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How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

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Is the bunch of bananas you just bought from the local market too green for your snacking preference? Or have you been craving banana bread and are in need for overripe bananas to make your favorite recipe? Check out these five ways to speed up the process to ripen bananas.

You may not have thought about science since your freshman gen-chem seminars, but hear me out. Bananas give off a molecule called ethylene. You can’t see it but this compound works on processing the sugars within the fruit, allowing the banana to soften and change colors. With a little time, some warmth, and consolidation, your bananas will soon be suitable for your snacking or baking preference.

1. In a bunch: takes about 24-48 hours to ripen

Ones that grow together, ripen together. Do not separate all the bananas at once. Only separate the one you want to eat and leave the others intact. You can even bunch up your roommate’s bananas with yours by using some foil. More consolidation means more ethylene emitted in one area.

2. Place in warm places: takes about 24-48 hours to ripen

Place bananas in warm areas such as near a heater, above your refrigerator, or in a cooling down oven. In the latter, make sure to check on them frequently. You’ll want to pull them out when brown spots begin to form.

3. In a paper bag: takes about 12-24 hours to ripen

Place bananas in a brown paper bag and close loosely. Ethylene will build up and circulate within the bag, speeding up the ripening process. Check at certain intervals in order to take them out at your desired ripeness.

#SpoonTip: Place a ripe fruit such as an apple or tomato in the bag as well. These other fruits also emit ethylene and will enhance the bananas ripening.

4. In the oven: about 15-30 minutes to ripen

This method is great to ripen bananas for recipes because heat brings out the fruit’s sugar. Bananas cannot be overly green when using this method. Put unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet and place in an oven set at 300ºF. Check on them frequently because time will vary, and don’t fret if the bananas leak a bit. You know they’re done when the peels become shiny and black.

5. In the microwave: 30 seconds-2 minutes to ripen

Take a fork or sharp knife and completely poke through the skin of the peel a couple of times on all sides. Place the banana in the microwave for 30 seconds. Let cool slightly and check if desired softness is met. If not, microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Continue this process until desired ripeness is obtained.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Did you bring home a banana or two from the dining hall, and they’ve just been sitting there? Or maybe you grabbed a couple of bananas at the free hotel breakfast this morning? With a few basic ingredients, you can totally make banana bread in a mug!

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

If you ever plan on doing a little baking in your microwave, I recommend having a small container of each of these products on hand:

  • white sugar
  • all purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon

My daughter helped me develop this recipe in her dorm room. Late one night she called me because she was dying for banana bread, which is one of her favorite desserts. I gave her a list of ingredients, and she put it all together, popped it in the microwave and loved it.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Luckily, she just so happened to have bananas turning brown. You can let your bananas sit until they are totally brown to make this recipe. They’ll feel mushy, but that is the PERFECT banana for mug banana bread.

She had some fairly small bananas. We figured out, while we were experimenting, if you love banana flavor, you might want to add an extra banana to your mug if you have room and your bananas are small. Or, if you have a pretty large banana, you’ll need just one.

How to Make Banana Bread in a Mug

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

I recommend using a mug larger than 12 oz, just so things don’t bubble over. This recipe is simple to make.

I like to add the bananas first and then smash them up in the mug. Next, I just throw all the other ingredients in and mix it all up. Depending on your microwave, it might take anywhere from 2 to 3 minutes to completely cook through.

I have an amazing banana bread recipe over on my other blog, and it’s topped with cinnamon and sugar that crystallizes while it’s baking. I’ve made this banana bread in a mug both with and without that cinnamon and sugar topping. If you like something like that, mix a tiny pinch of cinnamon with a teaspoon of sugar and sprinkle it over the top of the mixture before you pop it in the microwave. This is totally optional.

If you are a big fan of chocolate and/or Nutella, you can make your banana bread in a mug extraordinary, if you add a spoonful of Nutella on top of this dessert. It will send your mouth straight to heaven.

More Microwave Desserts

Looking for more desserts to make in the microwave? Check out these delicious ideas:

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Love banana bread? Use up that last banana or two and make it in a mug topped with Nutella!

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

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Overripe bananas make delicious banana bread, but timing your purchase so the bananas reach the right stage of ripeness just when you want to start baking can be tricky. Growers intentionally ship underripe bananas to lengthen their shelf life, and it’s not unusual to find only green bananas in stock at the grocery store.

But don’t let that deter you. You can speed the process with a simple paper bag or instantly ripen bananas in your oven.

