This 4-Ingredient Banana Bread recipe is moist, full of banana flavor, and so easy to make with simple ingredients! Prepare a loaf for quick breakfasts, snacks, or desserts.

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4 Ingredient Banana Bread Without Cake Mix

You don’t need to be a seasoned baker to make this delicious banana bread recipe! Made with just four simple ingredients, you can easily whip up a fresh loaf whenever a craving hits.

I love putting fun twists on classic recipes. After all, who can resist a slice of Pumpkin Banana Bread, Strawberry Banana Bread, or Double Chocolate Banana Bread? However, sometimes I prefer a simple easy banana bread recipe instead.

And this version never disappoints! In fact, it’s so easy even the kids can whip it up. Plus, I’m willing to bet you already have everything you need on hand.

Perfectly sweet, the bread comes out with a bold banana flavor and an incredibly tender crumb. You may never go back to other recipes again!

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Ingredients for 4-Ingredient Banana Bread

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  • 4 ripe bananas – Use overripe bananas for the sweetest flavor. Just make sure they’re not so ripe that they’re complete mush. Learn how to quickly ripen bananas if yours are still a little green.
  • 2 eggs – For easy mixing, allow the eggs to reach room temperature before incorporating them into the batter.
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar – The light brown sugar adds extra moisture and depth to the banana bread. However, you can use granulated sugar if preferred.
  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour – This eliminates the need for a rising agent such as baking powder or baking soda required when using all-purpose flour.


  • Make gluten-free 4-ingredient banana bread by using your favorite brand of gluten-free self-raising flour.
  • Add some delicious texture to this recipe by mixing chopped nuts, raisins, or blueberries into the batter.
  • Fold chocolate chips into the batter for pockets of indulgence in every bite.
  • Use the banana bread batter to make banana muffins instead of a bread loaf! Prepare the batter as usual. Then, pour it into greased muffin tins, filling each cup 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are puffy, lightly golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Directions for How to Make 4-Ingredient Banana Bread

  1. Prepare: Preheat our oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray, and coat it with a light dusting of flour. Tap out any excess, and set the pan aside.
  2. Mash the bananas: Add the bananas to a large mixing bowl. Use a fork to mash them until no large pieces remain. A few small pieces are okay! They add texture to the batter.
  3. Whisk the wet ingredients: Add the eggs to the bowl of bananas. Whisk with a fork until smooth.
  4. Add the dry ingredients: Add the sugar and self-rising flour. Mix until a smooth, thick batter forms. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it out evenly.
  5. Bake: Transfer the pan to the oven, and bake for 50 minutes. The bread will pull away from the edges of the pan when done. A toothpick inserted into the center will also come out clean.
  6. Cool: Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Then, flip it onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Serving Suggestions

You can easily serve this 4-ingredient banana bread recipe on its own. However, I like to top mine with butter, Nutella spread, or peanut butter for extra flavor!

Quick Tip

To make it easy to remove the bread, line your pan with parchment paper, letting some hang over the sides. Once baked, all you have to do is lift the edges, and your banana bread will pop right out!

Sliced 4-ingredient banana bread on white serving plates, a piece of 4-ingredient banana bread on a metal fork.

How To Store + Freeze 4-Ingredient Banana Bread

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days. Or, transfer it to the fridge for up to seven days. To keep it fresh, wrap the entire loaf or individual slices in plastic wrap. Then, transfer them to an airtight container or sealable bag.
  • Freeze leftover bread for up to three months. Once cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out!
  • Thaw frozen bread in the fridge overnight. Then, serve it chilled, or warm individual slices for 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave, and enjoy.
Two slices of 4-ingredient banana bread.

4-Ingredient Banana Bread

This moist and flavorful 4-Ingredient Banana Bread is so easy with just 4 ingredients! Enjoy a slice for breakfast or as a delicious snack.
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Course: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 8×4 loaf pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • Measuring cups
  • Rubber spatula


  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour


  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Spray a loaf pan with baking spray and dust the pan with flour.
  • Add the bananas to a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a fork so there are no large pieces. A few smaller pieces are okay!
    4 ripe bananas
  • Add the eggs and whisk them into the bananas with the fork.
    2 eggs
  • Add the sugar and self-rising flour and mix everything together well to form a thick batter.
    ¾ cup light brown sugar, 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread the batter evenly in the pan.
  • Bake the banana bread for 50 minutes. The banana bread will be pulling away from the edges of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center on the bread will come out cleanly.
  • Let the banana bread cool for about 15 minutes in the pan then flip it out onto a cooling rack. Slice and enjoy!


You can also slice a 5th banana the long way, cutting it into three long strips. Place the strips on top of the batter in the loaf pan before baking. This is an easy way to make the banana bread look nice!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. So it doesn’t need butter?

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      No! It’s perfectly moist and flavorful without it. 😊

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