Banana Bread Recipe For One

Homemade banana bread made with 1 banana and a few pantry staples. This easy banana bread recipe is the perfect size for one person.

Banana bread in a small ramekin

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.

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Tips For Making Banana Bread

  • 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.

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How To Make Banana Bread With One Banana

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.

Ingredients In Banana Bread

Scroll down to the recipe box for ingredient amounts and complete instructions.

For this small loaf banana bread, you will need:

  • flour
  • baking soda
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • 1 banana
  • sugar
  • butter
  • an egg yolk
  • vanilla extract

Step 1

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.

Step 2

Mash the banana with a fork in a small bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.

Step 3

Stir in melted butter, the egg yolk, and the vanilla.

Step 4

Mix in the dry ingredients and pour into a lightly buttered ramekin or small baking dish.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

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Overhead view of banana bread in a small ramekin

This recipe is adapted from the bread recipe I’ve used for years.

Banana Nut Bread

If you love banana nut bread, feel free to add about 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts.

Chopped pecans or chopped walnuts make great additions. 

Banana bread in a small ramekin on a plate with rainbow polka dots next to a matching coffee much and a laptop computer

I use a small 8-ounce ramekin or my 6.5-inch cast iron skillet in this single serving banana bread recipe.

Banana bread made in a cast iron skillet topped with a slice of melting butter

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Banana Bread Recipe

banana bread baked in a ramekin

Easy Banana Bread with One Banana

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling TIme: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Muffins
Cuisine: Breakfast
Keyword: bread
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 436kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 banana , mashed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter , melted (plus more for greasing the ramekin)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

How To Video

How to Make Banana Bread for One – Only One Banana
Watch this video on YouTube.


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • 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 the batter into a lightly buttered 8-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.


Enjoy this banana bread right out of the bowl or turn out onto a plate to slice.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 225mg | Sodium: 675mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 10.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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37 thoughts on “Banana Bread Recipe For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe.

    I was gonna eat my banana and realised it was overripe, so glad I’ve encountered your website and made a 1-person-banana-bread.
    I’m surprised how fluffy this bread is! Absolute delish!!! <3

  2. 5 stars
    Joanie…this was amazing…the hubby loved it…I made it as a special treat because he’s been working his rear end off around the house and yard during the lock down…I doubled the recipe like other had suggested and it worked perfect…I just wish you could see the photo…I made it for “What’s on the menu” tag game at FFF…

  3. 5 stars
    OMG! This is the best recipe! I doubled the recipe, as another poster commented (using 1 full egg). I’m gluten and refined sugar free, but hubby is not. I made mine (gf flour and coconutsugar), then his regular and they are so freaking good! THANK YOU!!

    1. Hi Jody,
      I’m so glad the recipe worked for you with your changes and substitutions. Thank you for letting me know, this information will help our readers who might want to make it this way.


  4. I’m a single oap and wanted to make the banana bread. My ramekin only weighs 3½ ounces or 100 grammes. What is the reason the ramekin has to weigh 8 ounces?

    1. Hi Dave,

      So I can help you better, please tell me the height and diameter of your ramekin. The 8-ounce is the volume the ramekin holds.


      1. So you were talking about FLUID ounces. Very confusing used to metric measurements.
        This equates to approximately 240ml. Thanks

  5. 4 stars
    I just make my standard banana bread recipe and put the mix in a muffin tin. Cooks in half the time and each portion has that nice crust like the end pieces of a loaf.

  6. 5 stars
    I’m gluten intolerant so I used robin hood gluten free flour and I added some semi sweet chocolate chips. This banana bread came out perfect. I’m definitely making it again!

  7. Hallo, can I cook the banana bread in a microwave please. It seems wasteful to put the oven on!
    Thank you,I appreciate your recipes. Jenny.

    1. Hi Jenny,
      I haven’t tested this recipe in the microwave so I can’t say for sure. If you have a toaster oven, this banana bread can be cooked in one.

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