Banana Bread with Oil (No Butter Banana Bread)

This banana bread with oil recipe is tasty and simple to make. It replaces the butter used in most banana bread recipes with vegetable oil. This recipe is great if you have run out of butter late at night (“$@&%! No more butter in the fridge. How do I make banana bread now?”), can’t get to the store (due to snow, rainstorms, etc.) and/or want to reduce the saturated fat associated with butter. Moreover, this no butter banana bread tastes just like a traditional old fashioned banana bread. Your family will love this moist banana bread!

Moist & Delicious – Banana Bread with Oil (No Butter Banana Bread)

Banana Bread with Oil

You can also “tweak” this recipe to make no butter chocolate chip banana bread, no butter banana nut bread, etc. See the tips section below for more information on how to tweak this recipe. However, if you are looking for a banana bread that does not use butter, milk and/or eggs, you should try our easy Vegan Banana Bread recipe.

Key Ingredients – Vegetable Oil & Ripe Bananas

Banana Bread Recipe with Oil

This no butter banana bread recipe should take you roughly only 10 minutes to prepare and clean up. Please be aware that this is an oven-baked banana bread recipe. It is not made with a bread machine. You will find a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of this page.

Ingredients – Banana Bread with Oil Recipe (No Butter Banana Bread)

  • 1/2 Cup – Vegetable Oil (use a neutral tasting vegetable oil such as corn or canola)
  • 2 – Large Eggs
  • 3 – Bananas (ripe & large sized)
  • 2 Cups – Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 Cup – White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon – Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon – Salt

Servings – Roughly 12 slices

You Can Also Make Variations such as No Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

No Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Equipment required for this recipe – Measuring cup & spoons, mixing bowl, long wooden spoon, 9 by 5 bread pan, oven mitts, silicon spatula, cooling rack and an oven. Visit our “equipment store” if you are missing anything.

Instructions – Banana Bread with Oil Recipe (No Butter Banana Bread)

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Lightly beat eggs.
  • Stir eggs, bananas and vegetable oil together.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients. Stir until the batter is fully mixed.
  • Optional – If you want to enhance this “basic” no butter banana bread, you can stir in a cup of your family’s favorite dessert ingredient (i.e. chocolate chips or chopped walnuts) after you have mixed the batter.
  • Pour the finished batter into a nonstick bread pan. Smooth out the top of the batter within the bread pan.
  • Bake in the oven for 65-70 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Take out of oven and let the banana bread cool down in the bread pan for 10 minutes. Do not remove the banana bread from the bread pan during this 10 minute cool down period. Use oven mitts as the bread pan will be very hot coming out of the oven.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the banana bread from the bread pan. Place the banana bread on a cooling rack in order to completely cool. This cool down may take 1-2 hours. Gently slide a silicon spatula between the banana bread and the bread pan walls if the banana bread is stuck in the pan.

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Tips – Vegetable Oil Banana Bread Recipe

  • The tips below are designed to help banana bread “novices” and/or people with limited baking experience.
  • You should use a NEUTRAL flavored vegetable oil (i.e. corn or canola oil) in order to make this no butter banana bread recipe. Stronger flavored oils (i.e. peanut oil or olive oil) may negatively impact the banana bread taste.
  • When selecting a vegetable oil for this no butter banana bread, please read the label on the vegetable oil container if you are trying to reduce the saturated fat in your diet. Be aware that some vegetable oils (such as coconut oil) may contain a lot of saturated fat. For information on the levels of saturated fat in various vegetable oils, you might like to read this Wikipedia article.
  • Use RIPE bananas for the best resultsIf you use unripe green or hard yellow bananas, your banana bread will not be as tasty. Unripe bananas have more starch and less sugar than ripe bananas. The natural sweetness of ripe bananas works best when making banana bread recipes. Ripe bananas are soft and have small brown & black spots on the exterior of the yellow banana peel.
  • Make sure to use 3 large bananas (not 3 medium bananas). Otherwise, the banana bread might turn out to be a little dry.
  • In case, you like to use cups versus banana “sizes”… 3 medium-sized bananas equal roughly 1 to 1 1/4 cups of mashed bananas (not sliced bananas). 3 large-sized bananas equal roughly 1 1/3 to 1 2/3 cups of mashed bananas (not sliced bananas). Of course, banana sizes can vary greatly… and my version of medium and large-sized bananas may differ from yours!
  • Use FRESH ingredients (i.e. baking soda and flour) for the best results. For example, if you use stale baking soda and/or baking powder, your banana bread will not rise properly and will be too dense. Baking soda & powder is best if used within 6 months of opening the container.
  • Optional – This recipe helps you to create a delicious “basic” moist banana bread. However, if you want to “enhance” this banana bread recipe, you can add 1 cup of your family’s favorite dessert ingredient (i.e. chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, blueberries, etc.) after you have completely mixed all of the other ingredients. Stir in the extra ingredient (i.e. chocolate chips) until it is even spread throughout the batter.
  • Optional – For a slightly richer & mild “molasses” taste, you can substitute light brown sugar for the white granulated sugar. Our thanks to Melissa & Stefanie for this tip!
  • A few people have asked (thanks Stefanie!) if you can replace the all purpose flour with bread flour when making this banana bread recipe. I wouldn’t. For the best results, I would stick with all purpose flour in order to make a banana bread. Bread flour will work but it is likely to change the taste and texture of the banana bread. For example, since bread flour has more gluten than all purpose flour, you will get a tougher and chewier banana bread.
  • If you are looking for a fun project for kids, you can turn this recipe into No Butter Banana Bread Muffins. Your kids can help you to make the no butter banana bread batter and pour/scoop the batter into the muffin trays. They will enjoy making (and eating!!) these muffins.

