Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 2

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread ~ dark chocolate chips give this classic quick bread a delicious dose of decadence!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 1

Pretty soon I’ll be shoving my loaf pans and muffin tins to the back of the cupboard.  It’s just the way it goes, my kitchen storage has to shuffle around a little bit to accommodate the needs of the coming season…that salad spinner takes up tons of real estate.  I won’t need them for a while, anyway, at least until sometime in late August when I start craving  gigantic blackberry muffins and my CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN BREAD.  That pumpkin bread is one of my most cherished recipes, and the whole family gets so excited when I make it for the first time every fall.  But it has a short season, I never make it after the new year.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me to switch out the pumpkin for banana, this bread has the same great qualities of the original, but  it’s so much more appropriate for March.  And the nice thing about a tried and true recipe is there’s no guesswork.  Even though I’ve never made this particular version before, I know it will be perfect.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 2

And it is.  I threw together the dry ingredients last night, and left everything on the kitchen counter, waiting for me this morning.  I preheated the oven while my first cup of coffee sputtered out of the VERISMO.  The is the kind of recipe that you can mix from start to finish with nothing more than a fork.  This is the classic kind of banana bread your mom or grandma made, only this one has been upgraded with dark chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients

    dry ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • a heaping 1/2 cup rough chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
    wet ingredients
  • 1 cup well mashed banana (about 2 bananas, but be sure to measure with a dry cup measure)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 350F
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together, making sure to smooth out any lumps from the brown sugar.
  3. Whisk together the wet ingredients, making sure to beat everything well.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry, and mix until everything is well combined. Don't over beat.
  5. Turn the batter into a greased 9x5 loaf pan. I like to line the pan with one sheet of parchment paper with overlapping edges so I can easily lift the bread out to cool and slice.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour, or until it is risen, browned, and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it.
  7. If you can stand it, let the bread cool a little before cutting into thick slices.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 3

You can’t go wrong with this, it’s got a strong banana flavor, crunch from the walnuts, and a touch of decadence in the form of dark chocolate chips.  It’s super moist and keeps and freezes well.

What are you going to do with your extra hour of sunlight today?

37 Comments

  • Reply
    Maya
    February 25, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Sue,

    This has become my go to banana bread – so simple and delicious! I’d like to bring some to work for a breakfast meeting and I’m wondering if it’s possible to make it as muffins instead?

    Thanks!

  • Reply
    Alice lim
    January 20, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Can the chocolate chip be removed from this recipe. I am lactose intolerant,

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 20, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Yes, you can definitely leave out the chips, Alice.

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    Kat
    May 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    This has become my go-to banana bread recipe! I have been making it about every other week for a few months now… I eat it for a fast breakfast before school, and with my parents around we go through it pretty fast.

    I actually add a little extra oil to make the bread not dry out as much, since I basically burn the top to ensure that the middle has no mush.

    Amazing recipe though – thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      I like the idea of adding oil, it makes it so moist!

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    Lynn
    February 18, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I made this for my mom and dad yesterday afternoon and took it over to them last evening. When I talked to them this morning, they had eaten half the loaf. Dad is 92 and mom 88. I think they liked it… Lol…

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

      That’s hilarious! My dad is 84, I should send him a care package!

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        Lynn
        February 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

        I am blessed to have my mom and dad living so close. Only a few blocks away. We live in western New Mexico. I found your site yesterday and will take some time later today to check out more of your recipes. I have enjoyed what I have seen so far. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Grant
    August 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    All the way from the United Kingdom. Literally got this in the oven as I type. Cant wait.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Let me know how you like it, and welcome!

  • Reply
    michael
    March 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I am drooling over here, your chocolate banana bread looks delicious!! :-) I printed your recipe, thank you!

    check out my post today Hot Fudge Cake!!
    Michael
    http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/hot-fudge-sauce-chocolate-cake-and-ice-cream/ael

  • Reply
    Sherry
    March 12, 2014 at 10:53 am

    In hadn’t thought od using chocolate chips in banana bread before. That’s a great idea!
    Sherry

  • Reply
    Kitchen Belleicious
    March 11, 2014 at 6:43 am

    it looks like the best banana bread I have ever seen including my own! I love it with the choc chips!

