A truly fool proof recipe that is perfectly moist and delicious every time! This Instant Pot banana bread is a “set it and forget it” recipe with no oven required!
Why This Recipe Works
This recipe was my first go around at baking in my Instant Pot and… I’m obsessed! Baking in the Instant Pot is so easy because you don’t have to continually watch your baked good to see when it will be done (set and forget!), it won’t heat up your whole house like the oven does, aaaaand it makes everything SO moist! (Sorry if you hate that word!)
I love to throw this together on a Sunday and then go about my usual house chores while it bakes. And if I get caught up in doing laundry and forget about it? No problem! It can sit in there for a bit without overcooking. Pressure cooker banana bread is seriously so fool proof!
- Flour. If you’d like to sub flour you can use whole wheat or 1:1 gluten free flour. Other flours like almond flour or coconut flour likely won’t work!
- Melted butter. Be sure that your melted butter is cooled to room temperature otherwise it will cook your eggs and cause your Instant Pot banana bread to not turn out!
How To This Recipe
To start, pour 1 cup of water into your pressure cooker and lightly spray your baking pan with non-stick spray.
Next, mash up your bananas really well into a large bowl. I prefer to use a potato masher for this, but you could also use a fork!
Then, add in the melted butter, eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
Now add in your flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt to the banana mixture. Again, stir well. You want everything to be nice and uniform!
Pour your batter into the prepared pan and then cover the top of the pan first with a sheet of paper towel, then with aluminum foil.
Place the pan onto the trivet and insert into the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Set your Instant Pot to “pressure cook” setting and set the timer for 50 minutes.
Once cooking time is over you can let you pressure cooker naturally release and keep warm. I’d suggest not letting it sit in here too long beyond the 15 minute pressure release, but no need to rush to get it out! That’s the beauty of this recipe!
Once cooked and the pressure is released remove it from the pressure cooker and allow to cool fully, dust with powdered sugar if desired, slice, and enjoy!
Ripe bananas are KEY to baking delicious banana bread. Using non-ripe bananas won’t work well because they won’t mash well and they won’t be as sweet. Here are a couple tips for ripening bananas fast so you can get to making your banana bread:
1. Store in a cool, dark place. Do this if you have one or two days before you’re planning to make your bread. I throw mine in a paper bag and put in the pantry.
2. Pop into the microwave. Pierce the banana with a fork a few times and microwave it for 30 seconds at a time until you get it just slightly soft.
3. Warm in the oven. Pop them in the oven at 350 degrees with their peels on for 15-20 minutes.
When I first tested this recipe I just used whatever pan I had that fit into my Instant Pot, which was a random 6-7 inch oval pan with about 3″ sides. Then I bought an Instant Pot bundt pan for like $12, just so it looked a little more fancy.
Honestly though, any pan that fits into your Instant Pot and is oven safe will work! Typically, a 6-7 inch pan will work well. You can use metal or glass in the Instant Pot.
If you don’t have a trivet (but it should come with one!) no worries. You can really use anything that is metal that will raise your baking pan. For instance, you could throw a couple metal cookie cutters down there, steamer basket or heck you could even ball up some aluminum foil and throw it down there!
Not using a trivet might make inserting your pan into the Instant Pot a little more tricky, just be careful not to spill it inside as you place it in there.
Here is how you should store this Instant Pot banana bread once it’s all baked:
On the counter: For this, place it into an air tight container and store on the counter for 5-7 days.
In the freezer: If you’re not ready to sink your teeth into your bread quite yet, or you have some leftover, go ahead and freeze it! If it’s sliced I recommend freezing the slices individually before putting them in to a bag. This will keep for about 2-3 months in the freezer. (Pro-tip: try making frozen ice cream sandwiches with it. DIVINE!)
- When adding the powdered sugar be sure to wait until your bread is fully cooled otherwise it will simply melt right into it.
- If you’d like to add chocolate chips or nuts go for it! You can fold these in right before you put it into the pan. You’ll want to use 1/2-1 cup depending on how chocolatey or nutty you want it. You can also add a bit to the pan before you add the batter, this will make sure you have some on top!
- You can also add a peanut butter swirl. To do this you’ll want to first drizzle peanut butter into the pan before adding the batter. Then, add the batter followed by a heavy drizzle of peanut butter. Take a knife and swirl it through the batter in an “S” like shape. Bake as usual!
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Easy Instant Pot Banana Bread
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/3 c flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Pour 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot and then lightly spray your baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Mash your bananas into a large bowl with a fork or potato masher.
- Now add your melted butter, eggs and vanilla to your bananas, mixing well.
- Then add your flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt to the banana mixture, again mixing well.
- Pour your batter into the prepared baking pan and cover first with paper towel, then with aluminum foil.
- Place pan onto trivet and insert into the pressure cooker.
- Set to "pressure cook" setting on high and set timer for 50 minutes.
- Allow pressure to naturally release, remove from pressure cooker and allow to cool.
- Slice your banana bread and enjoy!
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