Make moist, delicious banana bread without turning on the oven! Instant Pot Banana Bread with a cinnamon sugar crust is the ultimate pressure cooker bread recipe.
Why this Recipe Works
This pressure cooker banana bread recipe is my latest favorite!
With the weather getting warmer every day, I get more and more reluctant to turn on my oven. The last thing I want on a hot summer day is to generate even more heat in my house while I bake.
My love of baked goods doesn’t magically diminish when the sun is beating down on my house, though. So a girl has to get creative!
When a batch of ripe bananas needed to be used, I decided to go ahead and try something I’ve wanted to do for a while: make banana bread in the InstaPot!
The end result was beyond my expectations! Using a push cake pan and a high pressure steam cooking method created a bread that was every bit as delicious as my favorite sour cream banana bread recipe.
Step by Step Instructions
The batter for this bread starts with overripe bananas (use our guide on how to ripen bananas in 20 minutes), softened butter and sugar. I also used sour cream here to make the bread ultra moist!
Don’t be intimidated by the number of steps in this Instant Pot Banana Bread recipe. If you’re familiar with pressure cooker baking, this is a breeze. Even if you’re new to baking or cooking with the Instant Pot, it’s not difficult to master this technique.
First, prepare the batter:
After mashing the bananas, you beat them with softened butter, white and brown sugars in a mixing bowl. Then, add an egg, sour cream, vanilla and the dry ingredients until just combined.
Pour the batter into a greased push pan and cover with foil, then add water to the bottom of your instant pot.
Make sure you allow a little extra room in your foil for bread expansion!
Lower the cake pan into the pot on a trivet or sling, seal and cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 55 minutes.
Release and cool:
Let the pot naturally release for 15 to 20 minutes, then turn the knob to VENTING to release any remaining pressure. Remove the pan from the pot, remove the foil and let the banana bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
How to remove bread from push pan
One of the trickiest parts of baking in a pressure cooker is getting the bread out of the pan in one piece.
To remove the bread from the pan, I use a sturdy glass jar or cup. Put the pan on top of the jar, and then push the cake plate up to remove it from the rimmed pan.
From here you can slide the bread out onto a platter or slice and serve directly from the plate. Your choice!
Keep your loaf of banana bread in an air tight container and enjoy within 3 days for best taste and texture.
This banana bread also freezes well.
If keeping in the freezer, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and foil and eat within 3 months.
The recipe below creates a moist and flavorful loaf of classic banana bread. It’s delicious sliced and enjoyed on its own, with a pat of warm butter or any other spreads you like.
For some fun twists, try adding mix-ins to the batter before baking. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
- Mini chocolate chips
- Chopped walnuts
- Chopped pecans
- White chocolate chunks – Cut into small pieces
Add up to 3/4 of a cup of any of these additions or mix and match! The sweet additions of chocolate can turn banana bread into a treat worthy of a place on the dessert menu.
Serve your bread with a slather of butter or warm with fresh whipped cream.
You can never go wrong with banana bread, served for breakfast with your morning coffee or an anytime snack. Learning how to make banana bread in the instant pot means you always have a way to use those extra ripe bananas!
Make them into muffins or bites
Want to turn your bread into bread bites? It’s so easy if you have silicone muffins pan for the Instant Pot.
Not only is it great for making copycat Starbucks egg bites, but for muffins too!
- Start by making the batter as directed above.
- Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the pressure cooker. Fill muffin cups about 1/2 full, cover with silicone lid or loosely with foil.
- Place on trivet and lower into the Instapot.
- Select “HIGH PRESSURE” and cook for 14 minutes.
- Do a quick release of the pressure and lift trivet out of the pot.
- Allow to cool 5 minutes, then invert and pop the bites out onto a cooling rack.
- Recipe makes about 21 bites. ENJOY.
Instant Pot Baking
While I find myself relying on my Instant Pot recipes for baking in the summer, there are plenty of other times when it’s handy to know how to make pressure cooker banana bread.
If you’re oven is out of commission (we’ve all been there!), Instant Pot recipes make it possible to still make all your favorites.
I also use my pressure cooker a lot when I’m planning a big meal in which a LOT of different dishes need to go in the oven all at once. Dinner parties, holidays or marathon baking days when I’m prepping things to freeze all see a lot of Instant Pot action.