Instant Pot Banana Bread

Instant Pot Banana Bread

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Pressure Build/Release: 12 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6

There are several reasons why it is fun and convenient to make banana bread in the Instant Pot instead of baking it the traditional way in the oven.

Instant Pots are great for camping trips or tailgating. If you have access to an electrical outlet but not an oven, this bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. This method of preparation is also great for community events and bake sales. The Instant Pot is easy and portable to take to group functions. It's also a nice option when your oven is full of other dishes with no room leftover for banana bread. Plus, the Instant Pot is a great tool to use in the summertime when it is hot outside and you don't want to heat up your house.

When "baking" bread in an Instant Pot it is important to wrap the cake pan tightly with foil. This will not only help the bread bake, but it will also prevent moisture from the water in the pressure cooker from making your bread a soggy mess.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large banana)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • Optional: Powdered sugar (for serving)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Instant Pot Banana Bread ingredients
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  2. Insert the steam rack into the Instant Pot and add 1 1/2 cups of water. Grease a 6-inch round cake pan and set aside. 

    Prepared pan and Instant Pot
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  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

    Instant Pot Banana Bread dry ingredients
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  4. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, sour cream, melted butter, and vanilla extract. 

    Instant Pot Banana Bread wet ingredients
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  5. Mix in the mashed banana. 

    Mashed banana
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  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine. 

    Mix wet and dry ingredients
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  7. Fold in the chopped walnuts.

    Walnuts and batter
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  8. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and cover with aluminum foil.

    Instant Pot Banana Bread batter in a pan
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  9. Place the pan on the steam rack. 

    Banana bread on steamer rack in Instant Pot
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  10. Secure the lid. Press the Manual button and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes. After hitting the start button, it will take several minutes for the pressure cooker to preheat before the cooking timer will begin. 

    Instant Pot set to 40 minutes
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  11. Once the cook time is up, use the “quick release” method to vent the steam. (Use caution because the steam release valve will release a continuous stream of hot steam.) The float valve will drop when the pressure has been fully released and it is safe to open the lid. 

    Instant Pot valve
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  12. Place the pan on a wire cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes. 

    Instant Pot Banana Bread cooling
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  13. Turn the bread out onto the rack and cool completely before serving.

    Instant Pot Banana Bread on cooling rack
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni
  14. For beautiful presentation, dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

    Instant Pot Banana Bread
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni