Homemade banana bread made with one banana and a few pantry staples. This easy banana bread recipe is the perfect size for one person.
When you've got just one banana sitting on your counter, you've got the perfect amount to make a banana bread for one! That's right, you can make this banana bread with one banana and a few pantry staples.
Why This Recipe Works
- This recipe calls for using one very ripe banana. A banana that is even more speckled and brown than the one shown in the ingredient photo is perfect to use. The riper the banana, the sweeter the banana bread.
- If you love banana bread that tastes like bananas, this is your recipe. A good banana bread recipe is one every home cook should have. If you've got one ripe banana and a few pantry staples you can make this delicious bread in virtually no time at all.
- This is a tried and reader-tested recipe.
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
- Flour: Use all-purpose or plain flour.
- Baking soda: This helps the banana bread rise.
- Ground cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract: For the best flavor!
- 1 banana: Make sure you use a very ripe banana.
- Sugar: I use white granulated sugar.
- Butter: Use melted butter for a soft texture and amazing butter flavor.
- An egg yolk: To give the bread structure.
How To Make This Recipe
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Set aside.
- Mash the banana with a fork in a separate small bowl. Add the sugar and whip the banana and sugar together.
- Add the melted butter, the egg yolk, and the vanilla; mix well. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
- Pour into a lightly buttered ramekin or small baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
- To make sweetest and richest banana bread, use ripe bananas. Ripe bananas with lots of brown spots on the skin are perfect to use. If the banana skins are almost all brown, the bread will be sweeter and have a stronger banana flavor.
- When mashing the banana, leave some of the banana chunks. Personally, I love banana chunks in my bread. If you like a smoother batter, mash the bananas completely.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you love banana nut bread, feel free to add about 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts. Chopped pecans or chopped walnuts make great additions.
You can use a small 10-ounce ramekin, an 8-ounce ramekin, an 8.5-ounce ramekin, or a 6.5-inch cast iron skillet in this single serving banana bread recipe. All of these can be found on our Bakeware page.
Other Bread And Muffin Recipes For One
If you're looking for other small batch banana recipes, you might like to try these:
- Lemon Blueberry Muffin For One
- Apple Muffin For One
- Maple Walnut Muffin For One
- Beer Bread For One
- Cornbread For One
- Chocolate Chip Muffin For One
Other Banana Recipes
- Bananas Foster For One - made with 1 banana.
- Mini Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake - made with 1 banana
- Grilled Pound Cake With Limoncello Bananas - made with 1 banana
- Tropical Smoothie - made with 1 banana.
- Small Batch Banana Muffins - made with 2 bananas.
- Banana Cream Pie For One - made with 1 banana.
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Banana Bread For One
- Mixing bowl
- 10-ounce ramekin (an 8-ounce and an 8.5 ounce ramekin will also work)
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 banana , mashed (about ½ cup)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon salted butter , melted (plus more for greasing the ramekin)
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and lightly grease a 10-inch ramekin.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Set aside.
- Mash the banana with a fork in a separate small bowl. Add the sugar and with an electric mixer or a wire whisk, whip the banana and sugar together.
- Add the melted butter, the egg yolk, and the vanilla; mix well.
- Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
- Pour the batter into a 10-ounce ramekin or other baking dish of similar size.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool slightly before eating.
- To make the sweetest and richest banana bread, use ripe bananas. Ripe bananas with lots of brown spots on the skin are perfect to use. If the banana skins are almost all brown, the bread will be sweeter and have a stronger banana flavor.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.