This Instant Pot banana bread is so moist, tender and full of banana flavor – it’s simply mouthwatering!
This is hands down the best Instant Pot banana bread recipe on the Internet! Before I invented this recipe, I’ve tried several popular Instant Pot banana breads recipes that I found online. I was super disappointed – those breads looked good on the outside, but when I cut into them, their texture was like a dense wet brick! I was about to give up on the idea of baking bread in the Instant Pot, but then decided to try my regular tried-and-true banana bread recipe that I usually bake in the oven, but this time in the Instant Pot. My “last try” turned out to be a success!
This Instant Pot banana bread is so soft and tender! Bite into it and taste the banana deliciousness, this is a true yummy goodness!
In order to bake banana bread in the Instant Pot, you need a baking dish that fits inside the pot. Any metal, ceramic or glass baking pan will do, as long as it fits inside the inner pot of Instant Pot!
I personally use a round 7 cup Pyrex dish – it fits into the Instant Pot perfectly! It’s so versatile too – you can use it in the oven, microwave, freezer, as a serving bowl, you name it! For more information and where to find it, see my article on Pyrex inside the Instant Pot.
Baking banana bread in the Instant Pot is really easy. First, mix the ingredients for the banana bread batter and pour into a baking dish. Cover the baking dish with paper towel (the paper towel absorbs the extra moisture), then cover it with foil (on top of the paper towel). Next, pour 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot and put in a trivet with the handles facing up (trivet is the metal rack that came with the Instant Pot). Put the banana bread bowl in the Instant Pot on a trivet. See the picture below of my Instant Pot baking setup:
See how the handles of the trivet are visible above the foil covered bowl. This way you can grab them (with baking mittens, of course) and lift out the baked banana bread out of the pot!
To bake banana bread in the Instant Pot, press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and set the time for 50 minutes on High pressure. When it’s done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam, then take out the banana bread, remove the foil and paper towel cover and invert the bread onto a plate.
Let the freshly baked banana bread cool for 10 minutes, then slice and enjoy!
If you like Instant Pot banana bread, you will also love these easy Instant Pot recipes:
Instant Pot Baked Apples – sweet and delicious, stuffed with cinnamon and raisins and baked in the Instant Pot to perfection!
Instant Pot Pumpkin – how to cook whole pumpkin in your Instant Pot and turn it into homemade pumpkin puree.
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli – tastes exactly like Chinese takeout! This easy Instant Pot dinner is always a hit!
Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes – so soft and creamy, these sweet potatoes are simply perfect!
- 1 ripe banana, mashed with a fork
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 tbsp butter, softened
- ⅔ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder (preferably aluminum-free)
- 1 cup water (for pressure-cooking only, do not add it to the banana bread batter)
- Grease a round baking dish that fits inside the Instant Pot with 1 tbsp of butter.
- Whisk the egg with sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add mashed banana, vanilla, milk and remaining 6 tbsp of butter and mix until combined.
- Add the flour and baking powder and mix until combined.
- Pour batter into greased round baking dish. Cover the dish with paper towel and then cover with aluminum foil on top of paper towel. (The paper towel will be absorbing the moisture from the steam).
- Pour 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot and insert the trivet. Put the foil-covered baking dish with banana bread batter on the trivet inside the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 50 minutes on High pressure.
- When the Instant Pot is done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.
- Open the lid and carefully remove the dish with banana bread from the Instant Pot using potholders or baking mittens (I just grab the handles of the trivet and lift it out together with the banana bread dish).
- Remove the foil and paper towel cover and invert the banana bread onto a plate. Let the banana bread cool for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.