4 Ingredient Banana Bread

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This 4-ingredient banana bread is a breeze to make and delivers a moist, delicious loaf every time. It’s made with only 4 ingredients; ripe bananas, sugar, eggs, and self-raising flour. It's an easy, classic treat, perfect for any time of day.

Recipe Description

Banana bread is a classic comfort food, and this easy banana bread recipe's simplicity makes it a go-to for busy days or when you need a quick homemade treat. The ripe bananas provide natural sweetness, while the eggs and self-raising flour create a moist and fluffy texture. Enjoy a slice with a dollop of whipped honey and a slab of melted butter.

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4 Ingredient Banana Bread Ingredients

Everything you need to make 4 ingredient banana bread.

  • Self-rising Flour: This is a type of flour that already contains baking powder and salt, which helps baked goods rise and adds flavor. If you don't have self-rising flour on hand, you can easily make a substitute. For every cup of self-rising flour called for in a recipe, simply combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Mix well before using it in your recipe. This substitute works well in most recipes that call for self-rising flour.

Test Kitchen Notes

  • Adding Ins: Add chopped nuts or chocolate chips into the batter. Add a splash of vanilla extract or swap out the sugar for brown sugar for a deeper flavor.

    Ripe Bananas: Using overripe bananas is crucial for achieving the best flavor in your banana bread. The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more pronounced the banana flavor will be in the final product. 

    Mixing Technique: Be mindful not to overmix the batter. Overmixing can lead to a dense and tough loaf. Mix the ingredients until just combined for a tender and moist banana bread.

    Testing for Doneness: To check if your banana bread is ready, insert a cake tester or toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the bread is done baking.

    Cool Before Slicing: Allow your banana bread to cool completely in the pan before slicing. This helps the bread set and makes it easier to slice without crumbling.


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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 40mins
Serves or Makes: 1 loaf (8-10 slices)

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  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups self-raising flour


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” x 5” loaf tin with baking paper and set aside.

  • Step 2

    In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.

  • Step 3

    Add the eggs and sugar, and beat the mixture until well combined.

  • Step 4

    Stir in the self-raising flour until just combined. Do not over-mix.

  • Step 5

    Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin.

  • Step 6

    Bake for 40 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

  • Step 7

    Allow the banana bread to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Step 8

    Once cooled, store the banana bread in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 2 to 4 days.