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Saturday, July 15, 2023

The Best Banana Bread in a Bread Maker

“Those who bring forth brown bananas
do therefore take home the banana bread.”

As seen in our video, "Living in an RV During an Arctic Blast"

Wet Ingredients: 

  • 3 medium to large extra ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/3 cup mashed banana)
  • 1/3 cup melted and cooled coconut oil (or room temp in the summer)
    • - Can sub olive oil or butter for this, but the coconut oil gives it more of a dessert flavor
  • 1/2 cup packed coconut sugar (maple or brown sugar will also work)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract 
    • Can be left out, or substituted with something else delicious, like flavored coffee creamer. Pumpkin flavor might also be nice.
  • 2 tablespoons oat milk (or milk of choice)

Dry Ingredients: 

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 

Optional add-ins:

  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. First, take out the spinner attachment to your bread maker pan. You won’t be needing that. 
  2. Mash bananas on a paper plate for easy cleanup.  
  3. Combine all wet ingredients into a bread machine pan. Stir until well combined, but it's okay if there are still a few banana chunks. No need to over-mix. I use a rubber spatula scraper for this part so I can scrape the batter down off the sides of the pan.
  4. Select the “Bake” option on bread machine. Be sure it’s the one that does just baking, no spinning or rising needed.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Melted chocolate is fine, but you don’t want to see wet bread batter.
  6. Take pan out of bread maker and let cool.
  7. Flip the banana bread out onto parchment paper or a paper plate and slice.
  8. Enjoy with friends over coffee, or wrap a loaf in parchment or tin foil and gift to someone special! 

Note: Always be careful using appliances in an RV, and be mindful of how much power your appliance is using. Our RV is 30 amp, so our rule of thumb is to run only one appliance at a time. This can also be a problem during peak summer when there are strains on the power grid. We will share our tips for managing RV power in another blog post.


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