It's been a cold winter this year, and it feels like it's been dragging on forever, so I've been enjoying having any reason to turn on the oven lately... I'm kind of a fan of making things from scratch usually, but I do love something quick and easy just as well, and this box cake banana bread recipe is exactly that. Only 3 ingredients needed, and you've got some yummy comfort food to warm your spirit on a cold winter day.
For this recipe you will need
9 x 5 non stick bread pan
medium steel mixing bowl
bakers parchment paper
your favorite rubber spatula
a large fork or serving spoon
wood BBQ skewer (or toothpick)
2-3 ripe bananas (I used 2 large)
Super Moist Spice Cake Mix
Preheat the oven to 350, and line your bread pan with parchment paper.
Cut the paper an inch or two larger than the width of the pan, then press the paper into place and crease the excess paper at the ends of the loaf.
It doesn't have to be perfect or pretty, but this is a really easy way to get your bread pan lined with paper, without a lot of hassle or extra steps. Since you are using parchment paper, you don't need oil or cooking spray.
Add your bananas and eggs to a medium mixing bowl, and smash with a large fork or serving spoon. Once your banana mixture is creamy, add the box cake mix. Note, depending upon how ripe your bananas are, they may be easier or firmer to mash. Don't worry about the mixture being perfectly creamy or smooth, as when the cake bakes, the banana lumps will melt into the dough. Just do the best you can, or use a mixer on med-low if you are more comfortable with that.
At this point, you can mix your cake mix into your banana mixture and pour into your cake pan, but I can never leave things alone. I'm always trying to doctor up a recipe somehow, so today, I added 1/4 cup of raisins and a dash or two of nutmeg to the mix. If you like crushed nuts in your bread add them now, or even mix in some dark chocolate chips.
Finally, when your batter is mixed and ready to go, carefully pour it into your bread pan, using your rubber spatula to scrape out all the batter.
Bake on the center rack of the oven at 350* for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. I like to use wood bbq skewers for bread loaves, because you can poke them down deep and make sure the bread is thoroughly baked, through to the middle.
Once your banana bread is done baking, carefully remove it from the oven, lift the loaf out of the pan by grabbing the paper from both ends, and set the loaf (still inside the paper) on a plate or baking rack to cool. After cooling for about 30 minutes, slice your bread into 1inch slices, serve, and enjoy! If you have leftovers, you can slip them into an old bread bag, or a produce bag from your groceries. Leave the loaf inside the paper, so it's easier to slide in and out of your storage bag.
Not only is this an easy way to make something yummy, but it's also very affordable too. I believe the box cake was 89 cents at my local grocery, plus a couple bananas and a couple eggs... this banana bread recipe only costs around $2 to make. You could slip the loaf into a pretty cello bag with ribbon, and it would make a great gift! And, if you needed this to be gluten free, simply replace your standard box mix with a gluten free cake mix instead. You can also use yellow cake, or even try a chocolate cake mix, if you want something more desert like for your sweet tooth!
There are quite a few different ways to make box cake bread, so I'm going to start a series... check back soon for more easy box cake bread recipes! Yay!!