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How to Ripen Bananas for Eating

To ripen green bananas for eating out of hand or baking in a few days, there are a couple of options available:

  • Warm Spot: Put them in the warmest area of your home. Good locations might be on top of your refrigerator or next to a sunny window. Depending on the stage of ripeness when you bring them home from the store and how you prefer to eat them, it may take anywhere from 24 hours to four or five days to ripen a green banana without any other intervention. Note that bananas ripen more quickly in a bunch, so leave them together unless you want to delay the ripening of one or two.
  • Paper Bag: To speed the ripening process, put the bananas in a paper bag and loosely fold down the top. Add an apple or a couple of already very ripe bananas to the bag to increase the amount of ethylene gas circulating around the green fruit. The bananas should ripen in just a day or two using this method.

Ripening Effects of Ethylene

Some fruits, including bananas, produce ethylene as they ripen. The invisible gas then promotes further ripening, making it a useful tool for speeding the process in fruits that get harvested and sent to market before they reach optimal ripeness. Ethylene helps convert starch into sugar, giving the fruit its characteristic sweet taste, and in the case of bananas, softening the flesh and turning the peel yellow.

How to Ripen Bananas for Baking

To immediately ripen bananas for use in banana bread, cake, or other baked goods that call for overripe bananas, you can use the oven or the microwave. The oven does a good job of developing the sweet flavor of overripe bananas, while the microwave just tenderizes the fruit.

  • Oven: Put unpeeled bananas on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake them in a preheated 300 F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway, or until the banana skins turn completely black all over. Let them cool, then scoop the banana pulp from the peel and mash it for your recipe. The fruit will have the texture and flavor of an overripe banana.
  • Microwave: This method softens the bananas but does not improve the flavor or increase the sweetness, so you may need to increase the sugar in your recipe to compensate. This method works better with partially ripened fruit rather than fully green bananas. Peel the bananas and place them on a microwave-safe plate or bowl. Heat them on high just until you hear them sizzling, about 30 seconds.

Frozen Bananas

Frozen, ripe bananas are a good option for baking, since their soft texture makes them easy to mix into a batter. If you get overzealous ripening bananas and don’t need them all at once, freezing is a great way to store them for baking another day. You can freeze ripe bananas in the peel, but they won’t last much longer than a month. No matter how you freeze your bananas, defrost (and peel, if needed) before using.

Author’s Note (June 20, 2017): Thanks to everyone who’s read and commented on this post over the years. Many of you have pointed out that I didn’t give very useful microwave instructions, and you are absolutely right. That was partially an oversight on my part, and also due to the fact that I was using a convection microwave that acted mostly like an oven. Due to some fluke of the internet, this post was linked to in a Buzzfeed list and I’ve gotten more than 20,000 hits because of it. I hadn’t been anticipating anywhere near this much interest in it, otherwise I probably would’ve had someone double check that my instructions were clear! Sorry about any disappointment or confusion. Good luck making banana bread anyway!

This is my favourite banana bread recipe to date. It makes gorgeously moist and perfectly banana-y bread that can be enjoyed any time of day. Normally I make this in an oven, which I do prefer, but in my apartment in Lyon, sadly, we don’t have an oven. What we have to work with are two hotplates and a microwave that can be tuned to the quasi-functionality of an oven by blending a proportion of grilling and microwaving properties. I was very skeptical. But due to a combination of my own cravings and the tragic discovery that only one or two of my friends here even knew what banana bread was, I concluded that I had to make it. And thus I had to make it work in the microwave. To my great surprise it actually turned out and is fabulous.

A note to hunters of fine vegan (baking) fair: although I haven’t veganed this recipe, there are a bunch of ways you can turn a non-vegan recipe into a plant-borne dream. To replace the eggs, substitute 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce for each egg, or replace the eggs with a mixture of ground flax seeds and water, a recipe for which you can find here. If you are replacing the egg, try adding a little bit extra baking soda to help the bread rise, because along with binding the ingredients, the egg helps the bread rise (though no guarantees, I haven’t tried that). And of course, you can replace the butter with your choice of butter-like spread, such as Earth Balance, or a regular margarine.

Makes 1 loaf that serves anywhere between one very hungry person to 8 – 10 civilized people enjoying their afternoon tea.

4 or 5 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup butter, melted [75 g]
3/4 – 1 cup sugar [150 – 200 g]
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour [220 g]
Optional tbsp of cinnamon
Optional 1/2 cup nuts (I recommend walnuts) or 2 tbsp poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 F. (For the simplicity of this recipe and due to the fact that I have no idea how to describe the functionality of my personal microwave, I’ll assume you have an oven on hand. If not, experiment with a convection setting on your microwave and proceed with caution).

