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Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Bread- my favorite childhood recipe

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I have a habit of asking people what the first thing was that they ever cooked as a kid. You might be surprised (or not) by how often the answer is either chocolate chip cookies or banana bread. Where those two classics meet is the inspiration for today's recipe.

While some people may look at the spotty bananas on their kitchen counter as being past their prime, I actually get excited because they're the perfect excuse for making banana bread. Personally, I can't even begin to tally the number of banana bread loaves I made when I was little. Part of the appeal to me, both back then and now, is that baking banana bread is easy, fun to do and most of all, delicious.

I often make this recipe with Kenya and Chloe. They take turns mashing the bananas, measuring the dry and wet ingredients, dumping everything in the mixing bowls and of course, sneaking in as many bites of chocolate chips as they can -- while I lounge, read the paper and have my coffee (wait, I dreamt that last part -- that never happens!). Back to reality. The kids love watching me pour the batter they helped make into the loaf pan, but not as much as they enjoy sitting in front of the oven and watching intently as it bakes into a mound of chocolate banana goodness -- which tends to get eaten up faster then it took to make!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread  (1 Loaf )

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 1 hrs,
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I have a habit of asking people what the first thing was that they ever cooked as a kid. You might be surprised (or not) by how often the answer is either chocolate chip cookies or banana bread. Where those two classics meet is the inspiration for...

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 small bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (you can also sub chopped walnuts, dried cherries, mini chocolate chips, etc)

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. 2. Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer and cream together for 3 minutes of until light and fluffy.
  3. 3. Add eggs one at a time then the bananas, milk and vanilla.
  4. 4. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. 5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to banana mixture followed by the chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
  6. 6. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. 7. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
  8. 8. Cool and serve.
  9. * To freeze: Wrap the bread and then place in a labeled zipper bag for up to 3 months.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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  1. Alyne

    October 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I can’t eat sugar. Can I replace it for Agave? If so, in what proportions? Thanks!,

    • catherine

      October 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Here is a chocolate chip banana muffin recipe that uses honey or agave instead of sugar! http://weelicious.com/2011/05/25/banana-chocolate-chip-muffins/

      • Alyne

        October 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        Thank you! I know I can replace sugar for Splenda but I prefer using honey or agave so that baby and mommy can eat. I’m new to your site and I’m in love with it! I’ve already tried 2 recipes and they turned out delicious!

  2. Dips

    May 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I will give it a try..looks yummy!

  3. Britni

    April 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Can I replace the flour with whole wheat flour or whole grain, in this recipe and the muffin recipes?

    • catherine

      April 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      You can, but it will be a heavier consistency! I would try using white whole wheat flour!

  4. Stephanie

    July 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    We use this recipe as mini muffins. I always have all the ingredients on hand for this one. Cook for 10-12 minutes.

  5. Tristan

    July 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Just wanted to chime in that we LOVE this banana bread at our house. I changed it up a bit by: using a mixture of greek yogurt and Earth Balance to replace the butter, used a mixture of WW pastry flour and Oat flour to replace the all purpose flour and took the sugar out and replaced it with stevia.
    It is by far my kiddos favorite thing to snack on! Thanks Catherine!!

  6. catherine

    May 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Replace 1/2 of the sugar with brown rice syrup and add another 1/4 cup of flour!

  7. Meghan

    May 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I am out of sugar. Can I sub Brown Rice Syrup? What is the ratio?

  8. Sara

    April 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Catherine,
    If I want to add fresh Mejdool Dates, does it need any tweaking or not?

    Thanks,

    • catherine

      April 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      You should be able to add dates without making any other adjustments. I would try 1/2 Cup, maybe 1 Cup, to start. :)

  9. Clare

    April 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

    First time Ive made anything from your website and I must say its delicious! I didnt have any chocolate chips but still yummy without. Time to try out some more of your recipes that Ive been admiring now. Keep up the great work Catherine.

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  11. Shobana

    March 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I’m a beginner in baking. Which rack in the oven shd these be placed? Could I replace eggs with flax seed meal in this recipe?

    • catherine

      March 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I always put my baked goods on the bottom or second from bottom rack in the oven because heat rises and baked goods in the top of the oven can overcook! Flax seed mixed with water seems to be the most popular egg replacement.

  12. Ashlee L

    February 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    It PAINS me that I just searched my pantry and don’t have any chocolate chips! Guess I’ll try it without them – my husband says banana bread without chocolate chips is better than no banana at all :)

    I’ll be honest, I’m curious to see how this compares to the wheat germ banana muffins, which is our all time favorite muffin around here… it’s hard to beat, especially knowing it’s got that extra nutritional punch.

