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One Banana Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

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One Banana Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts ~ when there’s just one banana left on the counter, this one-banana, one-bowl quick bread recipe steps up to the plate.

one banana banana bread in loaf pan with yellow napkin

This bread makes great use of that one lone banana that got left a little too long on the counter. It’s got a wonderfully moist texture and even though it only uses one banana it still has that classic-banana bread aroma and taste.

This one banana banana bread is perfect for those of you who appreciate banana flavor but don’t want to be hit over the head with it.


Loaf of one banana banana bread on cooling rack

The scent of banana bread baking in the oven has to be one of the most comforting smells in the world.  I love the idea of making the batter for this bread the night before, and baking it up fresh the next day.  Just be sure to add the mashed banana just before baking, so it doesn’t brown.  You can basically roll out of bed and enjoy thick slices of fresh-out-of-the-oven banana bread  ~ score!

Overhead photo of one banana bread sliced on a board, next to a piece on a plate

Tips for the perfect banana bread ~

  • Ripe bananas yield the best flavor, although you can use bananas at any stage.
  • Don’t over mix your batter.  Blend it just until everything is combined.
  • Use a heavy duty aluminum loaf pan.  I don’t like glass or dark coated pans, which tend to cook too quickly or unevenly.
  • Line your loaf pan with a long sheet of parchment paper so you can lift the cooked bread out for cooling and neater slicing.
  • Invest in an inexpensive oven thermometer so you can be sure of your oven temperature.  A few degrees either way can make a big difference in the success of your banana bread.
  • A little bit of good vanilla extract really brings out the banana flavor.
  • Did you know that you can make this batter the night before, and bake it fresh in the morning?  Just leave out the banana and add it in the morning to prevent browning.
  • Banana bread freezes well, just cool it completely before wrapping.  I like to double wrap my bread, first in plastic or foil, and then in a sturdy zip lock freezer bag.

Reader Raves ~

“I absolutely loved this recipe! It is a great mixture of banana and chocolate. I tried making it with half brown sugar and half white sugar instead of all white and I think this will be our family’s to go chocolate chip banana recipe.”  ~Nazanin

“Thank you very much for this recipe for my lone banana. I think this is the way I’m going to make it from now on. I made this recipe last night and everyone loved it.”  ~Hilary

*Recipe adapted from A Farmish Kind of Life.

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One Banana Banana Bread

One Banana Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts ~ when there's just one banana left on the counter, this one-banana, one-bowl quick bread recipe steps up to the plate.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 egg plus milk to make 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips optional
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts optional


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Add the softened butter and banana to the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, and mix until blended and smooth. (Or, if you don't have a stand mixer, mash the banana by hand with a fork, and add in the softened butter along with the rest of the ingredients)
  • Add the egg and milk, vanilla, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt, and mix until no lumps remain.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts until evenly distributed.
  • Pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan, and bake for about 40-45 minutes, until risen and golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out without batter clinging to it. (Moist crumbs are fine.)

Make it your own ~

  • The add-in’s are optional, so feel free to choose your own mix! Pecans would be great in place of the walnuts, and peanut butter chips can be used for that classic banana-and-peanut butter vibe.  Try 1/2 cup of sweetened shredded coconut, too.
  • Use tangy buttermilk or yogurt in place of the milk.
  • Got 2 bananas?  Try chopping an additional banana and folding it in with the chips and nuts.
  • Bake the batter in a muffin tray for delicious banana bread muffins.  Reduce the cooking time and keep an eye on them in the oven.


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  • Reply
    August 26, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Hello, I am planning on making this tomorrow with my daughter. How many minutes do you bake it for 2 mini loaf pans?

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      August 26, 2020 at 10:54 am

      The general rule of thumb for mini loaves is reduce the baking time by 1/4, so in this case that would be 30 minutes. I would check them on the early side, though, because mini loaf pans vary in size.

