The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
In my family, Banana Bread is requested on a weekly basis! I purchase at least two bunches of bananas once a week and each week it never fails, I’m left with two or three bananas that don’t get eaten! What gives?
I don’t know if its the rapid ripening (brown bananas) that detour everyone in the house from eating the last bananas or if the kids just prefer bananas that are more on the yellow side?
Well……..whatever the reason, I’m always one step ahead of the game. I can almost always anticipate my little yellow bananas will be at full ripened-sweet perfection on about day five or six. Once I see those little brown spots popping up I know my little bananas are ready to make the most tasty, chocolaty, banana bread you’ve ever tasted!
Start by mashing 3 ripe bananas
You can mash your bananas with a fork or a hand mixer either will do.
Peel the bananas and add them to the bowl. Using the end of the whisk or a dinner fork, mash them into the batter. Leave the bananas as chunky or as smooth as you prefer. If you prefer an entirely smooth banana bread, mash the bananas separately until no more lumps remain, and then whisk them into the batter.
Now some might like their bananas with only a few browns spots which indicates the bananas are fully ripe. Then there are others who prefer their bananas a bit more on the browner side which ensures you are getting major sweetness and lots and lots of banana flavor for your bread.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients
Next, I mix the white sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, butter milk and eggs until well blended. The butter and banana pair wonderfully together and leaves this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread super moist! Plus, butter makes everything better!
For this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe, I’m using buttermilk which along with the bananas will make the Banana Bread super-moist with a delicate crumb.
Now, as with most recipes mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients making sure to end with with the wet ingredients.
The end result will be a smooth silky batter!
Chocolate Chips! Chocolate Chips! How could I forget!?
My boys Begged me NOT to add Nuts to this Banana Bread. Hence, the name “Chocolate Chip Banana Bread” So……. don’t forget to add that half a cup of Chocolate Chips. A half-cup is just enough to add that chocolaty sweet taste without taking away from the banana flavor. Mix it right into your batter saving just a few to sprinkle on top of the filled loaf pan.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- 2 cups Flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1 egg
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup butter milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Then butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.
In a small bowl, mash the bananas with fork stir Set aside
In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt
In a medium side bowl mix together the white sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, butter milk and egg until light and fluffy.
Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour is fully incorporated.
Lastly stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips into the batter.
Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of the loaf before baking.
bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.