Can You Make Banana Bread In An Air Fryer?

Did you know that you can use your air fryer for more than chicken nuggets and crispy french fries? Just when you thought you'd figured out all the unique ways to use the fun kitchen tool, a new and unexpected one comes to light — making classic banana bread. This delicious treat is the perfect way to use up overripe bananas, and celebrities like Chrissy Tiegan have tricks for crafting the best bread possible. But, making it becomes easier than ever with this new method.

Plenty of baked goods that you would assume need an oven can actually be made in an air fryer. Everything from cookies to rolls to donuts can be made this way — even banana bread, as long as you keep some important tips in mind. You can either use your favorite recipe, or do a quick Google search air fryer-specific instructions. You might even be able to use your go-to loaf tin, as long as it fits inside the fryer's basin.

What are some other tricks for baking in an air fryer?

Although making banana bread in an air fryer is pretty straightforward, there are still a few factors to keep in mind: All brands are different, so make sure you check your bread's progress as it cooks — your machine could be stronger or weaker than one used to create a specific recipe. Additionally, your fryer's optimum temperature may differ from the one listed in a recipe meant for an oven, and you may need to bake for less time. Plenty of recommendations are available online, but you might want to employ a process of trial and error until you figure out the right combination of temperature and baking time.

So, why does this baking method work? Despite its name, an air fryer is more similar to a convection oven than a vat of hot oil. They make cooking and baking so easy because their fans are located above the food; this allows hot air to circulate quickly, which efficiently cooks the contents to perfection.