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Easy Air Fryer Banana Bread Recipe

If you are a fan of delicious, decadent banana bread, then this is the only recipe you need! Perfectly moist, full of banana flavor and decadent chocolate chips – this is an easy air fryer banana bread recipe that will be your new go-to.

I used to think that my air fryer was only good for crispy chicken wings or the best French fries ever, but then my mom told me how she used hers to do fritters and my wheels started spinning. What better classic dessert recipe could I air fry then my Banana Bread Muffins!

Cake pan on marble counter with finished banana bread.

Overripe Bananas and Chocolate Chips = DELICIOUS

There are only a handful of ingredients needed for this banana bread, and if you like nuts you can even throw in some chopped walnuts or pecans for added flavor and texture.

Ingredients

  • Overripe Bananas
  • Egg
  • Milk 
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Chocolate Chips

Equipment

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I am assuming if you are looking at this recipe you already have an air fryer – and if you don’t that’s okay too! As I mentioned above, I have a Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe you can adapt to a loaf and cook in the oven. Now if you are looking to purchase one then you can check out my favorite air fryer.

You will also need to make sure you have a good quality 8″ round cake pan to pour the batter into for baking as you cannot bake the banana bread directly in your air fryer.

The last thing you need to have is a cooking oil spray to coat the cake pan before the batter goes in. This prevents the bread from sticking, especially with all that delicious chocolate!

Ingredients for the banana bread on marble counter.

Tips and Tricks for Baking in your Air Fryer

Baking in your air fryer is surprisingly easy, but there are a few tips I have for you to make sure that this is the best banana bread you have ever tasted.

First of all, please make sure you have the right equipment for the job! You cannot pour the batter into the air fryer basket and expect a perfectly round and unstuck cake. It just won’t happen. You also want to make sure you preheat the machine, like with regular baking a preheated oven is crucial to how your cake will rise and bake.

Don’t forget the spray – you can even add a piece of parchment paper cut to size to fit the cake pan if you want to make it even easier to get the banana bread out when it’s finished baking. Between the mashed bananas and the chocolate chips there is a lot of sugar that can stick to the pan.

No two air fryers are the same, so make sure you set the bake time and check the cake before you take it out to rest. You may find that it is still wet in the center when tested with a toothpick, which will require you to put it back in (I suggest 5 minutes extra at a time).

Step-by-Step Instructions for Banana Bread in the Air Fryer

Wet ingredients in glass bowl on marble counter.

Mix together bananas, milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl and mix to combine.

Dry ingredients in small glass bowl on marble counter.

 In a small bowl whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt.

Dry and wet ingredients in glass bowl on marble counter with wooden spoon to the left.

Add dry mix to the wet banana mixture and stir to combine.

Chocolate chips on top of banana bread batter in clear bowl.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Air fryer basket with batter filled cake pan.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan, place in preheated air fryer basket and bake for 40 minutes.

Finished banana bread in cake pan on marble counter.

When toothpick comes out clean remove banana bread from air fryer and set aside to cool.

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Yield: 1 8" cake

Easy Air Fryer Banana Bread Recipe

Slice of banana bread on white plate.

A deliciously easy banana bread recipe made in the air fryer.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter unsalted, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Prepare cake pan - spray with cooking oil and line with parchment (optional)
  2. Mix together mashed bananas with milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined
  3. In a separate small bowl whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt, add to wet ingredients and stir to combine using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips - do not overmix the batter.
  5. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and set air fryer to bake* for 40 minutes. Place inside air fryer basket.
  6. Bake until toothpick comes out clean (will have melted chocolate chips on it but NOT wet batter_
  7. Allow cake to cool and enjoy!

Notes

*if your air fryer doesn't have a bake function then you can manually set it to 190C or about 375F

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 square

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

*Please note that nutritional values are not always 100% accurate and are to be used as a guide.

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