With a wooden spoon, mix melted butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add flour last, mix. Or just throw it all in a bowl and mash it with a potato masher (or the bottom of a glass).

Pour mixture into a buttered 4 x 8 inch loaf pan, or if you don’t have it, a cake pan will suffice. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes. Make sure to check its doneness as the timing may be different. Remove the bread from the pan, cool it on a rack for 5 – 10 minutes (or a plate if you don’t have one) or don’t if you like your nanner bread steaming hot, slice, and serve. Try serving it warm with butter or peanut butter.

How do you reheat banana bread? If you landed on this page, I am pretty sure that you are in need of some instruction as to the correct way to get banana bread warmed up properly.

The process of reheating is pretty simple, especially since you have so many options at your disposal. Below, I am going to highlight the best methods to reheat banana bread, some quick, others not so quick……but they all get the job done.

The oven, while slow, is a pretty good option to use when it comes to reheating your banana bread. It is going to take some time, but if you have a couple of minutes to spare, then the end result should definitely be worth it.

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place the banana bread in an oven safe dish.
  • Place in oven and allow the bread to reheat for 15-25 minutes (the time will vary and this will often depend on if you are reheating it from room temperature or if you had it in the fridge/freezer)
  • Once you feel it has been reheated to the level that you want, take out and enjoy.

Microwave

When it comes to reheating some foods, I am anti-microwave, but the microwave is still a good and quick option that you can use to reheat your banana bread….especially since some people actually use it to make banana bread.

The amount of time that it takes to reheat your banana bread, will depend on if you are doing a slice or a whole loaf. So keep that in mind when you are getting ready to warm up.

Steps:

  • Take the banana bread and place in a microwave safe container.
  • (Optional) You can place a damp paper towel or cloth over the bread to prevent it from drying out.
  • Zap it for maybe 30 seconds to 1 minute (depending on the size and how cold it is).
  • If you find that it is warmed up to your liking, take out, allow to cool and serve.

The Toaster

This is a bit different and depending on the texture of the banana bread, you could actually get away with reheating it inside of a toaster. The big challenge is that banana bread can be pretty crumbly and placing it inside of the toaster can cause it to break apart. If you find that your bread is pretty firm, then you could definitely go with the toaster as a reheating option.

Steps:

  • Cut the banana bread into slices that are big enough to fit inside of a toaster.
  • Let it toast for the desired time and when finished, take it out and enjoy.

The best moist banana bread that is so delicious you won’t know it’s healthy! You are going to love this easy to make healthy banana bread recipe.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

This is my all-time favorite banana bread recipe. It is moist and full of rich banana flavor. Your search for the perfect healthy banana bread recipe stops here!

I try not to label recipes as, “The Best,” unless I really mean it. I confidently call this healthy banana bread the best. It has the sweetness, moisture and flavor that you are looking for in a loaf of banana bread, healthy or otherwise.

I can’t even tell you how many times I have tested this recipe to make sure it is just perfect before sharing it here. I’ve tried out different amounts of banana, butter, sweetener and flour. I’ve made this banana bread with and without milk. I’ve found the perfect balance of ingredients and can’t wait for you to try this healthy banana bread recipe for yourself.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Banana bread and banana muffins are my favorite way to use up over-ripe bananas. I like to make both ahead of time for quick breakfasts and snacks for my family.

How to Make this Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

This whole wheat banana bread is made in one bowl, except for mashing the banana. I always mash my bananas in a separate bowl using a fork. You can also mash the bananas in a stand mixer.

To make this banana bread, you will start by whisking together your wet ingredients: melted butter, honey, mashed banana and eggs. I always start by melting the butter in my large glass mixing bowl in the microwave. Then I add the other wet ingredients to the bowl with the butter.

Once the wet ingredients are well combined, you will add baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla to the bowl. I like to add the vanilla last so that I can use the same measuring spoon that I used for the dry ingredients without washing in between.

Use your whisk to mix the batter up really well before adding the flour. You want to make sure that there are no clumps of baking soda or salt left in the batter.

Finally, add the flour to the bowl. Use a rubber spatula to mix in the flour until it is just combined. Mix until you don’t see any more streaks of flour and then stop. Over-mixing the batter will make your banana bread dense instead of light and soft.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

When I bake quick breads like this banana bread, I prepare my loaf pan by cutting a sheet of parchment paper to fit in the pan, as you see in the photo above. Lining the pan with parchment will make sure that your banana bread comes out of the pan easily, without sticking to the bottom of the pan.

