Banana Bread Mini Loaf

Yesterday evening I was hit by the baking bug. I wanted to make something warm and delicious, but didn’t want to make a big batch of cookies or a cake just for me and Ryan.

Then I remembered my mini loaf pans and the idea to make banana bread mini loaves hit me!

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Ryan is a huge banana bread fan and when I mentioned the idea of making banana bread to him, he was more than willing to indulge my baking bug and be a taste tester with me.

As I was playing around in the kitchen, I became a bit worried that my experimentation wouldn’t yield yummy mini loaves, but once I tried the batter, my faith was restored. Banana bread batter reminds me a bit of banana pancake batter, but sweeter… and better.

In the end, the loaves came out perfectly moist and flavorful. They definitely had that traditional banana flavor, but weren’t overpowered with too much banana flare.

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Banana Bread Mini Loafs

Makes two full mini loafs or three smaller loaves


  • 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray two mini loaf pans with cooking spray
  • Beat sugars, egg, oil and vanilla extract in a large bowl
  • Once sugar mixture is combined, beat in bananas
  • In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
  • Slowly beat flour mixture into sugar mixture
  • Beat in chia seeds
  • Pour batter into two loaf pans
  • Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the tops of the loaves are light brown

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Enjoy! Open-mouthed smile


  1. says

    Love the mini loaf idea. I need to do that more often because I always end up throwing out some of a large loaf! I just made banana muffins a couple weeks ago and now I’m wishing I had made bread instead!


  2. Felicia @ Ellipticizing says

    I think I’m the only person I know who doesn’t like banana! I love zucchini bread though.


  3. Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission says

    mmm.. that looks so wonderful! I have been meaning to buy some mini loaf pans for all this zucchini I’m baking with. Bananas would be a nice change 🙂 Also, I’ve never tried baking with chia seeds… I should probably start!

    Thanks for the recipe 😀


  4. Girl In The Pink says

    Mmmm I love banana bread! I recently made one with browned butter and I am still dreaming about it!


  5. Mary says

    The great thing about banana bread is that it freezes really well. You could put a mini loaf (or 2) in the freezer and always have one on hand.


  6. says

    Banana bread looks amazing! I love bananas. Would it taste the same without Chia seeds? I don’t have any. Would I need to subsitute something else for the chia seeds?


  7. Sue says

    I would love to try this recipe but I don’t have any Chia seeds. Do you think this recipe would work without them? Thanks.


  8. says

    I love banana bread! This is perfect because you can keep one loaf for yourself and give the other away so they don’t both get eaten in one sitting…like i would do 😉 Unless it doesn’t get outta the house fast enough!


  9. Emilie says

    those look lovely! i also made banana bread this morning, actually…except i included 3/4 cup of melted butterscotch chips. HIGHLY recommended next time you’re feeling decadent :D.


  10. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled says

    That looks amazing! My husband loves banana bread too and I just bought mini loaf pans at BB&B. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!


  11. says

    I feel a trend coming on with you and the fitnessista makin’ banan bread. Perhaps i’ll give it a shot myself when i come back from bali… i’m gonna miss reading your posts for two whole weeks 🙁


  12. says

    These look delicious! I love classic banana bread, and I usually have a loaf on hand in the fall / winter (once it’s cool enough to use the oven without heating the house up!). Love that you’ve incorporated chia seeds!


  13. Traci says

    i didn’t feel like baking since it’s 95 here in new jersey, so i did the next best thing after i saw this (made me want something with banana)- bought banana chocolate chunk protein muffins from trader joe’s 🙂


  14. says

    I am having the biggest banana craving and this post has just confirmed that breakfast tomo needs to include one! I’m thinking peanut butter would make the perfect ‘frosting’ to those loaves!


  15. westy says

    OMG- cannot WAIT to try these. Apple Bananas are in season here and my neighbor keeps bringing them over. Guess I’ll have to log some extra time in the kitchen to whip these up.


  16. Laura @ southern girl bakes says

    Yum! That looks delicious. I made a pretty awesome strawberry-banana oatmeal bread last night.

    Your recipe looks much healthier than some of the banana bread recipes out there, and the mini loaves are the perfect size! I’ll have to make this some time soon. I can never seem to eat all the bananas I get before they start to brown any way.


  17. Lindsay says

    This sounds delicious, but I am allergic to bananas! Typically I substitute pureed pumpkin when a recipe calls for mashed bananas, since the texture is similar. Can someone tell me how much the 1 1/2 bananas is once smashed? Half cup or so? Thanks!


  18. Maria aka Lil Mys Ninja says

    Totally going to try this recipe! I’ve been on the search for a good healthy banana bread recipe! The one I tried didn’t come out they way I wanted.


  19. Tasha says

    I was looking at my fav blogs for a banana loaf recipe and found this one! It’s in the oven right now and I can’t wait to taste it when it’s done! 🙂


  20. Aileen says

    I added about a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the recipe and baked them as muffins instead of loaves for easy to-go snacks. They are delicious!! Everyone in my house loves them 🙂


  21. Rudi says

    loved loved loved this recipe! Do you think next time I could sub the white flour out for all whole wheat? I also subbed applesauce for the canola oil and it came out great!



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