This is one of our most popular Amish Friendship Bread recipes in our Recipe Box! This Banana Amish Friendship Bread is super simple and is a favorite for banana lovers everywhere.
(Psst! Here’s another option if you have a limited pantry or if you’re trying to limit your ingredient usage):
Kitchen Friend Kimberly Kurt-Matthews offers this tip: “I used three bananas instead of two. It was very dense but super moist. I changed the two packages of banana pudding to one banana and one French vanilla. It tastes so good–this loaf is already gone, thanks to the kids!”
Kitchen Friend Gwen Campbell from Jacksonville, NC had a different twist to this recipe: “I did not mash the bananas. I cut them into small pieces and added ⅔ cup light brown sugar to them and let it sit while I prepared the bread. Right before I put the batter into the pans, I stirred in the bananas and brown sugar. It was awesome.”
Banana Amish Friendship Bread
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- 2 bananas mashed
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 2 boxes banana cream instant pudding
- Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
- In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
- Grease 2 large loaf pans.
- Dust the greased pans with granulated sugar.
- Pour the batter evenly into loaf pans.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
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We loved this bread. As per recommendations I used 4 bananas and 2 boxes of banana cream pudding mix. I also added 1 cup of walnut/pecan mix. I greased and oiled the bottom and sides of the pan then coated with sugar. Bread stuck to the bottom of pan. Next time I will use parchment paper.
I made this but substituted butterscotch pudding for the banana, and added in skor bits (hard toffee bar bits-but they melt into it)
It was so good, i brought it to a meeting and it was GONE! People kept going back for more.
Although if i remember correctly I also substituted brown sugar for the white to give it a more caramel like texture.
Donna Currie says
Excellent recipe! I’ve used it a few times and everyone loves it. This last ones I made, I used both banana and vanilla puddings with 3 dashes of maple extract. Sooo good!! I also added a crumb top and pecans. Try this recipe, you’ll love it.
That sounds so delicious, Donna. We’re glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Teresa Young says
I made 6 loaves of Banana Nut Amish bread on November 17th and took one of them to the office and another one to one of my clients I am a home health care giver. The ladies in the office loved it one of them said it was the best Banana Nut bread she had ever tasted. I used 4 banana’s in the recipe.
We love hearing these stories, Teresa! This is what Amish Friendship Bread is all about. Thanks for sharing!
Very tasty but next time I will add two more bananas as that flavor was hard to distinguish.
We love it when people make these recipes their own! That sounds delicious, Fran!
Made this but used large box of vanilla pudding and did cinnamon and sugar in one pan and just white sugar in the other, and I used frozen but thawed fresh bananas. Hubs likes it. Next batch will add pecans, and an extra banana.
Can anyone tell me the Size of Pudding Mix to use? I’ve found 1.8oz & 5.1oz. I guess I can’t add too much pudding…lol. 🤔😁
This recipe calls for the small pudding boxes, Dene! Happy baking!
I used one large box vs two small. But I also used vanilla pudding
I made this with some alterations.
Added 3 bananas instead of just 2, could have used 4.
Added 1 tsp of vanilla instead of 1/2 tsp.
Omitted pudding and replaced with 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/2 a tsp of cream of tartar.
It came out delicious and moist, and not overly sweet, which was perfect!
I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I’ve made it several times with some variations in the pudding flavors. My favorite way to make it is with chocolate pudding mix! I hold aside a small bit of the pudding and dust about a cup of chocolate chips in it and fold them in last. Then, instead of using cinnamon and sugar to coat the pan, I use the last of the chocolate pudding mix. It’s sinfully good!!
Wow!!! Can’t wait to try this!!! Thank you so much for sharing, I believe my family will love it❤️
I skipped the pudding mix and milk, and just add another banana. Fewer toxic ingredients, and just as moist! I also love to add blueberries to this recipe for an extra yummy twist.
Add: I also use half coconut oil and half unsweetened applesauce, which helps keep it moist.
Oh… Did you know there is organic pudding mix at the store? I’ve used some with chia seeds and it turned out great!
This is the first time I had ever made a recipe using a starter. I made this yummy, moist bread today from the starter that I had started last week. I did change the flour instead using plain flour, I used self rising flour and omitted the baking powder and baking soda. I also baked it for an hour like the recipe said, but it wasn’t done completely done in the middle, I turned the oven off and let it set in the oven for about 10 more minutes,it came out perfect. I’m looking forward to making more with my starter.
I made this today. I did a couple of things different. First, I chopped the bananas up into small pieces and mixed them with 2/3 cup light brown sugar. Then, I mixed all the dry ingredients together and added them to the wet ingredients. Right before I poured the batter in the pans, I stirred in the bananas and brown sugar. Just took them out of the oven-delicious!
Kitchen Founder Darien Gee says
Thank you, Gwen! I got them and will be adding them to the recipes soon — they turned out great! 🙂
Michelle S says
Delicious! I used one box of french vanilla pudding instead of banana and added 1 cup of chopped walnuts. I baked it in a bundt pan and put the vanilla glaze and more chopped walnuts on top. It looked too good to eat!! … almost. 🙂