  • Reply
    denise@magnoliaverandad
    March 11, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Those photos are so good I could just reach in and take a slice!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    March 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Yes please to banana bread with chocolate chips, what a great go-to loaf!

  • Reply
    Rose
    March 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    This looks soooooo good. I can almost taste it. I’m thinking the addition of 1/3 cup of peanut butter or hazelnut butter would send it over the top!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living
    March 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

    What a great combination! My brother-in-law makes something similar whenever his family visits and my boys love it. Beautiful photos!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 10, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Jeanette! Isn’t it surprising how well chocolate goes with so many things ;)

  • Reply
    annie
    March 10, 2014 at 5:48 am

    This one looks good too, but your chocolate chip pumpkin bread is still my daughters favorite! I’ll probably even make it for her in May when she’s home from school!

    I agree with your comment about liking the shorter days…I know it’s crazy, but I like candlelight and it’s just cozier. But I also agree that an extra hour of daylight means you can actually take photographs past 4pm!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 10, 2014 at 7:38 am

      I sent that pumpkin bread to both daughters in care packages every fall at college, and all their friends gobbled it up. I especially love the texture of it, and I’m racking my brains for another option besides banana to try.

  • Reply
    Barbara
    March 10, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Your photo has me drooling on the keyboard, Sue. Looks moist and chocolatey…love that you can freeze. I make sweet breads in small loaf pans for that very reason.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 10, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Thanks Barb, and yes, moist sweet breads like this don’t seem to suffer in the least by being frozen.

  • Reply
    Joanne
    March 10, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Gorgeous loaf! I do tend to switch out the items on my counter throughout the seasons, without even realizing it! Personally, I would happily eat a pumpkin cake year-round but somehow banana does seem more seasonal at the moment.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 10, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I notice the ice cream machine snuck its way onto my counter recently and I haven’t had the heart to put it away :)

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    tiffany rose
    March 9, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    For some reason my blog roll shows the last post from you as two months ago, just about the time I took an unplanned hiatus from the blog world. I thought you dropped off too and happy I decided to double check …

    Oh banana bread, one of my very favorites and I’d sure like a slice this moment with my tea! Some day the technology will be such that I can actually have what looks so real on my screen. Yum.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

      I’m SO sorry about the glitch in my feed, I’m trying to get it sorted out, but I’m so glad you re-discovered me!

  • Reply
    cheri
    March 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    What a beautiful combination! Nice pics!

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    annie @ chase that i love
    March 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I’m so excited for the “extra” hour! I’m going to use it to run and take pictures. Only that did not happen today (well, not to the extent I would have liked) because I failed to go to bed on time and then had to be up super early.
    Anyways, when I got home from work I took a nice nap. Now I wish I had this bread for a cozy post-nap snack.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      I’m one of the weirdos who loves it when it gets dark early, so I’m never super excited about the longer days, but, it is sooo much better for taking pictures of food, I will say that.

  • Reply
    Linda L.
    March 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I love how you talked about the hour of sunlight gained instead of the hour of sleep that was lost!! My daughter is the acknowledged banana bread expert in our house but I think I’ll challenge her with this one.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      I bet her recipe doesn’t have chocolate chips…in my book that means you’ll ipso facto win the challenge!

  • Reply
    Dom
    March 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    well, I have no idea what happened but your website dropped from my blog feed and I lost you for a month or two… thought you’d stopped blogging!… I have SO much to catch up on, starting with this stunning loaf… adore banana bread and make it often but not like this so I must give this recipe a whirl!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Oh I need to put the word out, somehow part of my feed got lost, I’m glad you mentioned that Dom, nice to see you back!

  • Reply
    Monique
    March 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

    PS I love how your recipes look on your blog:)

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    Monique
    March 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I have done some reorganizing lately too..never hurts:)

    This looks fabulous..and my kidlets like banana breads..I can only imagine w/ the chips..

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Pumpkin and banana breads are such great snacks for kids, and the chocolate chips are a nice perk :)

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