Build your own banana bread: test drive our ingenious new recipe generator

“Build your own banana bread” — what’s that all about? Don’t you “build” your own banana bread every time you get out your favorite recipe and bake up a loaf?

Well, yes… and no. You build a loaf of bread — but is it truly your own?

What if the recipe calls for vegetable oil and you prefer butter? Or nuts, but you’re allergic? Or you prefer not to use processed sugar so you want to substitute maple syrup, and then maybe throw in some whole wheat flour…

Sure, you could probably figure it all out — but it might be dicey. If you substitute syrup for sugar, won’t the flour/liquid ratio have to change? And what about that butter/vegetable oil swap — they’re not exactly equivalent, fat-wise; will butter yield a less-tender bread?

Build Your Own Banana Bread!

Our slick new interactive recipe generator offers a list of ingredient options that lets YOU make the call — from gluten-free flour to your favorite sweetener to any mix-ins you choose to add.

Pineapple-macadamia-white chocolate chip banana bread made with whole wheat flour? We’ve got you covered.

Even better, the generator adjusts any of the recipe’s necessary ingredients to accommodate your chosen ingredients; you never have to worry about inadvertently altering your loaf’s nicely balanced “chemistry.”

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Our 2018 Recipe of the Year, Whole-Grain Banana Bread, is the basic recipe upon which the tool is based. A superior recipe exactly as written, we’re now offering you the opportunity to customize it to taste. Scan the list of ingredient choices; choose which you prefer; then click “generate my recipe.”

Voilà! A made-to-order recipe for YOUR favorite banana bread.

Let’s give this tool a whirl with that pineapple-macadamia-white chocolate chip banana bread.

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Choose your ingredients

First I choose my preferred flours, sweetener, and fat. I’m going with the reduced-sugar option, since white chocolate and pineapple will definitely add their own sweetness.

Next I select my mix-ins. The tool allows you to add up to a total of 1 cup chips, dried fruit, and/or nuts; more than that, you run the risk of batter overflowing the pan.

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Generate your recipe

I click “generate my recipe” at the bottom of the screen and here it is: a printable recipe customized to taste.

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Make your bread

Tropical banana bread, here we come!

I stir up the batter, scoop it into the pan, and put it into the oven to bake.

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Just over an hour later, my pineapple-macadamia-white chocolate chip banana bread is just about ready to come out of the oven.

Build Your Own Banana Bread via @kingarthurflour

See that little hole in the center? That’s where I insert my thermometer to ascertain the center of the loaf has reached 205°F.

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We’ve found taking its temperature is the failsafe way to ascertain your banana bread is fully baked all the way through.

Build Your Own Banana Bread via @kingarthurflour

Banana, pineapple, and macadamia nuts — now THAT’S a tropical treat! Plus white chocolate chips? Perfect.

I absolutely love our Whole-Grain Banana Bread, and I was skeptical about fussing with what I consider a near-perfect recipe.

Build Your Own Banana Bread via @kingarthurflour

But given the ease of using our Build Your Own Banana Bread tool — and the imaginative, tasty recipes it generates — I’m sold.

How will you customize YOUR banana bread? Give it a try and let us know in comments, below.

PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!


  1. Margaret Johnson

    From the comments column, I decided to go back to my own (recipe?). Ive had very good luck. It’s usually a clean out the fridge recipe, everything from that last inch or so of Cream Cheese, to a tiny bit of jam, or any fruit that as become too soft, almost anything. But it works! And Quiches are the same, leftover corn, green beans, tomatoes, bacon or ham or sausage. Almost anything will provide a great Quiche. And Stew can turn into a baked sandwich or casserole.

  2. Joan E Bernstein

    Congratulations on your retirement, PJ. I thought I knew a lot about baking but you have taught me so much through your posts. You’ve helped my baking go from good to great (if I do say so myself, although friends concur). Also, you have encouraged me to try recipes and techniques I would have never tried on many own.

    Many, many thanks.

  3. Mrover

    As stated in the first email, the OS is Windows 7, the browser is Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) and the device is an HP Laptop.

    None of the customization buttons work. You can click on them, but they do not do anything.

    For the tool, regardless of what is selected in the checkboxes, the button at the bottom never becomes active.

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Thanks for following up with this information, fellow baker, and we apologize if we missed some of these details when you initially sent them. We’ve passed your experience forward to the right team, and they’re diligently working on correcting this glitch. We know customized banana bread is of paramount importance! Thanks for your patience. Kye@KAF

  4. Mrover

    The tool does not work on a Windows 7 PC with IE 11.

    None of the buttons work for the customization of the recipes and no matter what is checked, the button at the bottom of the page never becomes active.

    Maybe you need to include the system requirement to make this tool work.

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      We’re truly sorry to hear about the trouble you’re experiencing, fellow baker. We’ve shared your feedback with the right team to look into further, and we hope they’re able to fix this issue right away so you can get baking! Kye@KAF

    2. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi again, Mrover. We have checked in with our IT Team, and they were hoping you’d help us take a deeper dive into what might be preventing the tool from working correctly. If you’re willing to share, will you please let us know what device/OS/browser you’re using? You can either send this information via email or you can call our friendly Customer Support Team and let the representative know that we’ve asked you to follow-up with this information. We hope to get this sorted out soon. Kindly, Kye@KAF

  5. Samantha

    My husband is allergic to banana can I my a bread using another filling with the same recipe instructions?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Samantha. We haven’t tried using this particular recipe with other fruits, but don’t see any reasons not to experiment! Mashed pears or slightly baked (until tender) and mashed apples would be great options. Annabelle@KAF

  6. Barely a Baker

    Okay, love the idea…but my mystery ingredient is grated zucchini, which can totally mess up the moisture content…is there an app for that? Thanks!

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      We love using zucchini in quick bread. It adds moisture and makes each slice super tender. Rather than trying to add zucchini to a banana bread recipe (which will require adjusting the liquids and possibly the amount of banana too), instead we recommend using a recipe like this Simple Zucchini Bread here. Then if you’d like to add in some mashed ripe bananas to the batter, the substitution is more straightforward. Lower the vegetable oil to 1/4 cup and add in 1 large, ripe banana. The banana flavor will be subtle, but when paired with the zucchini it’ll be fantastic! Kye@KAF

  7. Manju gupta

    This is not working on my iPad,I selected ingredients from all categories,then clicked on generate recipe,nothing happened.

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Manju, could we help? It might be that there isn’t an ingredient selected from each of the “Flour,” “Fat,” and “Sugar,” categories, which are necessary selections in order to generate a full recipe. Try refreshing your browser and making sure each of these categories have an ingredient selected before generating the recipe again. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it works for you, and we encourage you to follow-up with us here or with our Customer Support Team (800-827-6836) if you continue to experience trouble. Kindly, Kye@KAF

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