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        August 27, 2020 at 10:06 am

        Awesome! Thank you!

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    August 12, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Sorry, pressed enter too soon. What I meant was, this recipe was completely amazing! I used 1/2 cup brown sugar along with white and it was really good. Thanks 🙂

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      August 12, 2020 at 1:19 pm

      You’re so welcome Sanjana 🙂

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    August 8, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Just made this great recipe and it came out beautifully. I substituted 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, reduced sugar to 1/2 cup and added chopped 100% cacao bar. Yummm.

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      August 9, 2020 at 6:11 am

      I love using a little whole wheat flour in baking, bet it was good!

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    Jennifer Joseph
    June 18, 2020 at 6:11 am

    4 stars
    I made this yesterday and it turned out really well but it was more like cake than bread so that was kind of disappointing but my mom gave a good review so I’m happy too XD
    Thanks for the recipe.

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    May 31, 2020 at 11:29 am

    5 stars
    Great recipe. Eating a pice as I write this review. Had one very ripe banana and looked for a recipe. This was it. And so easy to remove from the loaf pan using the parchment paper. Thank you very much!!

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    May 19, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Nice and crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    How do I keep the banana bread and how long does it last?

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      May 19, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Keep in covered with foil or plastic on the counter, and it will last several days. It freezes well, too, for longer storage.

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    May 14, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Great recipe for one banana, thank you, so good

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    May 5, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    5 stars
    Love this , very flavorful

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    April 30, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe. I made this and it was eaten up so fast. Any suggestions on how it may need altered if I use almond flour? Thank you!

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    April 30, 2020 at 9:58 am

    5 stars
    OMG this is amazing recipe i made it for my parents they loved it
    love this recipe

    • Reply
      April 30, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Thanks for coming back to let us know Vivian <3

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    April 27, 2020 at 11:58 am

    5 stars
    Made this yesterday and it is delicious! I used a glass pan so I ended up needing to add 25-30 minutes to the baking time.

    • Reply
      April 27, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Yay, glad it was a success!

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    April 13, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Substituted milk with Hazelnut Milk and reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup instead (since the Hazelnut Milk was already sweetened), WAS SO GOOD! Favourite banana bread recipe from now on.

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    March 25, 2020 at 11:45 am

    4 stars
    It was really good!

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    March 24, 2020 at 7:08 am

    5 stars
    Amazing bread! The batter was much lighter and fluffier than any banana bread I’ve ever made. The only change I made to the recipe was to cream the sugar with the butter and banana, then add dry ingredients, then the milk and egg. I also used a glass baking pan so had to cook longer, closer to 70 minutes. I turned the oven to 325 after 40 mins, based on Google. This bread is divine!! Fluffy inside, crunchy outside. Let it cool for 45 mins or so and eat while it’s still warm!

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      March 24, 2020 at 7:09 am

      You’re making me hungry Heather ~ enjoy 🙂

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        March 25, 2020 at 6:40 am

        It was just a delicious the next day! This is definitely the best banana bread I’ve ever made. I can’t believe how good it is! Makes us feel like we are out at a cafe, while we’re stuck inside.

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    March 16, 2020 at 9:48 am

    5 stars
    So easy and such a moist result! I do, however, have to preface that I did use oat milk instead of dairy milk (#lactoseintolerantlife) so I am unsure of how my banana bread may differ from that of someone who used dairy milk, but other than that I 100000% recommend this recipe!

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    February 27, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I’m going to make this today but I only have oat milk on hand. Do you think that would do?

    • Reply
      February 27, 2020 at 11:22 am

      I think that would be nice.

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    Meryam Popal
    January 10, 2020 at 12:19 am

    5 stars
    Literally the best banana bread ever. I couldn’t stop eating it!!!

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    Connie Rankin
    December 23, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for this recipe. I only cook for one days days and always seemed to have that banana in my fruit ball that needs to be used up. I am happy to know that I can turned it into banana bread which is my favorite.

