Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Hello, there! Today I wanted to share one of my baking classics – my family banana bread recipe. This recipe is an oldie but goodie handed down from my Granny (my great-grandma). This recipe has to be one of my biggest crowd pleasers and is easily the one baked good most often requested by my friends and coworkers.

Chocolate chip banana bread

Banana Bread, Schmanana Bread

My mom used to make this banana cake for my siblings and me as kids, in the form of a sheet cake. In fact, my twin brother used to request this as his birthday cake, while my sophisticated palette opted for my own personal Oreo cheesecake (but this banana cake is still pretty bomb).

Chocolate chip banana bread

Over the years, my Granny’s old banana cake recipe turned into a banana “bread” recipe, because if you bake it in a loaf pan that makes it bread, right? For those of you who’ve said to me, “This is the best banana bread I’ve ever had!” I have a confession to make: I tricked you. I’ve been feeding you cake all along. So naturally, why wouldn’t cake be the best “bread” you’ve ever had?

chocolate chip banana bread

As I kept bringing in loaves of banana bread to work, I eventually experimented with a handful of chocolate chips in one loaf and left the second loaf plain to see what people’s preferences were (In fact, that’s what I did with the batch of banana bread I photographed here, so you’ll notice some slices are plain and some contain chocolate chips). Chocolate chip banana bread won out every time, so I’m including chocolate chips in this recipe, even though the plain banana bread version can easily stand alone without them.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
A sweet, moist, cake-like banana bread with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Include chocolate chips for sweet bursts of chocolate in every bite.
Chocolate chip banana bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45-50 minutes
Servings
2 loafs
Ingredients
  • cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ⅔ cups sugar
  • 2 ½ cups flour sifted
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups bananas ripe
  • cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips optional
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45-50 minutes
Servings
2 loafs
Ingredients
  • cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ⅔ cups sugar
  • 2 ½ cups flour sifted
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups bananas ripe
  • cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips optional
Chocolate chip banana bread
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9" x 5" loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add in sifted dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt). Mix until combined, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed. Add bananas and half of the buttermilk. Mix on low until batter is damp, then beat an additional 2 minutes. Add remaining buttermilk and eggs, then beat 2 minutes longer. Fold in chocolate chips.
    Chocolate chip banana bread
  3. Divide batter evenly between the two greased loaf pans.
  4. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until tops are set and golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  5. Let bread cool in pan for 20 minutes. Transfer loaves from pans to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.
Recipe Notes
  • I used miniature sized chocolate chips in this recipe. I've used regular chocolate chips before, but they tend to sink to the bottom of the pan and stick easily, making the bread harder to remove from the pan, even when greased. The mini chocolate chips are lighter, so not all sink to the bottom, which makes for an easier removal from the pan with the same great taste.
  • The riper the bananas, the better the banana flavor when baking. Whenever I have bananas at home that get too brown to eat, I let them sit out a few more days to ripen even more, with the intention of saving them until I bake my next loaf of banana bread. After ripening, I peel the bananas and throw them in a Ziploc in the freezer. You can also freeze bananas peel and all, but I find bananas are less disgusting and easier to peel if you do so before freezing.
  • I mentioned this recipe was originally a "banana cake" recipe. You can also prepare it in a greased 13" x 9" glass pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. You can serve plain, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or slather with fresh whipped cream!
  • This recipe is great on its own (without chocolate chips), but you can try other variations using peanut butter chips (for all you pb/banana lovers) or chopped walnuts.

Chocolate chip banana bread

I hope you enjoy this banana-y delight! Happy baking!

Britter’s Bakery Updates

Still reading? Awesome! So, just wanted to sneak in a little update. I haven’t been posting as frequently as I would like, but trust me, I am definitely still baking a lot. I’ve had a few custom baking orders this summer that have been keeping me busy. Here are a few things I’ve been up to:

In July, my friend Skylor over at Smirk Photobooth Co. hired me to bake treats for her company’s first birthday party. You can hire her for any event for unlimited photos (digital and printed) with dozens of fun props to choose from. We couldn’t help but test out her photo booth!

Smirk Photobooth Co
Photo cred: Smirk Photobooth Co.
Smirk Photobooth Co
Photo cred: Smirk Photobooth Co.

 

Skylor had a professional photographer, Madeline, on site to capture the event, and she took a few beautiful photographs of the dessert table.

red velvet cake bites
Photo Cred: Madeline Metcalf
red velvet cake bites
Photo Cred: Madeline Metcalf

I made a few dozen red velvet cake bites (essentially a cake pop but without the stick) and red velvet mini cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for the event. Mmmm! They were so tasty! Many thanks to Madeline Metcalf for sharing these photos, and for loving these sweets as much as I did!

I also have been hired throughout the summer to bake several birthday cakes and baby shower cakes. Here’s a pic of a really fun cake I made for one of those orders: yellow funfetti cake inside, vanilla frosting on the outside covered in rainbow sprinkles!

Rainbow sprinkle cake Rainbow sprinkle cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish I would have been able to get a shot of this cake with a slice cut out of it for the full effect, but I had to hand it off in mint condition for the b-day party. 🙂

Baked to Order

So, all that being said, please reach out if you’d like me to bake any sweet treats for your next special occasion. You can use my contact form to reach me initially (this helps weed out any spam). Can’t wait to hear from you!

With sprinkles on top,

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