly raw.

This has happened to me before in the past and I’ve even had it happen to me with other recipes as well. Fortunately, loosely covering the loaf with foil is a quick and easy solution.

How to Store Banana Bread

Store it in an airtight container, food-safe resealable bag, cover with foil, or wrap tightly in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.

How long does banana bread last? If stored correctly it should last for 2 – 3 days at room temperature and up to 1 week in the fridge.

How to Freeze Banana Bread

Wrap tightly in foil, plastic wrap or place in a freezer bag. You can also wrap tightly and place in a freezer bag for maximum protection.

How long does banana bread last in the freezer? For about 2 months.

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Banana Bread Recipe with 2 Bananas

Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
This easy banana bread recipe made with 2 bananas and oil is moist and delicious. No mixer required, one bowl, and less than 10 minutes prep.
4.83 from 94 votes

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Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 53 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 1 9x5 inch loaf
Calories 169 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, grease with oil or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine bananas, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Beat in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour and baking soda and gently stir until incorporated. DO NOT over mix.
  • Pour the batter into the baking pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes then remove from the oven and cover loosely with foil. 
    *This prevents the crust from burning.
  • Continue to bake for 15 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or mostly clean.
  • Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.

Notes

What to do if you don't have foil: Marisa says "I ran out of tin foil... At the 30 minute mark, I just turned my oven down to 325F and it seemed to work well enough for me. No burned tops, just deeply golden brown." Thank you, Marisa!


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182 comments

C Paquette May 5, 2021 - 10:30 pm

Great recipe!! So soft and flavourful! Thanks for sharing!

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Beat Bake Eat May 8, 2021 - 2:56 pm

You’re very welcome! Thank you so much for the review.

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Marissa May 23, 2021 - 7:53 pm

This was my first time making banana bread, and it turned out so good! I substituted the eggs with applesauce and added a little bit of allspice, too. The aroma while it was baking was amazing I will definitely be making this again!

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Beat Bake Eat May 23, 2021 - 8:40 pm

That sounds amazing! I’m happy it came out great for you and I’ll definitely be trying this swap in the future. Thank you for leaving a 5-star review!

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Danelle May 23, 2021 - 9:32 pm

I made a gluten-free version of this recipe with GF all-purpose cup for cup flour and it wasn’t gritty at all. This is honestly the best banana bread recipe I have made, and I have made a lot of different banana recipes.

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Beat Bake Eat May 24, 2021 - 10:00 am

Wow, that’s really great to hear! I know how hard it is baking gluten free so I’m thrilled that it worked out for you. Thank you so much for leaving a review.

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Karen June 10, 2021 - 3:46 am

SO GOOD. For me this tasted better than many banana bread recipes I’ve tried. This will be my go-to recipe. I love the color of the bread too. Awesome recipe!!!!

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Beat Bake Eat June 11, 2021 - 12:14 pm

Oh, wow! That’s really great to hear! Thank you so much for leaving a 5-star review. I’m happy that this will now be your go-to recipe.

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Kimberly Hancock June 17, 2021 - 2:17 pm

Wonderful recipe. Really wanted to make it but didn’t have ripe bananas so I made them ripe by putting them in the oven on 350 for thirty minutes and it actually works. Saw this on another site

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Beat Bake Eat June 18, 2021 - 4:45 pm

Thank you! Awesome, I’m happy that method worked out for you. I almost always use the bag method; works really well.

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Anonymous June 20, 2021 - 10:05 am

My ‘go-to’ recipe during Covid pandemic!

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Beat Bake Eat June 20, 2021 - 11:39 am

Yay! That makes me so happy. Thanks for leaving a review.

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Chasidy Chance June 26, 2021 - 2:39 pm

The ingredient list and the instructions for baking are so far apart you have to go between to see how much to add at what point in the recipe maybe in the instructions for the recipe you added the amount along with it because they’re too far apart to do easily.

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Beat Bake Eat June 26, 2021 - 8:30 pm

I understand. I’ll consider doing this in the future.

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MLH July 9, 2021 - 12:46 pm

This is the first review of a recipe I have ever left, and I have been googling recipes for a long time now. Most reviews you read end up with the reviewer making a completely different dish either by personal choice or ingredients, left disappointed with the outcome and leave low stars.

This is hands down, the best banana bread recipe I have ever tried. Simple to follow/read/recipe layout easy to follow. Ingredients you typically have in your pantry. I did have a heavy hand with the vanilla (my own homemade) & cinnamon and added raisins. The smell….it makes me want to bake a loaf everyday. Will continue to use this recipe always. Thank you for sharing!!

