Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My family loves banana bread and the recipe that I grew up with is a classic that we never get tired of.  Sometimes I stir in some chocolate chips to make it extra special.  I’ve found that it also works to make a loaf that is half regular and half chocolate.  Once you have poured the batter into the pan, simply stir some chocolate chips into half of the loaf. 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Recipe type: Quick Bread, Baking
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Serves: 8+
My family loves banana bread and this is a classic recipe that we never get tired of. Stir in chocolate chips to make a special treat.
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana (approximately 2 ripe bananas)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ⅓ cup milk + 1 tsp vinegar (or ⅓ cup + 1 tsp buttermilk)
  • ½ - ¾ cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream the shortening and the sugar.
  2. Mix in the eggs and then the mashed bananas.
  3. Alternately add the remaining dry and wet ingredients.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips at the end.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan.
  6. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let the loaf cool in the pan for ten minutes.
  8. Gently slide a knife around the edges of the loaf to loosen it from the pan.
  9. Then invert the pan onto a plate and gently shake and tap it until the bread falls out.
  10. Let the banana bread cool completely on a wire rack.


{TIP: Mashed bananas freeze well.  If I have bananas that are getting too ripe but I don’t have time to make bread, I mash the bananas and freeze them in 1 cup portions so that it’s all measured and ready to go for when I do have time to bake.}

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8 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Banana Bread”

  1. Ponikaa Girl says:

    Hi! i love your photo of the chocolate banana muffin. I was wondering if I could have permission to repost the photo on my site http://whatilearnedatthechocolateshop. The blog’s topic is about chocolate jargon and knowing the right words to discuss chocolate. I would put a link on the photo linking back to Itsy Bitsy’s foodies.com site which I found through FoodGawker. Okay, hope to hear from you soon. Great photo! Printed the recipe already!

  2. kelsey says:

    Yes, you may post the photo on your site. Thanks for your interest and thanks for checking with me first!

  3. Bianca says:

    Couldn’t find my go to banana bread recipe and decided to try yours instead! Absolutely delcious, moist and fluffy, and the perfect density!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  4. kelsey says:

    I’m glad you liked it!!

  5. Jenniferh says:

    Tried this over the weekend….all I can say is Amazing. My husband and I ate the whole thing over the course of a day!!!

  6. kelsey says:

    Jennifer, I’m glad that you both liked it!!

  7. Abby says:

    I am in the midst of making this… the batter tasted delicious and i cant wait for the final product 🙂 thanks for sharing this .. it is very yummy!

  8. kelsey says:

    Abby, I’m glad you like it!

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