Banana Bread Recipe for 2 Bananas

by 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 (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (156g) 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.

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

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 - 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

Banana Bread Recipe with 2 Bananas

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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.
4.85 from 145 votes

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

Ingredients
 

  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (156g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). 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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221 comments

Jennifer December 26, 2022 - 1:32 pm

I forgot the vanilla:( Guess what? It’s still very good! I never buy or have all purpose flour so I used self rising and omited the salt and baking soda. I usually don’t change recipes but just wanted you to know it still turned out.
I can’t believe I forgot the vanilla I never do that!

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Beat Bake Eat September 27, 2023 - 7:21 pm

I hate when I forget the vanilla too. It’s rare but it still happens. Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

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Jennifer December 26, 2022 - 1:44 pm

I forgor to rate it. So here you go!

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Beat Bake Eat September 27, 2023 - 7:20 pm

Thank you!

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Detra February 7, 2023 - 1:37 pm

Quick and easy. I did muffins instead and they came out great

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Beat Bake Eat September 27, 2023 - 7:16 pm

Lovely

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Anonymous February 15, 2023 - 1:05 pm

Loved it, substituted sugar with monk fruit sweetener and added walnuts

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Donna February 26, 2023 - 11:07 am

What a great recipe! It was so easy and quick to make however it came out moist and so tasty!
I had some fresh strawberries that I needed to use up so I saved out 1/4 cup of the sugar and mixed in chopped strawberries . Set them aside until all the liquid beating and then added them to the liquid. It was a yummy addition that seemed to work well.

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Anonymous March 30, 2023 - 9:24 pm

Best banana muffins ever. Baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Light and fluffy, nice brown on top.

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Beat Bake Eat September 27, 2023 - 6:47 pm

I love baking muffins at 400F! It’s good to know this recipe works with that temperature.

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Rosie April 25, 2023 - 5:22 pm

This is the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever used. I manage to always mess up recipes, except this one! I added a handful of oats and a roughly chopped up chocolate bar. It took a bit longer to bake (18mins more), but I will definitely re-use this recipe.

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Beat Bake Eat September 27, 2023 - 6:32 pm

Unfortunately, substituting ingredients will do that sometimes. The longer bake time may be due to the chocolate bar but that sounds delicious.

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Anonymous April 25, 2023 - 7:53 pm

Just made this and since I had a very ripe avocado decided to try that in place of the oil. It made the batter a little darker but the bread is amazing, moist and delicious! You can’t taste any avocado in the bread. My husband doesn’t like avocado so I didn’t tell him I used it – he ate 3 slices and said it is delicious banana bread. Give it a try!

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Beat Bake Eat September 27, 2023 - 6:20 pm

Haha! You’re sneaky. I’ve never done that before but I’ve thought of it; good to know it works.

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Sheryl August 6, 2023 - 7:25 pm

This was absolutely delicious, and so easy to make. I uses 1 and 1/2 bananas and it still tastes like banana bread,
Would make this again and again.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat September 12, 2023 - 10:46 pm

Thank you, Sheryl!

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Pi August 26, 2023 - 6:56 pm

Recipe with 2 bananas came out really good, moist. Covering with foil paper after 30 minutes of baking is a great idea, looks nice golden after 15 minutes more of baking cover with foil.
Thank you for this recipe. Love it!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat September 12, 2023 - 10:31 pm

Yes, it’s a nice little hack and I love how golden the crust on this bread is too. You’re welcome. Thanks for the 5-star rating.

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TruMac September 5, 2023 - 3:51 pm

I’ve made this recipe a few times and it has turned out perfect almost every single time. The best receipe I’ve found for sure. So simple and easy to make. I added some cashew and raisins to it and it turned out so good. One time I had only one banana and still went ahead and made it and it turned out good even then. Thanks for this amazing recipe :).

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat September 12, 2023 - 10:18 pm

Oh, wow, that’s great! I’ve never made them with just 1 banana but good to know that works. You’re very welcome. Thanks for the feedback.

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Lynn November 4, 2023 - 11:42 pm

This recipe is the best. I’ve made it twice since finding the recipe about 6 weeks ago. So moist, easy, and yummy.

Thank you! Can’t wait to try out more of your recipes.

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Beat Bake Eat November 5, 2023 - 1:35 pm

Thank you so much, Lynn!

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Liz January 15, 2024 - 10:19 am

Made this yesterday.. Excellent! I did toast the walnuts in a pan adding some raw sugar at the end. Watch closely or they will burn. Just a few seconds at most. Then I added 1/2 c. of mini chocolate chips. Just enough to add sweetness so as not to overwhelm. Yum yum!

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Beat Bake Eat January 16, 2024 - 7:53 pm

1/2 cup sounds perfect, actually! Ouu, toasting the walnuts elevated the taste I’m sure. Your version sounds scrumptious, especially with the raw sugar.

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Claire January 15, 2024 - 9:23 pm

Sooooooo good! I always ending up have 2 Ripe bananas on hand so I make banana bread with this recipe. Thank you for sharing! I did not have baking soda so I did three teaspoons of baking powder. I did light brown sugar and I also added one tablespoon of cocoa powder! Delicious!

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Beat Bake Eat January 16, 2024 - 7:55 pm

Wow! Smart thinking. I bet the light brown sugar made it so flavorful; I have to try this sometime.

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Danny January 17, 2024 - 11:40 am

I love this recipe. Two changes that I made are substituting Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and monk fruit sweetener for the sugar. It turns out delicious and wonderful. Thought I would share this for folks who may have or know someone who is allergic or intolerant to wheat gluten and/or perhaps trying to cut back on sugar for health and/or dietary reasons. Also, I used avocado oil. Thank you for this.

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Beat Bake Eat January 17, 2024 - 5:58 pm

That is so thoughtful of you! Thanks so much for sharing. This is really helpful.

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Melissa March 15, 2024 - 4:34 pm

You made me smile today “I know why you’re here”. Lol! (I literally googled banana bread for 2 bananas.) 😂 You’re a beautiful soul- thanks for the chuckle and awesome recipe! . ♥️

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Anonymous April 29, 2024 - 5:25 pm

Add chocolate chips.

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MAMA T May 1, 2024 - 12:46 pm

THIS WAS THE EASIEST RECIPE FOR BANANA BREAD I HAVE FOUND, AND I LOVE THAT ITS ONLY 2 BANANA’S. WHICH OF COURSE I CAN MAKE ONCE NO ONE WANTS TO EAT THE BANANAS. I LOVE TURNING SOMETHING THAT WOULD PROBABLY GO TO WASTE INTO SOMETHING ELSE THAT EVERYONE WILL ENJOY. SO NOW I HAVE 2 OF MY ELDERLY NEIGHBORS SPORATICALLY GIVING ME BANANAS, SO THAT I CAN MAKE THEM BREAD. LOL I HAVE ACTUALLY MADE 2 LOAVES WITH ONLY 3 BANANAS, AND IT WORKED GREAT ALSO.

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Patti M. May 4, 2024 - 2:17 pm

I tried this recipe for 2 over-ripe bananas and followed your instructions carefully. It turned out looking beautiful and tasting delicious. I am keeping this recipe, for sure. Thank you!

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Julian July 7, 2024 - 10:14 am

Using this receipt for years everyone loves it . I add some walnuts and only half the sugar ! ( need ripe bananas ) thanks from the Netherlands

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