How to Freeze Banana Bread

Banana bread will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months, when wrapped well. Let the baked bread cool completely on a wire rack before freezing.

You can wrap and freeze the loaf of banana bread whole. Or, if you want to be able to grab individual servings of banana bread from the freezer, slice the bread and wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap. Place the wrapped slices in a larger storage container or zip-top bag for storing in the freezer.

You can thaw banana bread overnight in the refrigerator or on the counter at room temperature for a few hours. Individual slices of banana bread can be thawed quickly in the microwave.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Banana bread for one! Make banana bread in a mug quickly with a few ingredients you probably already have on hand. Warm and delicious, this recipe results in a satisfying treat!

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know we have a good collection of banana bread recipes on. Some of our popular banana breads are chocolate chip banana bread, oatmeal banana bread and peanut butter banana bread. This banana bread in a mug is for times that you have only one banana left in your pantry or you’re looking for a small batch banana bread recipe.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

What is a mug cake?

Mug cakes are basically baked goods made in a mug using a microwave. They became trendy a few years ago and continue to be popular. They’re a quick way to satisfy your sweet tooth as it usually takes about three minutes to bake a mug cake. There are plenty of mug cake (and other mug-baked goods) variations out there; for example, you can find recipes for brownie in a mug and double chocolate mug cake on the blog.

Mug cakes are very simple to make and they’re almost always made in a microwave using a microwave safe mug. If you have a young baker at home, chances are they’re going to love helping you with this recipe!

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

What makes this banana bread in a mug a winner?

We like this recipe for three reasons:

  • It’s quick: baking this cake literally takes 5 minutes!
  • Only one banana: I bet we all have that one ripe banana sitting on the counter at some point. This is a great way to use it up.
  • It’s a small portion: For those of us who can’t stop eating cake and baked goods, this banana bread for one is a perfectly sized portion.

Ingredients

Like other banana breads, you need banana, sugar, flour, oil and an egg to make this mug cake. For extra moisture, I added yogurt to the batter. For a little extra flavor and crunch, I also added cinnamon and walnuts.

Using ripe bananas when it comes to making banana bread is very important. Your bananas should have brown dots on the skin for the best results. If you’re in a hurry, or your bananas are too green, there are ways to ripen bananas faster.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Preparation instructions

You won’t believe how easy and quick this banana bread is:

  • Mash the banana in a small bowl.
  • Mix it with the egg, oil, flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking powder.
  • Bake the banana bread in the microwave for about 2 minutes until done and serve warm.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Other additions

You can always add other ingredients like coconut flakes, walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips to this versatile recipe. The possibilities are endless.

Can I make this recipe without egg?

Yes. To make eggless banana bread in a mug, simply leave out the egg and add 1 tablespoon milk. The result will be just as good!

How long should I cook a mug cake?

This completely depends on your microwave and its function and power. This recipe usually takes somewhere between one and a half to three minutes. Always bake mug cakes in the microwave on high power and check after a minute and a half. You know your banana bread is ready when a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.

Can I use the oven for this recipe?

You can, but I don’t advise it. If you’re turning on the oven, just go ahead and make a full and big banana bread that you can enjoy for days. Mug cakes are perfect if you’re craving something quick and sweet.

Looking for more banana bread recipes?

Here is a step by step guide to making bread in the microwave, and you don’t need to be any good at baking to do it

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If you fancy some fresh bread but don’t want to wait hours for it to bake, there’s a way you can whip up enough for a quick snack and cook it in just 90 seconds.

You can make a loaf at home and it doesn’t involve hours of proving, a bread maker or even an oven.

All you need is a microwave and a handful of basic ingredients that you’ve probably got lurking in the kitchen.

Not only is this bread recipe a lifesaver when you’ve got nothing to accompany a tin of baked beans, but it is also cheap and super quick to make.

We recommend eating it straight away and toasting the bread once cooked for the best tasting results.

And if you don’t like baked beans, smother a toasted slice with butter and jam – it tastes like a crumpet.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Microwave bread recipe

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 40g self raising flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 25g margarine
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/3 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 tsp baking powder
  • Get a large mug and whisk the egg until foamy
  • Add baking powder and lemon juice then mix
  • Add all of the other ingredients to the mug and mix until smooth and sticky
  • Microwave for 90 seconds
  • Slice and toast

Can’t get hold of eggs?

