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.
- 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)
Gather the ingredients.
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.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, sour cream, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
Mix in the mashed banana.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
Fold in the chopped walnuts.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and cover with aluminum foil.
Place the pan on the steam rack.
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.
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.
Place the pan on a wire cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes.
Turn the bread out onto the rack and cool completely before serving.
For beautiful presentation, dust with powdered sugar, if desired.