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Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Bread- my favorite childhood recipe

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!

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Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Bread- my favorite childhood recipe (1 Loaf )

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 1 mins

nut free

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. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer and cream together for 3 minutes of until light and fluffy.
3. Add eggs one at a time then the bananas, milk and vanilla.
4. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.
5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to banana mixture followed by the chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
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. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
8. Cool and serve.

* To freeze: Wrap the bread and then place in a labeled zipper bag for up to 3 months.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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28 comments

  • Danielle

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

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    • Catherine

      You could cook them for 20 minutes in regular greased muffin tins or try this recipe: http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2011/05/25/banana-chocolate-chip-muffins/

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  • Kirstin

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

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  • Kristi

    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!

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    • Leoni

      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.

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  • Hillary

    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.

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  • Alissa Roswick

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

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  • Sharee

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

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    • Shelley

      Great idea!

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  • Oria

    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.

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  • Ashlee L

    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.

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  • Shobana

    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?

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    • Catherine

      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.

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  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    [...] Next to cupcakes, bread is my second favorite edible gift to give to family and friends. I normally bake large loaves, but when I came across this mini bread pan, I couldn’t resist its cuteness. Everything just seems cuter when it’s miniature, am I right? I usually make classic banana bread, but decided to add chocolate chips this time for extra sweetness. To make them more personal I wrapped small strips of parchment paper around the middle and tied tiny alphabet charms to each one with colorful string. All of these items can be found at your local craft store and this simple, delicious recipe can be found here. [...]

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  • Clare

    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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  • Tristan

    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!!

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  • Stephanie

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

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  • I will give it a try..looks yummy!

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  • Alyne

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

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    • Catherine

      Here is a chocolate chip banana muffin recipe that uses honey or agave instead of sugar! http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2011/05/25/banana-chocolate-chip-muffins/

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  • Erin

    I wanted to know if I could substitute with gluten free flour. My youngest has a gluten intolerance. If so, what would be the measurements.
    Thank you

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    • McCord

      I haven't tested it in this recipe, but when I need gluten-free goodies I use King Arthur Flour all-purpose gluten free blend!

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  • Nathan

    Salted or unsalted Butter?

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  • Recgirlz

    This was amazing!!! I used a cup of whole wheat flour and a cup of AP flour, and added an extra banana (I had four brown bananas I wanted to use up). It tasted amazing, and even looked beautiful!

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  • Melissa

    Wanted to know if this bread can be cooked in an 8x8 pan OR WHAT SIZE loaf pans do I NEED? How do I switch time ZOR temp. On the bread recipe also?? Thank you!!

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  • Liz Smith

    I wonder if this would be good with coconut oil instead of butter?

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  • Julie

    I made this recently and it was delicious and moist. I also added 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp nutmeg for extra flavour. I have made the loaf but I also used this recipe for muffins and cooked them at 350 for 22-25 mins.

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    • McCord

      So glad to hear you enjoy this recipe, and that you've had success making it as a loaf and muffins!

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