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    Marylyn Woudstra
    December 4, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    5 stars
    This was great! It was simple and very yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 21, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve made this twice in the past week now, and it turned out very well both times. (I hand-mixed the first time; I used a stand mixer the second time–there was no difference as far as I could tell.) I used both walnuts and dark chocolate chips. I only changed two things. First, I used soy milk rather than regular milk as that’s what I had on hand. Second, I changed the baking time (from 45 minutes to about 65) because I was using a ceramic loaf pan instead of a metal one. As I said, it turned out really well both times. I got a nice, light loaf with a delightfully crisp exterior, and it’s indeed a great way to make use of that last banana lying around.

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    May 20, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Delicious! Perfect for that sad looking banana left in the fruit bowl 🙂

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    May 7, 2019 at 4:23 am

    5 stars
    Thank you very much for this recipe for my lone banana. I think this is the way I’m going to make it from now on. I made this recipe last night and everyone loved it.

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      May 7, 2019 at 5:44 am

      Thanks Hilary! It’s amazing what you can do with a single banana, isn’t it??

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    April 28, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    5 stars
    Tried this today, it came out really good. I added half the sugar and half the butter and it was perfect for my family. Will definitely make it again.

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      April 28, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Varsha, I’m sure others will be interested to know that it works out with less butter and sugar.

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    February 24, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    laat week I had a single ripe banana in my counter, waiting to go to the trash bin – but then I googled one banana bread and found your recipe! so easy, I made mine with walnuts but no chocolate chip, added some cinamon – turned iut great! Hubby loved it so much that I’m making it again (this time no walnuts but added chocolate chips by his request lol) thank you!

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    February 1, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    So happy to find this recipe for “one banana”. This loaf is delicious. I have pinned the recipe to my board.

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    December 19, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I absolutely loved this recipe! It is a great mixture of banana and chocolate. I tried making it with half brown sugar and half white sugar instead of all white and I think this will be our family’s to go chocolate chip banana recipe.

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    September 9, 2018 at 7:45 am

    If i don’t have a loaf pan, would an 8-inch square pan work?

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      September 9, 2018 at 7:57 am

      I haven’t tried this in a square pan Jillian, but I assume it would work. The cooking time would be shorter, so you’d have to be careful with that.

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    July 8, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Made this last night and this afternoon I only have 2 slices left! This has to be the most incredible banana bread I’ve made, I used chopped chocolate chunks instead of chips, and I loved the addition of walnuts. Definitely making it again!

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      July 8, 2018 at 7:55 am

      I’m so happy you liked it Nabeela, and I have to say, chocolate chunks beat out chocolate chips any day in my book 😉

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    A childress
    April 23, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Wonderful recipe, I have more bananas waiting to become bread, thank you for the recipe.

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    Joan Lapierre
    April 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm


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    Amy in Hunting Valley, OH
    April 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I made this just now! It is much lighter than my usual recipe and I like it better. I was wondering if I could slip an extra banana in there and then I saw in your notes “got 2 bananas?” It’s like you were talking to me! I keep finding excuses to walk back in the kitchen and cut off another little sliver. Thanks for this great recipe! It’s a keeper.

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      April 8, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Yay ~ now I’ll feel like a sliver myself 😉

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 4, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Banana bread is just what I’m craving, love this recipe!

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    John / Kitchen Riffs
    April 4, 2018 at 7:34 am

    One banana, one bowl? Sounds like a perfect recipe! This looks terrific — love banana bread. Thanks!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    April 3, 2018 at 5:33 am

    I always have one super ripe banana on the countertop – this is perfect and so pretty too. I can smell it baking now 🙂

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 3, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Great timing! I just happen to have one lone ripe banana right now and I’ve been wondering what I could do with it. Perfect 🙂

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    April 3, 2018 at 3:10 am

    A very practical and delicious banana recipe, Sue.