You can still make microwave bread simply by replacing the egg white with any of the following.

Plus using any of the alternatives makes the bread vegan-friendly too.

  • 3 tbsp aquafaba (juice from a can of chickpeas)
  • 3 tbsp water + 1 tbsp ground flax seeds or chia seeds
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 3 tbsp milk + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

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Each mini loaf contains 344 calories.

To make the loaf gluten-free, simply use gluten-free flour instead of normal self raising flour.

To make the loaf dairy-free, use a margarine made with sunflower oil.

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

When it comes to banana bread, the only downside of making it is having to wait for it to be done — so I’ve decided to solve for that. And guess what? Along the way I’ve also solved for not having enough ingredients to make an entire loaf — so if you only have ONE overripe banana, that’s fine, because you’re about to have some banana bread, baby!

Not only is this fast and economical, but it’s also flourless. It’s basically blended oats (oat flour) and banana. Not only do I recommend you make this immediately, especially if you’re over making entire loaves of banana bread, but you’re not over eating them, but I think you should be doing this with your kids. It’s a great way for them to get a treat while secretly learning about measurements and baking!

The texture is super soft, it’s perfectly sweet, and it’s full of filling and good ingredients. What’s not to love?

What You Need To Make Banana Bread In A Mug

  • Measuring Spoons
  • Microwavable Mug
  • A Microwave

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

What Is The Fastest Way To Make Banana Bread?

It’s single-serving banana bread… but made in a mug instead of a loaf pan. It uses a small amount of just a few ingredients. You can make it in minutes. It’s Simple!

How To Make The Fastest Banana Bread

Banana bread is not hard to make, but if there’s an easier route to something, you bet I’m going to take it. Check out how quick it is to make your next serving of banana bread in a mug ( and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, down below):

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Banana Bread In A Mug

  • Mix it up the night before! Talk about time-saving.
  • If you don’t have banana use apple sauce or pumpkin puree
  • Add blueberries for extra flavor, but you can also add raspberries or strawberries
  • Use honey or agave instead of maple syrup
  • If you want only zero-calorie, zero-glycemic sweetener use liquid Lakanto

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Make More Mug Meals!

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  • Best-Ever Vanilla Cake In A Mug
  • Mug Pizza

Full (and printable) recipe below the video!

This healthy single serving banana bread in a mug is gluten-free and high in protein, AND it only takes 90 seconds in the microwave. A yummy microwave banana bread mug cake…what are you waiting for?!

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Summer is halfway over and it is still so hot here. I am not a summer person. I am much more chipper on a cold, snowy day that I am on a steamy beach day. On steamy beach days you can find me inside, somewhere that has good air conditioning.

Even though it’s crazy hot that doesn’t stop my love of baking, so I felt a baking urge come on during one of the most sweltering days here.

Our small window air conditioner was whirring away doing the best it could and I knew I couldn’t tax it anymore or it just might give up and stop working.

This is when I’m so grateful for the microwave!

Banana bread mug cake

Summer is the perfect time to make a single-serve microwave treat. In 90 seconds you can have a banana bread mug cake which you can enjoy in your air conditioned comfort.

Other mug cake recipes:

I like homemade goodies way more than buying them, and this is faster than going to the closest store and buying something. Way healthier too. This microwave banana bread in a mug is gluten-free and high in protein!

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Easy banana bread in a mug

In terms of easy banana bread recipes, you can’t get easier than this one.

You only need 3 or 4 ingredients, depending on if you use the chocolate chips.

I love this easy banana bread with the chocolate chips (because…chocolate), but sometimes I make it plain for my daughter since what 4-year-old really needs that extra energy boost from chocolate. Mine certainly doesn’t (“mama run. ”, “mama run faster. ”).

You need one bowl and a fork, and a couple of minutes in the microwave to make this easy banana bread. Perfect for first thing in the morning when you can barely think, a quick healthy snack after dinner, when it’s too hot to turn your oven on to make a full loaf of banana bread, and when you just want something that’s single serving without all those tempting leftovers around.

Microwave banana bread ingredients

You only need 4 ingredients to make this super quick microwave banana bread!

  • a banana (preettty essential for banana bread)
  • an egg (I like free range)
  • almond flour (or almond meal)
  • chocolate chips (any kind you like)

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Cakes with no flour

You’ll notice in the above ingredient list, that there is no flour in this easy banana bread recipe.

We use almond flour or almond meal instead of regular all-purpose flour. This makes this microwave banana bread recipe gluten-free and paleo as well.

