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These simple Three Ingredient Banana Bread Muffins, using a store-bought cake mix, ripe bananas and chopped pecans; are tender, tasty and packed with that perfect banana to nut ratio!
*This post was updated February 2022 to include additional cooking tips, recipe notes and new photos.
Most people are die hard banana bread enthusiast. Everyone and their mother has “the best” tried and true banana bread recipe.
That recipe is completely made from scratch, but this version I am sharing today, well it only has three ingredients.
Yes, you read right, three!
This banana bread is inspired by some famous two ingredient pumpkin muffins made simply from spiced cake mix and pumpkin puree. Yes, just those two things.
So that got me thinking and a while back, I thought if pumpkin puree and cake mix combined could become muffins; then why couldn’t mashed bananas and a cake mix become banana nut muffins?
And much to my delight, it worked!
This banana bread is full of that banana flavor and is moist in texture. It is actually so moist that it sticks to your fingers. No dry and flavorless banana bread here! And the best part, it is made and baked in under 30 minutes!
HELPFUL TIPS AND INFORMATION:
Cake Mix Banana Bread:
This recipe only has three simple ingredients:
Butter Pecan Cake Mix – You could use a yellow cake mix or a spice flavored cake mix in this recipe, however, the Butter Pecan Cake Mix gives these muffins the best flavor and is the flavor of cake mix I recommend for this banana bread recipe.
Ripe Bananas – This recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas which is approximately 4 ripe bananas.
Chopped Pecans – I know many people who aren’t fans of nuts in their banana bread, but in this banana nut bread recipe, the pecans are a must. Since this recipe has no eggs, the pecans help with the texture of muffins.
Can I bake Three Ingredient Banana Nut Muffins in loaf pans?
You could bake this cake mix banana bread in a loaf pan, however, the recipe works best baked in a muffin tin.
Note: These cake mix banana muffins are a little more “sticky” or “moist” than regular banana bread muffins.
IF YOU LIKE THIS 3 Ingredient Banana Bread, THEN YOU’LL LOVE THESE OTHER Banana RECIPES:
Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread – Tired of the same ole banana bread? Cheat on your plain banana bread recipe with this flavorful and super tender Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread (with blueberry and coconut streusel topping).
Peanut Butter Banana Bread Bars – Banana Bread is a popular treat not only during the holiday season but all year round. I took that traditional Banana Bread flavor but added a new and exciting twist, to create the ultimate Peanut Butter Lovers Banana Bread Bars!
Banana Bread Energy Bites – Need a tasty snack that fuels you for an intense workout or to get you through a busy afternoon? These Banana Bread Energy Bites, packed with good for you ingredients like flax seeds and prunes, will help keep you going through the day.
- 1 (15.25 ounce) package butter pecan cake mix
- 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (approximately 4 bananas)
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or line with paper baking cups.
- In a large bowl, stir together cake mix, mashed bananas and chopped pecans, mixing until thoroughly combined.
- Using a large scoop, fill each muffin cup approximately 2/3rds full.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until tester inserted into center comes out clean.