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Banana Bread 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.

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.

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

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the ingredients used to make banana bread labeled and placed on a brown wooden cutting board.

Ingredient Notes

  • Flour: Use all-purpose or plain flour.
  • Baking soda: This helps the muffins 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

  1. 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.
  2. Pour into a lightly buttered ramekin or small baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
mixing ingredients to make banana bread in a clear glass bowl and another picture of the batter poured into a ramekin.

Expert Tips

  • 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.
Overhead view of banana bread in a small ramekin

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Make 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. 

What Size Ramekin Is Best To Use?

I use a small 8-ounce ramekin or my 6.5-inch cast iron skillet in this single serving banana bread recipe. Both of these can be found on our Bakeware page.

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

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banana bread baked in a ramekin

Banana Bread For One

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • 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.

Nutrition

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

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.

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49 thoughts on “Banana Bread For One”

  1. Hello!

    I would like to know if it’s possible to make this egg free? I’ve been using flax seeds but I’ve recently run out and I’ve wondered if an egg yolk is even needed?

      1. 5 stars
        Quick and easy as promised! I foil-lined a mini springform pan and buttered the foil, turned out perfectly with no mess. Thank you for this recipe!

  2. Arley C Running

    5 stars
    My wife has become disabled and unable to do cooking so we look for small recipes and this site is so helpful…I am on a very steep learning curve and just did the bananna bread with added chopped pecans. Very good. saving this recipe

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