 

  • Optional – If you want to make this banana bread even more unique, you can add homemade whipped cream & sliced fruit (i.e. sliced strawberries or banana slices) on top of the banana bread (after it has cooled down). See our Blueberry Bread Recipe or Strawberry Bread Recipe for instructions on how to make homemade whipped cream and for pictures of sweet “quick breads” with whipped cream & sliced fruit on top.
  • This doesn’t happen often but if the top of the banana bread looks too moist or under cooked, you should try the “toothpick test”. Gently push a wooden toothpick or wooden skewer into the top of the bread and see if any batter sticks to the toothpick. If batter is sticking to the toothpick then it hasn’t completely cooked. Place the bread pan back into the still hot oven for another 3 to 5 minutes. Make sure to wear oven gloves because the bread pan will be very hot. After the 3 to 5 minutes, remove the bread pan and test the banana bread again with a toothpick.
  • If your banana breads are sticking to the bottom of your bread pan, you should consider either “greasing” the bottom of the pan with butter or vegetable oil, using a cooking spray, using a nonstick pan or lining the interior of the bread pan with baking parchment paper.
  • Since this banana bread recipe uses eggs, it is not a vegan recipe. If you are looking for a completely vegan dessert (that does not contain butter, milk or eggs), you should try out our Easy Vegan Banana Bread Recipe.
  • If you have a problem with a banana bread recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly (i.e. using the correct oven temperature), using the correct amounts of ingredients (i.e. don’t eyeball the measurements versus using a measuring cup or accidentally add a tablespoon when a teaspoon is called for), using the correct ingredients (i.e. baking soda/powder versus yeast or all purpose flour versus bread flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • In addition, you should always try to use fresh baking soda & powder for the best results. For example, using baking soda from an open container (that has been deodorizing your refrigerator for months) may lead to subpar results. Old & hard baking soda/powder may lead to rising problems and/or leave small bitter clumps in your banana bread.
  • You can also visit our instructional videos section if you want to watch videos that review common banana bread problems & solutions.
  • Always wear oven mitts/gloves when dealing with a hot oven and bread pan.
  • For more banana bread ideas (i.e. chocolate chip banana bread, vegan banana bread or blueberry banana bread), please visit Bread Dad’s main Banana Bread Recipes section.

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No Butter Banana Bread Questions

Can I use olive oil to make banana bread?

Yes. If you really love olive oil, you can use olive oil as a substitute for butter in order to make banana bread. However, I would suggest using a more neutral flavored vegetable oil such as canola oil or corn oil. Vegetables oils with more distinctive flavors (i.e. olive oil and peanut oil) can interfere with the sweet taste of bananas in the banana bread… and your guests might not like these more “unique” tasting banana breads!

Can I make no butter banana bread with other ingredients such as chocolate chips?

Yes. You can make almost any variety of banana bread since you are just substituting vegetable oil for butter. For example, you can create no butter versions of chocolate chip banana bread, blueberry banana bread, cranberry banana bread and many more.

Why do people make banana bread without butter?

There are many reasons that people like to make banana bread without butter. For example, they don’t have any butter at home (i.e. ran out of butter), want to reduce the saturated fat in their diet, don’t want to eat animal-sourced ingredients, have allergies, don’t like the taste of butter, etc. Many people think that vegetable oil banana breads taste similar to butter-based banana breads.

Can I make banana muffins from this banana bread with oil recipe?

Yes! It is easy to turn this banana bread with oil recipe into banana muffins. You are basically just pouring/scooping this recipe’s banana bread batter into a muffin tray in order to create banana muffins. However, be aware that muffins bake more quickly than banana bread (due to their smaller size). Please see our No Butter Banana Muffins recipe for more information on how to make no butter banana bread muffins.

Banana Bread with Oil
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Banana Bread with Oil (No Butter Banana Bread)

This banana bread with oil recipe is tasty and simple to make. It replaces the butter used in most banana bread recipes with vegetable oil. This recipe is great if you have run out of butter late at night ("$@&%! No more butter in the fridge. How do I make banana bread now?"), can't get to the store (due to snow, storms, etc.) and/or want to reduce the saturated fat associated with butter. Moreover, this no butter banana bread tastes just like a traditional old fashioned banana bread. Your family will love it! Visit BreadDad.com for more great banana bread recipes.
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, banana bread recipe, banana bread with oil, no butter banana bread
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil (use a neutral tasting vegetable oil such as corn or canola)
  • 2 Eggs (large)
  • 3 Bananas (ripe & large sized)
  • 2 Cups Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Lightly beat eggs.
  • Stir eggs, bananas and vegetable oil together.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients. Stir until the batter is fully mixed.
  • Optional - If you want to enhance this "basic" no butter banana bread, you can stir in a cup of your family's favorite dessert ingredient (i.e. chocolate chips or chopped walnuts) after you have mixed the batter.
  • Pour the finished batter into a nonstick bread pan. Smooth out the top of the batter within the bread pan.
  • Bake in the oven for 65-70 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Take out of oven and let the banana bread cool down in the bread pan for 10 minutes. Do not remove the banana bread from the bread pan during this 10 minute cool down period. Use oven mitts as the bread pan will be very hot coming out of the oven.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the banana bread from the bread pan. Place the banana bread on a cooling rack in order to completely cool. This cool down may take 1-2 hours. Gently slide a silicon spatula between the banana bread and the bread pan walls if the banana bread is stuck in the pan.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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