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Beat Bake Eat July 11, 2021 - 6:59 am

That’s very true. People do that a lot. Wow, that’s really great to hear. That sounds so delicious; a lovely twist. Thank you for sharing how it turned out.

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Anonymous July 10, 2021 - 12:58 pm

took forever to bake!! Over an hour so far and soggy. I followed recipe exactly. Sorry won’t make again.

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Beat Bake Eat July 11, 2021 - 7:06 am

After an hour the bread would be burnt or almost burnt; it would not be soggy. There’s probably something wrong with your oven or you set it to the wrong temperature. I’ve had this exact problem in the past with other recipes because of a faulty oven. Trust me, it’s not the recipe.

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Anonymous July 13, 2021 - 12:39 pm

So I tried this recipe since I only had 2 over-ripped bananas and this recipe is amazing! this banana bread recipe is so moist and soft 🙂 I did cut down on the sugar and it’s just perfect for me!

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Beat Bake Eat July 14, 2021 - 11:10 pm

That’s so good to hear! Thank you for leaving a review. I’m glad you were able to cut back on the sugar without it causing an issue.

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Olliecat July 24, 2021 - 10:48 pm

I made this banana bread recipe several weeks ago and I loved it better than my usual recipe using 3 or4 bananas. Definitely making this one again. Thank you.

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Beat Bake Eat July 25, 2021 - 2:39 pm

Very happy to hear that. Sometimes more isn’t better. Thanks for the 5-star rating.

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Gaby September 15, 2021 - 5:01 pm

I didn’t have eggs so I replaced each egg with 1/4 cup Greek yogurt and also added chocolate chips and this turned out SO DELICIOUS AND MOIST! thanks!!

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Beat Bake Eat September 15, 2021 - 7:12 pm

Wow, never thought to try that before. I’m happy it worked out! Thanks for leaving a review.

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Laetitia September 16, 2021 - 10:40 am

Good recipe, will definitely make it again, but I would add a bit of white vinegar next time to neutralize the baking soda because, for some reason, it didn’t completely dissolve and some pieces tasted awful (like baking soda)

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Beat Bake Eat September 17, 2021 - 1:39 pm

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. It’s not that it needs vinegar, it’s the mixing method. I’ll change it.

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Anonymous September 22, 2021 - 5:25 pm

Great just delicious turned out well

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Beat Bake Eat September 22, 2021 - 10:21 pm

Yay! Thanks for sharing how it turned out.

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Anonymous October 28, 2021 - 2:11 pm

Perfect recipe. Perfect taste. Perfect moistness.
I checked mine at the 45-minute mark and it was actually done. I’m sure it is just my oven but I’m glad I checked it. WHat a simple delish banana bread.

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Beat Bake Eat October 28, 2021 - 10:58 pm

Mine is always done exactly at 45 minutes too! So satisfying. Thanks so much for leaving a comment. Happy you like it.

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Naomi :) November 8, 2021 - 6:29 pm

I sprinkled can sugar on the top of the batter before baking, it’s soo good!

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Naomi :) November 8, 2021 - 6:29 pm

cane*

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Beat Bake Eat November 9, 2021 - 1:30 pm

I love doing that too! Thanks for the 5-star rating.

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Imelda November 19, 2021 - 9:23 am

Great recipe! But after I put the foil on, it takes at least another 30 minutes to bake. But its one of my favourite banana bread recipe so far! Smells and tastes divine.

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Beat Bake Eat November 19, 2021 - 1:45 pm

Hmm, that’s interesting. It might be your oven! But I’m glad you still like the recipe. Thanks for leaving a review!

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Xia December 7, 2021 - 5:33 pm

I’ve made this banana bread recipe like 10 times and sell it, people go crazy! I use smaller disposable tins, like 5×3 and it makes 2 of those. Every person who tries this says it’s the best banana bread they’ve ever had. If you’re looking to spice your loaf up, do a streusel topping like on coffee cake. Super delicious and I owe my wonderful reviews to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Can’t wait to try more recipes

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Beat Bake Eat December 9, 2021 - 3:07 pm

Oh wow, that’s great!! I do this too except I turned it into muffins. That’s so sweet of you to say. I’m glad your baking business is doing well. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment.

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Shannon December 14, 2021 - 9:14 pm

Thank you for the recipe. I have it in the oven now. Unfortunately, I don’t have a 9×5 loaf pan; only an 8×4. Do you happen to know how I should alter the baking time? Thanks!

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Beat Bake Eat December 17, 2021 - 1:47 pm

I think you just need to bake for 5 – 10 minutes longer.

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Oceandiva December 22, 2021 - 6:10 pm

Wow! So good! I substituted 1/3
Brown sugar for the granulated sugar and added chopped pecans. I did notice it was getting brown so I lowered the temp to 340 after 20 minutes then covered with foil after 30 minutes. Trying not to eat it all in one sitting!

