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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This chocolate chip banana bread is the perfect balance of moisture and banana flavor without being too dense! Sprinkled with mini chocolate chips throughout, this loaf is bound to be devoured before you know it!

Saturday July 18, 2020

(5 stars from 1 review)

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Tips and tricks to make the best chocolate chip banana bread:

  • ripe bananas are the key to a good banana bread - the brown spotty bananas that lay neglected at the bottom of the fruit bowl at the end of the week are perfect for these muffins 
  • you can also use previously frozen ripe bananas, just make sure they're thawed before starting - I soak mine in hot water for 15 minutes or so to thaw them quickly
  • try and get you bananas relatively smooth, some lumps are okay but you want it to really mix in to the loaf. I usually use electric beaters to get my bananas really smooth
  • lining the pan with parchment makes clean uo much easier, but I normally just grease the pan with butter
  • try not to over-mix your batter - as soon as the lumps are gone it is ready to bake!
  • try to bake as as soon as possible after preparing the batter - some of the leavening agents start to work as soon as they are moistened, and if you let it sit too long before portioning it you will lose some of the lift and get a denser loaf

How do I store/freeze Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?

This banana bread is best within a few days of baking it, when kept in an airtight container at room temperature. If you can't finish it within that time frame, then the banana bread also freezes wonderfully. I often double the recipe and make two loaves, with one destined for the freezer. If you do decide to freeze a loaf  (or half a loaf) simply allow to cool completely, then wrap in saran wrap and then tin foil to keep it fresh for up to 3 months.

How do I make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?

Step 1: In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside

Step 2: In a large bowl mix butter and sugar together until smooth, then whisk in eggs and vanilla extract

Step 3: Stir in mashed bananas and mix until thoroughly combined

Step 4: Add flour mixture to butter mixture in small additions, stirring well after each, then fold in mini chocolate chips

Step 5: Transfer batter to greased or lined pan and bake at 350 F for 50-60 minutes

I can't be the only one that has a banana graveyard in the freezer and even occasionally the fruit bowl. You know the place where all the brown, speckled bananas gather, begging to be made into something? This chocolate chip banana bread is the absolute best possible use for that collection of bananas. It is so moist and flavorful, and so easy to make. It is full of mini chocolate chips so you get a little chocolate in every bite. It is seriously so, so good! Sometimes I even make two and freeze some so that we can enjoy it on a moment's notice!

What are the ingredients and substitutions in Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?

  • dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt: this is the base of the banana bread and will provide structure and some lift to the bread
  • butter: we use butter as the oil component because I like the taste, but you can also use canola oil or another mild flavored oil
  • brown sugar: I like using brown sugar for the moistness and deeper flavor it has, but in a pinch you could substitute with granulated sugar
  • eggs: Helps give the banana bread structure and moisture
  • vanilla extract: a delicious flavor addition to the banana bread
  • bananas: the star of the show! Its not banana bread without the bananas!
  • mini chocolate chips: I like mini chocolate chips because I find they disperse really nicely throughout the loaf giving a small hint of chocolate in each bite. You can also replace with 1 cup of regular chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

(5 stars from 1 review)

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Yield: One loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 medium bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4- 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 F, grease or line a 9 x 5 inch baking pan
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside
  3. In a large bowl mix butter and sugar together until smooth, then stir in eggs and vanilla
  4. Add mashed bananas and mix until thoroughly combined
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in small additions, stirring well after each
  6. Fold in mini chocolate chips
  7. Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake in preheated oven 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean
  8. Allow to cool in pan for 10-20 minutes or until you can comfortably handle the pan, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling

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What Others Have Said


Ralph
Wednesday May 26, 2021

Great way to use up older bananas! I didn't have a 9 x 5 baking pan so I made muffins instead, this recipe filled in a 12 muffin tray perfectly. Baked at the same temp for around 40 minutes and they turned out great.

Natalie
Thursday May 27, 2021

Yum!! Banana muffins is a great idea


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Natalie Kollee

Hi I’m Natalie. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, daughter and our cat. Since I was little, I have always enjoyed discovering new recipes and sharing food with loved ones. When I’m not in the kitchen you’ll probably find me crocheting, reading, or crafting.


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