Skillet Banana Bread, Cornbread Style

If you're in the mood to try a new banana bread recipe this is it. Using whole grain, olive oil, corn meal and baked cornbread style, this one will give the classic a run for its money.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword skillet bread, banana bread, corn bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 1 pan
Author Jean | Lemons + Anchovies


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup medium-ground corn meal
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas about three large bananas
  • Scant 1/2 cup plain yogurt I use low fat but whole milk would work
  • 2 large eggs beaten lightly
  • 1/3 cup olive oil I like California Olive Ranch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Baking spray


  1. Preheat your oven to 350º F. Spray a 10-inch cast iron skillet with baking spray and set aside. (See Note)
  2. In a large bowl whisk all the dry ingredients together from the flours to the kosher salt.
  3. In another bowl stir together all the wet ingredients from the mashed bananas to the vanilla extract. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the skillet and sprinkle a light layer of turbinado sugar on top of the batter. Bake until the top of the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. In my convection oven I preheat the oven to 350ºF and lower the temperature to 325ºF to finish baking in 40 minutes. I would bake for 25 minutes, rotating the skillet at this time and checking for doneness after another 15 minutes. It might take a little longer in a standard oven. Allow the bread to cool for a few minutes then enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want a crispier edge to this bread put the skillet in the oven while the latter preheats but don't spray the baking spray until the skillet is hot and you're ready to pour the batter in the skillet. You can use butter instead of the baking spray.