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Beat Bake Eat December 22, 2021 - 9:34 pm

I’ve subbed brown sugar before too; so glad you enjoyed it!! Some people bake it at 325F all the way through. You can try that next time if you’d like.

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Jon W. January 29, 2022 - 8:18 am

I had two bananas that were not as ripe as I wanted so I put them in the oven for 20 minutes and continued with this recipe. It was, probably in the top 3 I have ever used. Can’t remember what the other two were and will use this one from now on. Next time I may cut down on the white sugar and try a bit of brown but as it is this recipe is one to keep. In fact print it out as I am doing to have on hand. I did add walnuts too.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat January 30, 2022 - 7:02 pm

I use a little brown sugar sometimes too; it tastes great!
Wow. I am glad you’ll be using my recipe from now on.

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Anonymous January 29, 2022 - 8:27 am

My apology as I forgot to add the 5 star rating in my previous comment. I hardly ever comment unless it rates doing so and your recipe absolutely rates it. Also I cut the temp down to 325 after 30 minutes and it was perfectly brown and done in 45 minutes. WOW hardly ever is anyones time right! Congrats again. Doing smaller loaves next time and feeze one. Also I liked this recipe as I only needed one pan as those with more bananas require a very tall loaf or more pans which I don’t care for. This size, color, recipe and taste are all a perfect 5!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat January 30, 2022 - 7:05 pm

No problem! People forget all the time, lol.
I see you tried Marisa’s technique. That’s great that it worked out.
Thanks so much for all of your kind words.

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Val February 27, 2022 - 7:51 am

Yep. I’m was one of those people looking for a “two banana” recipe. So glad I did! Just as promised, this recipe provided a moist and tender bread. I added unsweetened coconut and chopped nuts and it was gone before I could store it! Thanks for a great recipe! And thank you for that foil tip! I’ll be keeping that in my arsenal of cooking tricks for years to come!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat February 27, 2022 - 12:16 pm

I’ve noticed that more and more people are adding coconut to this bread; I’m definitely going to try it! You’re very welcome. So happy it came out great for you. I get that all the time about the foil trick. Thanks so much for the 5 star rating, Val.

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Anonymous March 15, 2022 - 9:05 am

I am a experienced baker and the batter was thinner than I expected and closer to cake batter. The banana bread recipes I have made in the past have been a bit heavier than this recipe. It produced a very light and moist bread, but closer to cake texture for me. I cooked this at 325 for 50 minutes and it cooked perfectly and I did not need the foil. You definitely need this to cool in the pan before removing. The flavor was good and next time I think I might add nuts. This was supper easy to make.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 18, 2022 - 11:42 am

Something isn’t right here. The bread shouldn’t be that light. Were your bananas spoiled, perhaps? They get really watery when they reach this stage! Yep, always cool it in the pan first for removing it. Great idea; classic addition. Thanks for the review!

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CM March 28, 2022 - 5:00 pm

This turned out delicious! I did change it slightly & made a banana mango bread. We are going out of town tomorrow & I needed to use up my one large overripe banana and a small ripe yellow mango. So instead of 2 bananas I use the one banana & the mango. I cut up then mashed the mango. I followed the rest of the recipe just as it was written other than substituting the mango for a banana. I will definitely try this again with the 2 bananas in the future!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat April 1, 2022 - 11:08 am

That flavor combination sounds amazing and so creative! Let me know which one you like better; the mango-banana or just the regular banana.

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Melissa May 26, 2022 - 10:33 pm

So easy and delicious. Glad I found this recipe. Made it twice. The second time I added chocolate chips.

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Renee June 18, 2022 - 3:44 pm

You were exactly right! I found your recipe because I had just two bananas! There are two things in particular that I’ve never found recipes for that worked for me and that I love. One is chocolate chip cookies. The other is banana bread. I’ve tried so many banana bread recipes in my life, and some were downright terrible and some were just okay. But today I have finally found THE banana bread recipe for me! I found your recipe, and miraculously I had everything in my house which almost never happens. And honestly, I didn’t hold out much hope since I’ve not had success in the past, but this came out amazing! It was so simple and so easy to put together. It has the exact taste, texture, moisture, and crumb that I love. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have now officially ended my search for a banana bread recipe. It’s wonderful. Thank you!

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Steph June 25, 2022 - 12:46 am

I don’t think you can go wrong with this recipe. I accidentally used a 1/2 TBSP instead of 1/2 tsp and it still turned out amazing! Recommend this recipe to anyone who doesn’t have that 3rd banana and felt sad they couldn’t make banana bread because now you can!

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