Classic Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Updated on May 2, 2013

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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A Timeless Recipe

This is my mom's recipe for banana bread but it's no secret! It's from a bread book that was published the year my mother married my father, 1968. The bread book was a gift to my mother from her sister and has been lovingly illustrated by my sisters and I over the years (lots of scribbles!). Growing up, my mom and I made this together and then when the internet showed up in my teens, we started trying other recipes. We always came back to this one, though. This recipe calls for walnuts-- which my husband hates and I only mildly enjoy, so I make it without or sometimes with mini chocolate chips instead. I also substituted regular milk for buttermilk, as I had some left over from baking my chocolate buttermilk bread. I make this banana bread about once a month and this is the only recipe I use.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 4 small-medium loaves

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Ingredients

  • 3 and 1/2 cups flour, sifted
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 and 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • 4-6 bananas, ripe and mashed

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  3. In separate bowl, mash bananas.
  4. In third bowl (large), cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (approx two mins).
  5. Add eggs to butter and sugar and beat thoroughly (approx two mins).
  6. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk, starting with dry and ending with dry.
  7. Fold in bananas, ensuring all ingredients are well mixed. Fold in chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into greased loaf pans and bake at 350° for 40 minutes - 60 minutes. Smaller loaf pans take about 40 minutes while larger loaves take the full hour.
  9. Test with cake tester or toothpick to ensure bread is fully baked.
  10. Cool in pans 10 minutes then remove from pans and cool on wire rack. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap and let stand in frig overnight (don't slice until following day).
  11. Enjoy!

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

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Tips for Baking a Great Banana Bread

  • The original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. There have been times that I have forgotten to put it in or simply didn't have a lemon to use and so far as I can tell, it came out the same. I can't say that I taste a difference. The lemon juice helps the bananas from oxidizing too much (turning too brown) and is said to balance out the sweetness of the bread. Again, I can't tell a difference. To stick to the original recipe, if I have the lemon juice, I tend to use it.
  • Make sure your bananas are super ripe! The riper they are, the sweeter your bread will be. I have tried making banana bread with bananas that simply weren't ready yet and my impatience was not rewarded. The bread, although edible, didn't taste nearly as yummy. I buy the biggest bunch of bananas I can find when shopping. By the end of the week, in my small household, I'm left with a few who are on their way to looking pretty sorry. I can speed up the process by sticking them in the frig but this trick usually takes longer than twenty four hours.
  • When I say wrap in foil and refrigerate overnight, I mean it! Eating this banana bread the very same day will not be as delightful. It will be much drier and needs to to rest and to it's magic. Wrapping it well keeps all the moisture inside and is very important!

Heather Says

This banana bread hits the spot and reminds me of a time when I only "helped" to make it. Helping meant getting bored half-way through and going to watch cartoons but it was still more "hands-on" than helping my dad, which usually entailed holding a flashlight ;) This bread tastes great by itself or with some butter; I like it both ways. I love it all year long, but really love it from October-February as it's one of my comfort foods during the colder months.

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        Treasures By Brenda 

        4 years ago from Canada

        Looks good - though I'd omit the chips, much to the chagrin of my grown-up sons.

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        kaiyan717 

        4 years ago from West Virginia

        I just received a copyright generator on this link, though mine is chocolate cookies and yours is chocolate banana bread, lol. I fear Hubpages is getting a bit zealous with the generators. Great recipe, may have to try it

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        prasetio30 

        5 years ago from malang-indonesia

        Delicious and I can't wait to make it tomorrow. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up :-)

        Prasetio

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        Stephanie Marie Severson 

        5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

        Yumm it looks great. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        What a lovely hub! I sure would like a piece of this to go with my morning coffee!

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        Andrew Spacey 

        5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

        What a great recipe, thank you. And so beautifully presented. As an occasional experimenter with breads I'll be giving this a go no doubt. This bread is packed with energy - good for long walks and hikes!

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        Hezekiah 

        5 years ago from Japan

        Excellent recipe, voted up and thanks.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I'm back again to tell you how amazing this turned out. Again - thanks.

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        Susan 

        5 years ago from India

        Wow... What an awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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        Kristin Trapp 

        6 years ago from Illinois

        You couldn't be more right - classic banana bread is the perfect comfort food, especially during the cool fall and winter months.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        This is my favorite recipe for banana bread w chocolate chips. A 5 star rating with an up , useful and awesome. The photos are mouth watering!

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        Heather Rode 

        6 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        Thanks for stopping by and commenting Kelley and Christy! Glad you enjoyed!

        WannaBWriter-- my loaf pans are as follows: a Pyrex 1.5 qt which measures approx 5"x8" and my three medium loaf pans are Bakers Secret are approximately 3x6. I call the latter mini loaf pans but I have seen smaller so this isn't truly accurate.

        Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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        Barbara Radisavljevic 

        6 years ago from Templeton, CA

        Five stars from me. What size is a small to medium loaf?

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        kelleyward 

        6 years ago

        Ha ha Hearher! Ilove how you add your own experience and memories to the recipe. I see my kids doing what you mentioned here gettong real excited at first then going to play when it start to be a little boring. Voted up and given 5 stars! Kelley

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        Christy Birmingham 

        6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        My mom recently made banana bread - I will tell her about adding in chocolate chips! Yummy. I am sharing :)

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