Go Bananas!

This week I tried baking banana bread in my Instant Pot.


½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

3 medium bananas mashed

2 cups All Purpose Flour

1.5 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup chocolate chips


In a bowl mix together butter, sugar and eggs.

Beat on high with hand mixer until everything is combined.

Peel and break up bananas into a separate bowl. Mash them and add to a different bowl.

Add all of the dry ingredients

Mix all together with hand mixer

Add the chocolate chips fold in using a spatula.

Spray spring form pan with Pam and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Pour the mixture into the spring form pan.

Gently shake the pan to even and smooth out the  mixture.

Lightly cover the pan with paper towel and then tinfoil

Add 1 ½ cups of water to the Instant Pot and add trivet in the bottom of pot (see previous post).

Make a tin foil sling (see previous post).

Put the pan into IP using the tinfoil sling and place on top of the trivet.

Put the lid on and seal pressure valve (see previous post).

Cook on high pressure for 55 minutes and then 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release (see previous blog post).

Note:  My banana bread was not fully cooked so I put it in again for 10 minutes and another 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release.  This time it was cooked perfectly.

This is the recipe that I followed is:

This above recipe is from the Facebook group This Old Gal. When I first got my Instant Pot I joined a variety of Facebook pages as this is the easiest access to Instant Pot recipes. At the time, I thought it was the only way. However, since having my Instant Pot, I discovered that there are Instant Pot cookbooks and magazines in print.  Unfortunately, the reviews I have read and/or the FB comments about these resources have not been extremely positive and many of print resources are not readily available in Canada.  Due to these poor reviews, and the fact that I am enjoying learning from the Facebook groups, various blogs and videos, I have not pursued looking into the print resources.  The online resources are an effective way for me to sift through all of the information quickly by searching for specific help and recipes as I need. Plus there is no shortage of online information as the Instant Pot is quickly gaining “celebrity status” in cookware!

I enjoy the Facebook pages as there are many IP user comments with tips and tricks to help others when first trying the recipes. In addition, those posting often include an informal rating of the recipe, including things such as how they liked it and whether they would make the dish again.  The popular “must try” recipes come across the feed multiple times which makes it easier to decide what to try next as it can be overwhelming at first with the number of postings in the group.  Another reason I enjoy using the online recipes is that I can easily bookmark them on my computer. Now that I know most of the Instant Pot lingo I find the recipes are clear, well laid out and easy to follow.


8 thoughts on “Go Bananas!

  1. Hi Laura!
    I know nothing about the Insta Pot so this seems like a really good idea, when having supper at my aunt’s she too had to add more time to her recipe, does this happen often? This is such a good idea especially with a busy university life, when making recipes do you dirty a lot of dishes for the most part? I am interested to keep following your posts and learning more!


    • Thanks Regan! I have tried a few recipes that I have had to add more time to it but not that often. However, I have had a few recipes that after the first time trying it I cut down the time the second time I made it as it was overdone. I think it depends on what you are making, the recipe and how the pot is building and distributing the pressure for each recipe. For the most part there isn’t a lot of extra dishes being used. A lot of main course recipes you can just use the Instant Pot pot but I have found when trying some of the baking, cheesecake recipes you use a few more dishes but not an excessive amount. I guess that is what a dishwasher is for ha!


      • HI Laura, great post! I had no idea that you could bake a cake in an Instant Pot, impressive! I enjoyed the process shown in pictures, it is a great visual. One recommendation I would make would be adding a link to where you say “(see the previous blog post)” that takes the reader to the post you are referring to! Keep up the good work!


  2. Seeing all your Instant Pot posts are really having me wanting to purchase one for myself! How did the banana bread taste? Did you find it was better or worse compared to your typical ‘bake in the oven’ banana bread? What are you cooking next?
    P.S Invite me for you next meal.. These posts are making me hungry!

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    • I definitely recommend purchasing and Instant Pot ha! 🙂 I personally enjoy Instant Pot banana bread a lot more than banana bread made in the over. It is more soft and gooey. My latest post is hard boiled eggs. The way the shell practically falls off is enough reason to go buy an Instant Pot! 🙂


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