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Red Velvet Banana Bread

Red Velvet Banana Bread | www.somethingswanky.com

A lot of people ask me where I get my inspiration for recipes. And the answer to that question isn’t any one black or white answer. Inspiration comes from all over the place.

But I can tell you that a LOT of my inspiration comes from the collection posts my contributors put together (which are posted on Friday evenings). And I find myself browsing through one of these posts more often than most: 100+ Cake Mix Recipes.

I know that not everyone is a fan of the cake mix, but I am. I like cake mix cakes and cupcakes, and I like all of the other fun recipes you can create with a cake mix. So I get a lot of my recipe inspiration from that post, looking at cake mix recipes lots of other talented bakers have created.

Red Velvet Banana Bread | www.somethingswanky.com

Listed in that favorite post of mine, there is a recipe from Real Mom Kitchen for Banana Bread. She used a Butter Pecan cake mix… which is where my idea for red velvet banana bread originated.

I went back and forth over whether or not I would actually make it. Not because I was worried about how it would taste (it’s practically just chocolate + banana, and we know that works, right!?), but because I had no idea how my readers were going to respond!

I mean… doesn’t red velvet banana bread just sound… iffy to you? Sort of weird, right?

Ok. I get that.

But it’s not weird. Seriously. It’s SO GOOD.

Like… where-have-you-been-all-my-life kind of good. And it doesn’t just taste like chocolate banana bread. The cake mix really gives the bread a distinct red velvet flavor.

And ohmygosh is this bread so moist! I know half of you cringe at the word, but ‘moist’ belongs with banana bread, even if it doesn’t belong anywhere else. So know that I’m using the word in the best of ways.

Red Velvet Banana Bread | www.somethingswanky.com

>>Before you run off to bake up your own loaf, be sure to take note of the loaf pan size that I used (9x5x3). This is a big deal with batter breads– using the right sized pan. It’s a pretty standard sized loaf pan, so most of you probably have it. But take a second to make sure. And if your pan is slightly smaller, use a little less batter (only fill the pan about 3/4 full). Otherwise you’ll end up with an under-baked center and burnt top! If your pan is a little larger, start checking your bread a little earlier than the time recommended below.

Red Velvet Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Serving Size: 1/10 slices


  • 1 red velvet cake mix (just the dry mix, not the other ingredients on the box)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
  • optional: powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 9x5x3 loaf pan with foil or parchment paper and lightly spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Mix together all ingredients until batter forms.
  3. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from loaf pan.
  6. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.


You could also bake as muffins. Adjust the bake time to 20 minutes.


Don’t miss a bite!

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Love banana bread? Here are some of my favorite recipes:

Mom’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:


Peanut Butter Oreo Banana Bread:


Nutella Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


Reese’s Banana Bread


And here are a few more from friends:

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

Fluffernutter Nutella Banana Bread

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

15 comments on “Red Velvet Banana Bread”

  1. This is the most creative banana bread I’ve ever seen! I love how vibrantly red it is, too! I just comment replied to you that you’re the RV queen, and bam, I pop over, to see…a RV post! love it! pinned

  2. Oooh, I love red velvet anything, but I’ve never tried it with banana. And I also love using cake mix, it’s a quick way to start with a flavor and then get to add more fun things to it.

  3. This is serious the coolest thing to happen to red velvet in a long time!

  4. You’re a genius to pair red velvet and banana! Red velvet has those addictive chocolaty undertones, and chocolate and banana pair together perfectly. So good! That vibrant color is gorgeous too. And when it comes to banana bread — or any quick bread — I absolutely love mine moist, as in almost-underdone-and-borderline-gooey moist, so I’d gladly eat your entire loaf by myself! :) Already pinned!

  5. Red velvet anything always catches my eye and this banana bread is no exception. It’s the prettiest banana bread I have ever seen and absolutely perfect for Valentine’s day:)

  6. Oh you brilliant, brilliant woman you! I love this so very much!

  7. Love the idea of using cake mix in banana bread. I bet this tastes divine… a perfect addition to any Valentines Surprise!

  8. This is SO creative! My hubby is kinda totally obsessed with banana bread so this would be a perfect twist for Valentines! Pinned!

  9. I cannot get over how AWESOME this bread must be with a huuuuuge slathering of butter and a hefty dose of powdered sugar! Looks great and is so unique, Ashton!

  10. This bread looks insanely good Ashton! Just added it to my RV roundup :)

  11. What a ice addition to the plates I make up for friends for Christmas?
    The red color and banana bread will make it a hit.  Thanks for sharing the idea.


  12. I died and went to heaven when I saw this recipe because I love anything red velvet and bread!

    This may sound silly but I do not want to use a premix but am not sure what ingredients (and proportions) I should use for the red velvet cake mix. Can you help please?

  13. Hi Ashton!

    I just came across this recipe and I’m super excited to give it a go for Valentine’s Day this year-quick question, how sweet was the bread?  I ask this, as I’m considering drizzling cream cheese frosting over the top instead of powdered sugar but I didn’t want to cross over into the “OMG I can only eat one bite because this is so sweet” realm.  Thoughts?
    Thanks again for such a creative take on a classic favorite :)

    • Honestly, I didn’t think it was overly sweet by itself at all. But… it’s also worth keeping in mind that I may have a higher tolerance for sweets than most people ;)

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