Sunday, May 22, 2011

Easy Cake Mix Banana Bread Recipe

1 box Betty Crocker® cake mix (See below for different variations)
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
4 mashed bananas

Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour 2 (9x5-inch) loaf pans. Select your favorite banana bread recipe from the list below. In large bowl, beat all ingredients together (including those specific add-ins mentioned in the ingredient descriptions below) until well mixed. Pour batter loaf pans. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center, comes out clean.

Variations and Tips
  • Chocolate cake mix, 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Yellow cake mix, 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Cherry chip cake mix, 1 jar maraschino cherries (sliced in half), 1/2 cup chopped almonds. Top cooked and cooled loaf with a drizzle of hot fudge sauce and a dollop of whipping cream.
  • Butter pecan cake mix, 2 cups butterscotch chips.
  • White cake mix, sprinkle the top of loaves with 1/4 cup of cinnamon-sugar before baking.
  • Strawberry Cake Mix, 1 cup frozen strawberries (thawed, drained, and chopped).
  • Spice Cake Mix, 8 ounces cream cheese mixed with 1 egg and 1/2 cup sugar. Spread half of the prepared cake mix into loaf pan. Spread cream cheese mixture on top of the cake mix. Swirl the remaining cake mix on top of the cream cheese layer.
  • White Cake Mix, 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped, 1 cup shredded coconut.
Freeze overripe bananas until you have enough to make a loaf of this luscious banana bread. Just pop them, peel and all, into the freezer. They can stay there for up to 3 months!

Grease and flour your pans before pouring the batter in them and you’ll have a lot less of a mess to clean up afterward. To grease them properly, your pans need to be sprayed with a good layer of nonstick cooking spray, then tossed with 1/4 cup of white flour until all sides of the pan are coated with flour. Gently tap out any excess flour, and then your pans are ready for the batter and baking!

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