Can you make banana bread in an air fryer? YES! This easy air fryer banana bread recipe takes under one hour to make from start to finish! Keep it plain and simple or throw in chopped nuts and chocolate chips.
Banana bread is such a classic, easy “go to” bake for many people – but depending on which recipe you use, it can take at least an hour to bake in an oven. But what if I told you that you can make banana bread in around 35 minutes? It’s totally doable with an air fryer!
air fryer banana bread recipe
I’ve made this air fryer banana bread six times in the past few weeks. Even though I still love my classic banana bread recipe, there are times when I just can’t be bothered waiting for the oven to preheat. Baking in an air fryer saves you time and money and let’s face it, who wouldn’t find that appealing?
how to make banana bread in air fryer
- Combine the dry ingredients together. Mix plain flour, ground cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.
- Stir the wet ingredients together. In a large jug or bowl, stir together soft light brown sugar, oil, vanilla extract and two large eggs. Stir in the mashed bananas.
- Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir the oil/egg/banana mixture into the flour, mixing quickly but lightly. Take care not to overmix or your banana bread might turn out tough.
- Fold in the add ins, if using. Fold in chopped walnuts and chocolate chips, if using.
- Time to bake – pour the batter into a lined loaf tin and bake in a preheated air fryer (160C/320F) for about 35 minutes or until the banana bread has risen and a skewer inserted in the middle emerges with no wet batter.
tips and tricks
- It might seem obvious, but the first thing you need to do is check that your loaf tin fits in the drawer of your air fryer. I’ve been caught out before with this! I use a 1lb loaf tin for this recipe which measures 8×4 inches with a depth of 3 inches. I thought it would be useful to point this out since you can buy loaf tins in all different sizes, which can be rather confusing!
- It’s absolutely crucial you use very over ripe bananas for the best tasting banana bread.
- If your brown sugar has been in the cupboard for a while and has turned lumpy, you’ll need to break it up before you combine it with the oil and eggs.
- The banana bread takes just 35 minutes in my air fryer, but please bear in mind all models differ so it might take 5 minutes more or less time in yours. Start checking the bread after 30 minutes.
- I use the Instant Vortex 5-1 slim air fryer which has a handy bake function!
- I added a handful of chopped walnuts and chocolate chips for extra crunch and texture. You can leave these out if you like, or swap out the nuts for extra chocolate!
- I don’t recommend sprinkling the top of the bread with chopped walnuts – they burn very quickly in the air fryer.
storing air fryer banana bread
Banana bread will keep well in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.
banana bread gone slightly stale?
Don’t throw it away! Stale banana bread is delicious toasted and spread with butter or chocolate spread.
Banana bread is perfect for freezing. Wrap slices or the whole bread in a double layer of cling film or a freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.
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Air Fryer Banana Bread
A deliciously moist and soft banana bread recipe - made in under one hour in the air fryer!
- 150g plain flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ¼ tsp fine salt
- 125g soft brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons vegetable or sunflower oil
- 2-3 overripe bananas, mashed (you'll need 200g peeled and mashed weight)
- 50g walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 50g chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat your air fryer to 160C/320F. Place a loaf tin liner inside a 1lb (450g) loaf tin. The tin I use for this recipe measures 8x4 inches with a depth of 3 inches.
- Place the flour, ground cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
- Place the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and oil in a separate bowl and whisk to combine everything together. If your brown sugar has a few lumps, you'll need to mix well to break them up. Stir in the mashed bananas.
- Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the flour mixture and using a wooden spoon, stir lightly to combine. Try not to overmix - stop as soon as you have a lumpy batter with no visible flour. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips, if using.
- Pour the batter into the lined loaf tin. Place the tin inside the air fryer and bake for about 35 minutes or until the banana bread has risen and a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake emerges with no wet batter. Leave the banana bread to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g
Calories and nutritional information are provided by a third party application and should be viewed as indicative figures only.