When you’re baking a loaf of homemade banana bread, you no longer have to fuss with flour, baking powder, eggs, etc.—all of that stuff’s included in just-add-water pancake mix. Okay, it might seem a little weird at first glance, but it’s totally possible to make bread with pancake batter. (Uh, hello, it’s darn cheap, too.) This budget-friendly banana bread is perfectly tailored for those of us trying to save a few bucks (a.k.a. all of us) since it just calls for three ingredients: pancake mix, banana, and peanut butter. It’s also the perfect way to use up the overripe bananas that are all beautifully speckled and brown in your fruit bowl.

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Bread

  • Yields: 1 loaf (about 8 slices)
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes



  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together pancake mix and 1 cup water. Stir in banana and peanut butter until well combined.

  3. Pour mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan and top with sliced banana.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the center springs back to touch.

  5. Slice and serve.