  13. oria

    February 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Just finished baking this…sooo yummy for my 18 mo old and me! I used whole wheat pastry flour instead and added dried cranberries! My husband will be delightfully surprised when he gets home later.

  14. Sharee

    February 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I slice the banana bread before freezing it, so I can just thaw it slice by slice as needed for breakfast, snack, lunch, etc…

    • Shelley

      March 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Great idea!

  15. Alissa Roswick

    February 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Ahh will make these today with Peanut Butter chips! (that’s what I have on hand and…. YUM!)

  16. Hillary

    February 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for all your fun recipes and stories! My 22 month old has started taking an interest in helping me cook and I love using your recipes with her! We will definitely making this recipe but probably use the mini muffin pan with 1 loaf pan.

  17. Kristi

    February 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

    My son & I just made your banana wheat germ muffins last night. Will have to wait for more bananas to turn before we try this. Can’t wait!

    • Leoni

      February 4, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Louis Prima .Born 7 Dec 1910, New Orleans, Louisiana.Died 24 Aug 1978, New Orleans Louis Prima started plaiyng professionally in his late teens around his native New Orleans, in the Dixieland style. At 22, Guy Lombardo saw him perform with Red Nichols and encouraged him to come to New York, where he formed his own band, Louis Prima and his New Orleans Gang, and moved from Dixieland to swing. Although a fair trumpet player, Prima s strongest suit was his stage presence. He was a loud, joking emcee and singer, never reluctant to camp it up to suit the crowd. His greatest notoriety prior to the 1940s came when Benny Goodman played a marathon version of Prima s song, Sing, Sing, Sing at a landmark concert at Carnegie Hall.In 1939, Prima broke up his gang and formed a big band, plaiyng a combination of dance tunes and song he wrote that played off his own Italian heritage: Angelina, Zooma Zooma Baccala, Baciagaloop. He also wrote several successful ballads, including A Sunday Kind of Love, a big hit for Fran Warren with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra. He had a few hits during this time, mostly comic numbers like Robin Hood. In 1948, he hired a 16 year-old singer named Dorothy Keely Smith, whose clear, mature voice and striking pageboy hairstyle quickly earned a following for the band. Prima and Smith played up the contrast between their ages, sizes, voices, and styles. Although Prima broke up the band in 1949, he stayed with Smith and worked the lounge circuit, marrying her in 1952 (she was his fourth wife). Going nowhere with the lounge act, in late 1954, Prima accepted a booking at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. On their way to Vegas, they appeared outside New Orleans with sax player Sam Butera. Soon after arriving in Vegas, Prima called up Butera and hired him to lead the band backing his act.The combination of Prima, Smith, Butera, and Vegas created something special, and their late show became one of the hottest attractions in Vegas. Prima and Smith sang and joked up a storm, Butera and his band, the Witnesses, played a smoking blend of jazz, pop, and New Orleans R&B, and the material was considered pretty risque for its time.In 1956, Capitol decided to record an album with Prima, and decided to capture their act live. The result, The Wildest, was like nothing caught on disc before the same kind of energy that fired early rock-n-roll artists like Elvis, but with material suited for an older audience. Capitol released 7 albums by Prima, Smith, and Butera over the next five years. They also appeared in a B-movie, Hey Boy! Hey Girl, that hung a thin premise around their Vegas act.Although they clicked onstage, by all accounts, Prima and Smith had a stormy marriage with infidelity on both parts, and they divorced in 1961. Prima moved from Capitol to Dot, married another girl singer, Gia Maione, and continued to work in Vegas. In 1967, he did the voice for King Louie the Orangutan in Disney s The Jungle Book, singing a memorable number, I Wanna Be Like You. Prima s act was becoming passe in Vegas in the early 1970s, so he moved with Butera back to New Orleans, getting steady if not spectacular work for the tourist crowd. In late 1975, he underwent surgery for a brain tumor, went into a coma, and remained hospitalized until his death almost three years later.

  18. Kirstin

    February 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

    This will be a perfect treat for my wee-one who isn’t feel good and home from school today. Great timing!

  19. Danielle

    February 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Sounds wonderful! If I made them into mini muffins would I just use the same cooking time as your banana wheat germ muffins?

  20. Katie | Healthnut Foodie

    February 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I get excited about brown bananas as well! Our favorite is chocolate chip banana mini muffins. Isn’t it fun to dream about the day our kiddos will be able to cook for us? (yeah, I will probably cry the first time it happens.)

    • catherine

      February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

      I will throw a party the first time my kids can make dinner for us (and happily sit on the couch and watch the entire process ;)