Matzo Meal Banana Bread Passover Recipe

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This matzo meal banana bread is moist, sweet and full of banana flavor!  Loaded with chocolate chips, it makes a perfect dessert for Passover!
Matzo Meal Banana Bread Recipe - Perfect Passover Dessert!

What happens when you have some overripe bananas to use up?  The natural inclination, of course, is to make a banana bread!  But what happens if you are observing Passover?  Use matzah of course :)

This matzah banana bread recipe uses matzo meal (ground up matzah) instead of flour.  The result is a sweet moist treat with a delicious banana taste and the chocolate chips inside to top is all off!

I created this recipe because I couldn’t find an existing matzo meal banana bread recipe that fits my needs.  I had 3 very brown bananas on the counter and it was Passover, so I had this idea of making a matzo banana bread.  When I started searching the Internet for a recipe, every single one of them had potato starch as one of the ingredients.  Potato starch is definitely not something I normally have in my pantry, and I certainly didn’t feel like going to the grocery store :)

If something doesn’t exist, you just have to create it, so that’s how this recipe was born.  I had a spontaneous idea of making a matzo banana bread at the spur of the moment, using the ingredients I had on hand, and the result was yum! At last – now you found a matzo banana bread recipe without potato starch!

Matzah Banana Bread Recipe

There are 2 ways you can make this matzo banana bread – with or without baking powder.  Baking powder is a leavener, and all leaveners are prohibited during Passover, so during Passover you leave it out.  However, if it’s after Passover and you are just trying to use up leftover matzah, then add the baking powder in.   Baking powder will make the banana bread taller and fluffier.  The matzo banana bread on my picture doesn’t have any baking powder in it, so it’s pretty flat with a really moist texture – tastes delicious!

Matzo Meal Banana Bread Passover Dessert Recipe

Another great thing about this matzo banana bread recipe is that it uses just 5 simple ingredients – matzo meal, bananas, eggs, sugar and chocolate chips.  There is no added oil – this bread is so moist that it doesn’t need the extra fat!  You can use purchased matzo meal, or you can make your own matzo meal by grinding up matzah into powder in a food processor.  Making your own matzo meal is a great way to use leftover matzah!

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Matzo Meal Banana Bread Passover Recipe

This delicious banana bread recipe uses matzo meal instead of flour - what a perfect dessert for Passover! Moist and sweet bread with a deep banana flavor and chocolate chips throughout - yum!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert, Passover
Cuisine: Jewish
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed with a fork
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Spray the non-stick 9x5 inch loaf pan with a non-stick cooking spray, and line the bottom of it with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the eggs in a large bowl using the mixer.
  • Add sugar and mix.
  • Add the matzo meal and mix until combined.
  • Add the mashed bananas and mix until combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and mix.
  • Transfer the cake batter in a loaf pan.
  • Put in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
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  1. Just made this to try and use up my bananas and matzo meal and it was delicious!! I added a bit of baking powder and salt but otherwise kept it the same and it turned out great.

  2. This recipe is wonderful. Made a double batch – in 4 smaller loaf pans – for Kiddush on the last day of Pesach. It was a huge hit – folks loved it. Thanks!

  3. Thank you so much for this! I too went looking for a Passover banaa bread but they all called for baking powder or potato starch. This is perfect.

  4. Love this recipe! Have made it a few times. I’ve cut back on the amount of sugar a bit bc it was too sweet for my family. I actually have KP baking powder. How much would you recommend using? Thanks for such a simple and delicious recipe!

  5. Thank-you Melanie. This is a great recipe. Very moist and delicious, and NO oil! Looks like a very versatile recipe. Next time I’ll try raisins and nuts, or apples and cinnamon. I made it in a square bake pan and cooked it for a bit shorter time (40 min). I personally wouldn’t add leavening or substitute cake meal. This reminded me of the Greek dessert called Ravani, which is served with a honey sauce. Hmm. Maybe I’ll try a honey version! Thanks again!

  6. Did the recipe. Added 2 teaspoons baking powder. 12.5 x 10.5 foil pan lined with parchment. Took 1.5 hours . Used milk chocolate chips. Will change matzah meal for cake meal next time for a finer texture. Very good.

  7. For those that follow the custom of not dampening mazot or want it gluten free – you can use potatoes flour instead and you get an excellent banana cake.

    1. I used gluten free matzah and that was fine. My only problem was my oven probably didn’t work correctly because the middle of it was a little too moist. But it still tasted great. If you are grounding your own matzah 3 boards equals one cup of matzah meal.

  8. Would it be ok to ground gluten free matzah for this recipe? How many boards would yield one cup of matzah meal?

    1. Gluten-free matzah would work. Sorry, not sure how many matzah boards is one cup of matzah meal, my wild guess is 2 boards make about 1 cup. If you measure it, please post to let us know!

  9. You can use baking powder and baking soda for Passover. I have both and they are Kosher for Passover.

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious ! I blended the eggs on high for 5 min. I ground the matzoh meal fine like flour. I did not use baking powder. I used 1/2 c of chips. I mixed the matzoh meal, banana and chips gently till just mixed and lined the baking pan with parchment paper. I will this every year!

  11. 5 stars
    I made the recipe but without the chocolate chips and it was still great. Very moist and flavourful. Simple and easy.
    Made it in 11″ x 4″ loaf pan and still worked out ok.

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