Steamed Banana Bread

Steamed Cooking Series Introduction:

I started this steamed series because many of you asked if I can do recipes for people who don’t have ovens but can have the same kind of baked goods. Because of that I decided to make a dedicated series. On my journey with steamed recipes, I discovered that most of these recipes are actually really doable, and it’s quite enjoyable to do as well! I’m so used to baking, not steaming, so I really had to think through the recipe, in terms of how to steam it, where to steam it, what pots and pans to use, and what utensils to use to end up with the best result. After a few tries I got all the recipes right to the point where I felt comfortable on starting the series. One of my secrets is that I never make a video on it unless I test the recipe, taste the recipe, and experiment with it first. Every cooking and baking video I post is a tried and true recipe!

Steamed Banana Bread

This steamed banana bread is a beautiful, easy, moist banana bread recipe and it’s great for those who don’t have an oven, or if you’re just looking to experiment! It’s fairly easy, especially if you’ve steamed things before, and especially if you’ve made banana bread before.

Ingredients for the Banana Bread:

  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar (white or brown)
  • ¾ cup melted butter, melted ghee, or oil
  • 300 grams bananas weighed without skin (about 3 bananas)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 3/4 – 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (optional)


  • If you want you can use a mix of both brown and white sugar in this recipe
  • When I made this banana bread, I didn’t use chocolate chips, but of course if you want, you can!
  • I also have listed some optional ingredients that you can totally add in if you want, or you can just stick to the simple recipe. Either way the banana bread turns out yummy!
  • You can use either melted butter, melted ghee or oil in this recipe or use a mix of both.
  • For the bananas, as it usually is with banana bread, the riper the better. 
  • If you want a more exact measurement I would recommend weighing the bananas because no banana is the same.
  • You may make this recipe by hand as well because it’s pretty simple, or with a hand mixer. 
  • For the size of your cake pan make sure it’s about 8 or 9 inches. Mine was 9 inches. 

Directions for the steaming setup

  • First you want to find a large pot to use, and fill it up about halfway with water. 
  • Next you want to find some kind of stand or rack to use, I use one of the racks from this set on Amazon If you don’t have a rack or stand to use, then use some other bowl or elevator. Then put in your cake pan. When I make steamed cakes, I don’t actually use a cake pan, but it’s probably the equivalent to a 9” cake pan. 
  • After that wrap a kitchen or tea towel around your pot lid, this is to prevent any condensation from dripping onto the cake and also to make a good seal for when we’re steaming the cake. 
  • Start heating up the water while you make the recipe, because you want to be putting the cake into already boiling water.
  • I always put the empty cake pan in the pot first and THEN put in the batter just to make it easier, but do whatever’s easiest for you. 

Directions for the Banana Bread:

  • Start by sifting together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt).
  • If you’re melting butter or ghee, then start melting it.
  • Mash the bananas (I always do it with a fork) until you have it to your desired consistency. Some people like chunks, some people like it all mashed up, I don’t really have a preference.
  • Either by hand, or with a mixer, start by beating together the eggs and sugar until it looks nice and thick. 
  • Add in the butter/oil/ghee and mix well
  • Add in the mashed bananas
  • Then mix in the dry ingredients by hand
  • Your water in the steamer should be ready, make sure the water is boiling.
  • Either line the pan in parchment, grease the pan, or do like I did using both. 
  • Put the empty cake pan in the steamer and pour the batter in the cake pan. 
  • Steam it for about 45 minutes on medium heat or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

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