Mini Banana Bread Loaves

8 adorable little loaves for the price of one recipe.

Serves: 16 (2 servings per loaf)

IMG_4444Many banana bread and muffin recipes are similar.   Hell, many are the same.  But that’s quite all right.  Because you may tweak the proportions a bit, but with some eggs, sugar, flour, and fat in the form of butter or oil, or dairy (or more than one of the above), and a group of over ripe bananas, you are going to end up with something well worth the small amount of effort involved, and that will endear you to friends and family, all around.  If I can think of something more guaranteed to be worth your while than a muffin or a quick bread, I will let you know.

So with this in mind, when I found the world’s most adorable loaf pan at the flea market I go to almost every  Sunday, 8 2 x 4-inch loaves all nestled into one single baking tray, I did not even think to negotiate the $2 price tag, I grabbed, and I ran. So now I get to make 8 happy recipients for the price of one recipe.  This is the point of it all, what drives me; if I have a happy eater at the end of my recipes/cooking, I happy. End of sentence. End of why I do what I do.

If you wish, you may leave me a comment with your address, and I will send you a little quick bread. I’m not kidding. Try me.

  • 2 cups cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse salt
  • 3 super ripe bananas
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 375° F, and lightly and oil 8 (2×4-inch) mini muffin pans.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Place the banana in a bowl, and add the both sugars and the butter and beat with an electric mixer until well blended (there will be little bits of banana that don’t get perfectly smooth). Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then beat in the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients, switch to a spoon, and stir just until the flour is incorporated.

3. Spoon the mixture evenly into the tins, and bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the mini loaves comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes in the tins on a wire rack, then turn the little loaves out onto the rack to finish cooling. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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25 thoughts on “Mini Banana Bread Loaves”

  1. Betsy says:

    Can I be your friend. Cute pan! I would have bought it too — even with the $2 price. Ha.

    Love banana bread.

    Just copied. I even have a folder on my computer of banana bread recipes. Since I think chocolate is always good — just made an old cooking light recipe for a marbled banana bread, but love the plain ones too.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      Any banana bread lover is a friend of mine!

    2. Katie Workman says:

      Any banana bread is a friend of mine, too!

  2. Delia says:

    Made your butterscotch brownies tonight for my mom. They are the best. Now I must try your banana bread. Mom just gave me all of her bread ready bananas. Yay!!!

    1. Katie Workman says:

      go, Delia!

  3. Kathleen says:

    A friend gave me a single ripe banana and challenged me to make banana bread. I looked and looked for a recipe that could easily use one banana. I found yours and it was perfect – easily divisible by 3. Made 2 beautiful mini loaves. You would not believe how many compliments I received! Will definitely be making this again! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Sophia hileman says:

    I would Enjoy a mini banana bread loaf. I am having sister week and I’m making your recipe. I have six sisters and no brothers. We are all grown and have a blast – be crazy, silly and lasting memories.

    Thank you

    Celebrate life daily with no regrets. ( my Sophia hileman)
    I’m a stage three breast cancer survivor. It’s been four years.

  5. Holly says:

    I have the same pan. I think I got mine at Wal-Mart for way more than $2. LOL At work they give me the leftover ripe bananas that no one wants to eat and I make banana bread/muffins and bring them back to work. The only thing I added to your recipe was 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      I know – I got lucky with this flea market find!!

  6. Bonnie says:

    Hi just made the fabulous banana mini loaves, thank you, but how can I package them prettily to bring as a gift?

    1. Katie Workman says:

      They sell nice clear small bags in party stores and online, and you can just slide the breads into bags, and tie them with a pretty ribbon. You could also wrap them in parchment paper like a present, and tie those with twine or other string.

  7. Danielle says:

    I made 8 of thes today and added mini chocolate chips! So easy and I actually did it by hand!

    1. Katie Workman says:

      Love these banana bread recipes. Nice!

    2. Katie Workman says:


  8. CloverAllOverMD says:

    I found one of these pans in Walmart’s seasonal aisle. I think it was about $6 though. It’s in a festive color, so I guess that’s why it cost more.

    Thank you for sharing the baking time, 20-25 minutes! We have a bake sale fundraiser coming up for my son’s Teen Library Council on 10-21. The organizer said, ‘No icing, all individually wrapped.’ I’m making little pumpkin breads in festive sandwich baggies from Dollar Tree. There’s a cute story to go with this:

    Originally, I had decided that I would not get involved with our TLC because one of the leaders rudely scolded me for not moving fast enough while volunteering and then again for giving a tot a $1 consolation prize that they didn’t win. You’d have thought I stole something by the way she acted. I feel like she has it out for me and I avoid her as much as I can. Anyway, I’ve been looking for a mini-loaf pan for quite some time. When I finally found it, I started counting my blessings. That’s when it hit me – why am I punishing kids for a crotchety old woman’s behavior? I’m not about to let a broken person break me! I’m actually glad I didn’t grab the pan the first time I saw it because then I’d still be stewing over that bitter old lady. Now that I have the mini-loaf pan, it makes a lot more sense to do what will make me feel better anyway.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      yes, why should we live our lives in resistance to someone else’s bad behavior!

  9. Lisa Kay says:

    Kate….can I use self rising flour in the place of all purpose….soda and salt?

    1. Katie Workman says:

      I have not tested it that way, but I’m betting it will work!

  10. Michelle Saborowski says:

    I bought 2 of my mini loaf pans last yr And i get to break them in this year. Thank you for having the recipe for these minis….I was wondering if I had to make the batter the same as the regular ones til I found ur recipe.

  11. Sharon says:

    Would the addition of chopped nuts call for any change in the recipe?

    1. Katie Workman says:

      nope, go right ahead and add 1/2 cup!

  12. Val says:

    After searching all week for a banana bread recipe, I came across yours and so glad I did. I made these this morning and they were delicious. I added chocolate chips to my husband’s batch and he loved it! Best banana bread ever!

    1. Katie Workman says:

      so glad!!

  13. I have a flexible loaf pan for 12 2″x3″ loaves. What adjustments would you make to the recipe?

    1. Katie Workman says:

      I think the amount of batter should be pretty ok, but I would start seeing if they were done baking at around 16 minutes.

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