Introduction: Quick Banana Nut Bread

Who can argue with a dessert that takes five minutes to throw together? The cake mix here eliminates the need for measuring dry ingredients and the inevitable flour-dusted floor. -- Kate Merker, Associate Food Editor, Real Simple

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Fresh, warm banana nut bread is a simple way to keep loved ones happy. Just bake a couple of loaves, put on a pot of coffee, and voila: You've got the perfect morning, midafternoon, or bedtime snack for family and houseguests any time of year.

1 box yellow cake mix
1 package Jell-O Instant Banana Cream Pudding & Pie Filling
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 ripe bananas, mashed
4 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans

Step 1: Grease

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 large or 4 small loaf pans.

Step 2: Combine

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.

Step 3: Pour, Bake

Pour the mixture into the prepared pans and bake until a piece of spaghetti inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

Step 4: Cool

Let cool at least 10 minutes before transferring to a serving plate.