Even though it’s called almond “flour”, it is not a grain-based flour at all. Almond flour or almond meal is just ground almonds! Using ground almonds gives this banana mug cake a delicious, sweet taste, and adds a ton of protein too since there is more protein in ground almonds than regular wheat flour.

So, using almond flour makes this a banana cake with no flour!

Tips on making this microwave banana bread

This banana bread mug cake couldn’t be any easier. Four ingredients and 90 seconds in the microwave. I made this three times in one week and Miss O loved hers too. I gave myself more chocolate chips than I gave her, don’t tell.

If you omit the chocolate chips, this recipe has only whole food ingredients and no added sugar – just sweetened with banana. We ate this for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or an evening treat.

The gluten-free-ness comes from using almond flour. I love using almond flour in baking so much – it is ground almonds and that’s it. It is full of protein and keeps your blood sugar more stable – no crashing like after a regular microwave muffin recipe. It will work with any almond flour.

This recipe can make one thicker banana bread but I like the texture better when it’s put into two dishes and cooked that way. That way you can share one too! If you’re just making one, increase the microwave time by 30-60 seconds. Still super fast!

How to Make Microwave Banana Bread

Microwave banana cake

If you’re looking to fancy up this microwave banana bread recipe, you could add some fixins to make this easy banana bread more decadent.

I’m thinking chocolate frosting, cream cheese frosting, peanut butter chips (if you love peanut butter, try this peanut butter mug cake), a melted chocolate drizzle…

Probably not all at once.

We’re full-on in dessert territory here.

These additions would turn this recipe into a microwave banana cake recipe and would make an awesome smash cake for a baby’s first birthday!

I made something similar to this for Miss Os first birthday, with unsweetened real whipped cream on top – she loved it (and was surprisingly dainty about the “smash” part of smash cake).

Substitutions in this microwave banana bread recipe

A lot of people have tried this banana bread mug cake recipe (thank you guys!) and there have been different questions about substituting ingredients.

I wanted to add some info on subs for those who have asked.

You can’t sub the almond flour with coconut flour – coconut flour acts completely different in baking than almond flour and it won’t turn out.

You CAN sub the almond flour with regular white flour. It will have a different texture, will have less protein and fewer calories than the original banana mug cake recipe.

You can sub the almond flour with a gluten-free flour mix. If you use white flour or a gluten-free baking mix, the microwave time might be a little different. Just keep an eye on it while it’s baking into deliciousness in the microwave.

For the chocolate chips, you can sub dairy-free chocolate chips, vegan chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chocolate chips, etc.

If you want a lower carb version (the almond flour and egg are already low carb), you can use stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, monk fruit chocolate chips, or (gasp) leave them out completely.

I have tried to make a vegan version of this microwave banana bread but so far it hasn’t turned out super delicious so I haven’t shared it yet.

Now, let’s make this healthy microwave banana bread mug cake!

Convection cooking is gaining popularity among people who want to consume less energy and want easy-to-operate appliances that don’t take up much space in the kitchen. A convection microwave oven has features of both a traditional oven and a microwave. It saves time and energy by cooking like a regular oven and also functioning as a microwave. Baking bread in a microwave is advantageous because the crust does not dry out as in a conventional oven. Also, the cooking time is reduced, and you can make a delicious loaf of bread without much effort.

Prepare bread in a convection microwave oven

Grease a 9×5-inch microwave-safe loaf pan. Combine flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl.

Add water and oil to the dry ingredients. Gently mix together using your fingers. Knead the dough until soft, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Prove for 10 minutes on the convection setting of 160 F (70 C). Reduce temperature to 100 F (40 C), and prove for 10 more minutes, until the dough doubles in size.

Remove the dough from the bowl and knead slightly. Shape into a loaf and gently place in the greased pan. Cover with plastic wrap.

Prove the dough for 10 minutes on the convection setting of 160 F (70 C). Reduce temperature to 100 F (40 C), and prove for 10 more minutes. Remove the pan from the oven.

Preheat the convection oven to 425 F (220 C).

Brush the top of the loaf with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place the loaf pan on the lowest rack and cook the bread for 21 to 23 minutes on the low mix/bake setting.

Check if the bread is done by tapping the crust. You should hear a hollow sound if the bread is cooked and ready. Cool the bread until just warm and run a knife around the sides of the pan to remove the loaf. Cool completely before slicing.

The bread loaf can crumble if not cooled completely before slicing. Make bread rolls from this same recipe by dividing the dough into balls and baking them on a cookie sheet.