Instant Pot Banana Bread is incredibly rich and tender with delicious hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. This loaf stays moist for days, and perfect for customizing with nuts, chocolate, and other tasty ingredients!
Pressure Cooker Banana Bread Recipe
This Instant Pot Banana Bread is a fool-proof way to make moist and flavorful banana bread. The steam inside the IP means the loaf won’t dry out as it cooks. This recipe is just moist and buttery just like the original version, but easier and faster to make.
Furthermore, we’re also adding sour cream and brown sugar to ensure a tender and soft crumb. Complementing the natural sweetness of the bananas are cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. The result is a simple, classic banana bread that’s as comforting as it gets.
What makes this recipe even better is how customizable it is. For instance, we love adding chocolate, nuts, and even peanut butter to our bread. Feel free to get creative with the mix-ins or try our delicious ideas below!
- Bananas: Mash about three ripe pieces.
- Wet: For the batter, we’re adding equal amounts of oil and butter plus eggs to bind the ingredients.
- Dry: We’re using regular flour, and for lift, both baking powder and the same amount of baking soda.
- Sweeteners: Brown and white sugars add both sweetness and moisture.
- Sour cream: This makes the loaf richer and adds moisture as well.
- Flavorings: To highlight the banana flavor, we’re adding spices, vanilla, and just a bit of salt.
How to make Instant Pot banana bread?
- Begin by blending the mashed fruit with the oil and butter, then the sweeteners. Follow this up one egg at a time, then the vanilla and sour cream. Add the dry plus the flavorings.
- Spray your push pan, pour the batter in, and use foil to cover it tightly.
- Add water to the IP and arrange the pan on your trivet. Cook on High for 55 mins. After that, leave for 20 mins. to naturally release steam and finish by venting the rest. Cool the loaf for 10 mins before taking the loaf out of the pan.
- Slice and enjoy!
Recipe variations and substitutions:
- Nuts: Add crunch by adding chopped walnuts, cashews, pistachios, almonds, and your favorite nuts! Toast them for extra flavor.
- Chocolate: For a chocolatey twist, mix in chocolate chips or chunks. You can also use other flavors like dark, caramel, or white.
- Nutella: Pour half the batter into the pan, swirl some Nutella in, and pour the rest of the batter on top.
- Peanut butter: Add dollops of your favorite peanut butter on top.
- Cinnamon Sugar: Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top or swirl it in the batter before baking!
- Mix in other fruits: For an extra-fruity loaf, mix in chopped strawberries, pineapples, or berries.
What is the best kind of bananas to bake into bread?
Extra ripe is the way to go! The best ones should have dark brown skin and a little mushy inside. They’re at their sweetest by this point!
You can speed up that process by freezing the fruit and letting it thaw before using it. You can also do it by placing the fruit in a low oven for about an hour or two until the skin is dark brown and the inside is soft.
How to remove bread from the push pan?
Take a cup or jar (make sure it’s sturdy). Place the pan on top and carefully push down to release the loaf. If you sprayed the inside of the pan before baking, it will be easy to release.
What is the difference between banana bread versus loaf?
They refer to the same delicious treat! However, the “loaf” simply specifies the shape of the bread, because it means the banana bread was baked in an elongated loaf pan.
What if my instant pot banana bread is not fully cooked?
Simply give it 5-10 minutes more in the IP. Make sure to tent the foil, so condensation doesn’t get in the loaf.
What to serve with banana bread?
We love toasting the slices a bit then slathering them in butter. So good! Make sure to try the following as well:
- Drizzle with caramel sauce, apple butter, chocolate sauce, softened Nutella, or dulce de leche
- Spread with strawberry jam, peach jam, blueberry sauce, plum jam, or your favorite jam flavor
- Spread with cream cheese frosting or whip cream, then topped with candied pecans
- Serve with a scoop of ice cream
More bread recipes to try:
You can store this at room temperature for up to 3 days as long as it’s in an air-tight container.
Alternatively, you can also freeze the loaf. Once it’s cool, wrap tightly in cling and foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, defrost overnight then place on the counter to bring it down to room temp.
Instant Pot Banana Bread
- 3 medium ripe bananas (about 1 ½ cups mashed)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
- 1/2 cup canola oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 2 large eggs (room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Spray a 7x3-inch push pan with baking spray and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together with a hand mixer on medium speed mashed bananas, softened butter, and oil.
- Add in both sugars and beat until combined.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract. Beat in the sour cream.
- Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Using a rubber spatula, mix just until combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Cover with foil.
- Add 1 ½ cups water to the IP. Place cake pan on a trivet with handles and lower into the pot.
- Lock the lid and make sure the vent valve is set to "sealing."
- Cook on High Pressure for 55 minutes.
- Allow pressure to naturally release for 15-20 minutes, then release the remaining pressure by turning the valve to "VENTING".
- Remove pan by lifting the trivet out of the pot. Immediately remove the foil and allow the bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
- Remove the cake from the pan and cool on a cooling rack.
- Consume within 3 days.
- Make sure to use overripe bananas, or they won’t be sweet or soft enough.
- Don’t forget to add water to the bottom of the IP before cooking. Otherwise, you’ll get a Burn notice and the IP won’t be able to come to pressure.
- When covering with foil, leave a little space on top since the batter will expand as it cooks.