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Small Air Fryer Recipes: Simple & Moist Banana Bread

Small Air Fryer For Baking Banana Bread

The mini air fryer we use in our RV is the 2 quart Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer (click to view on Amazon).

The pan we use that fits perfectly inside is the Fat Daddio’s 5×2 Round Cake Pan (click to view on Amazon).

The cooking tray in a mini air fryer is so small that a rectangle loaf pan would have to be tiny to fit inside but a mini loaf pan that’s under 6.5 inches in total length like this one (click to view on Amazon) should work.

Since I have very limited storage space in my tiny motorhome I just use the round cake pan for everything but I thought I’d mention another option.

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Mini Air Fryer Banana Bread Recipe

moist banan bread recipe for small air fryer

Moist Banana Bread For Small Air Fryers

A very easy banana bread recipe for baking in a mini air fryer. It's quick to throw together and turns out moist and delicious every time.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Servings 2 Loafs


  • Small Air Fryer
  • Mini Cake Pan or Bread Tin



  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Banana


  • 1/4 cup Walnuts



  • Melt butter in microwave, put in medium sized mixing bowl, and add sugar. Mix until butter has cooled to room temperature.
  • Add egg, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl mash banana with fork and combine with sour cream. Add walnuts if desired.
  • Add banana mixture to main batter. Slowly mix or fold together until combined but not totally smooth.
  • Grease pan with butter.
  • Fill pan with bread batter about 1/4-1/2 way full. Do not fill past 1/2 line as bread will raise a lot during baking.
  • Set air fryer to 325F.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Bake time may vary slightly depending on what kind of pan is used.
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing bread from pan.


If using the round 5 inch cake pan this recipe will make two loaves.

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How To Make Banana Bread In A Small Air Fryer

This is hands down the easiest and most fool proof banana bread recipe ever. The small amount of sour cream makes it so the bread will be moist and it really brings out the banana flavor.

Don’t worry, there are no sour cream flavors in the final result. Once combined with everything else and baked the only thing it does is add moisture but there’s no sour taste at all.

ingredients for the small air fryer banan bread recipe
Ingredients for the small air fryer banana bread recipe.

To start you will need to melt your butter and combine it with the sugar.

One thing to be careful of is making sure the butter has cooled down to room temperature before adding your egg.

If it’s still hot the butter will cook the egg a little and give you scrambled eggs in your banana bread.

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melted butter and sugar mixute for mini air fryer banana bread recipe
Melted butter and sugar mixture for small air fryer banana bread recipe.

I cool the butter by mixing it with the sugar for a few minutes. This not only cools the butter fast but it helps break down the sugar particles which results in a more tasty bread.

Once the butter is cool it’s time to add your egg, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, and salt.

You can pretty much just dump it all in and mix it up.

Mix until everything is fully blended together to make a smooth batter.

sugar, butter, flour mixture for small air fryer banana bread recipe
Everything in the small air fryer banana bread recipe mixed together minus the banana, sour cream, and optional walnuts.

Now it’s time to start the banana part.

In a separate bowl take your banana and mash it up with a fork. Then add your sour cream and walnuts if you want them.

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small air fryer banana bread recipe bowl with batter next to bowl with banana and sour cream
Banana mixture next to the batter for small air fryer banana bread recipe.

Once the banana and sour cream are mixed together fairly well it’s time to add it to the main batter.

It’s totally fine if there are still some big banana chunks, that will only make the final bread even better.

Now for the slightly more technical part.

You don’t want to over mix the banana with the main batter because you want there to be banana chunks still left when you’re done combining everything.

When you mix them together, use a large folding motion to gently mix the batter with the banana mixture.

Mix it together until everything is combined, but the final batter isn’t smooth.

final mini air fryer banana bread batter from recipe
Final banana bread batter with chunks of banana still visible.

Now it’s time to lightly grease the pan with butter and add some batter to it.

Do not add all of the batter to the pan even though it will fit.

The bread will rise a lot when cooking and if you add it all it will rise into the heater part of your mini air fryer and cause some burning and possibly even some damage.

Only use half of the batter, it will fill the round cake pan a little more than 1/4 of the way.

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banana bread batter in small pan ready to go into the mini air fryer
Banana bread batter inside the small cake pan that fits into a 2 quart or mini air fryer.

Set your air fryer to 325F on bake or air fry mode.

Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

If you are using a mini bread loaf pan it may take slightly longer to bake.

banana bred that has been baked in a small or mini air fryer
Banana bread after being baked in a small air fryer. The top is golden brown and baked to perfection.

The top of the banana bread should be lightly brown. You can see in the picture above that the center has risen to almost the top of the pan. That’s why I make two small loaves instead of one big one.

Remove the pan from the small air fryer and let cool for 10 minutes.

You can now flip the cake pan to remove the banana bread.

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slice of small air fryer banana bread recipe thats moist and yummy
Even a small air fryer can bake excellent banana bread.

You can now enjoy a slice of warm banana bread or let it cool completely before digging in.

Banana bread is one of those desserts that always tastes better the next day but this recipe will be moist and delicious even when it’s still warm out of the oven.

Have any questions about this small air fryer banana bread recipe? Leave a comment below.

by Jenni
Jenni grew up in a small town in Idaho. With a family that loves camping, she has been towing trailers since a very young age.

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