Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

So there is an ongoing joke in my house about what to do with overripe bananas. Ryan eats bananas pretty regularly but every once in awhile a few bananas are left on the shelf and start to turn. He says “Des, I am going to throw these bananas away,” and I always say “NO! I am going to make banana bread with them.” And you know what, despite the fact that Ryan and I have had this exact same conversation about 10 times…I never do. They always sit there and rot until I eventually throw them out. Well this time, I beat Ryan to the punch. I saw the bananas and thought OK I am going to make banana bread this time. And in my opinion, one of the only things better than banana bread is banana bread with chocolate chips in it.


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Makes 1 loaf Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.


In another bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, buter and bananas. Whisk in flour mixture gradually. Fold in the chocolate chips.


Grease a 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 loaf pan with a little butter and pour in mixture. Cook 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Bread will be golden brown.


Remove from oven, cool in pan for about 30 minutes. Remove from pan, place on cooling rack and cool completely before slicing.



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    June 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Looking forward to making this tomorrow. One thought: When in college, a dear friend used to freeze the older bananas and make banana bread as time allowed. Her budget was just perfect for purchasing the sale ‘older, dark’ bananas to make for youth function deserts. After college, I started doing the same thing. We purchase a bunch, and every time a few are ready for the trash (too dark for our liking) or even better, I freeze them, just as they are. When you are ready to bake with them, just put them out of the freezer a few hours before you need them, and clip off the top of the banana peel and the banana just slides out, soft and ready for blending. They’re perfect. The big joke in our home is our freezer is always full of bananas, so it’s always ‘banana bread time’. Just a thought for you frugal shoppers. It works…promise! Enjoy…Blessings, D

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    May 21, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Just stumbled on this blog and recipe last night. Made the bread and it is AMAZING. Thanks so much for sharing. Many people will be happy today because I plan on sharing it!

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    March 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Looks like the freezing bananas is popular, I wonder why I have never tried it before? Thanks for the tips Anita and Amber!
    You’re welcome finsmom!

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    March 11, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Horray! My first award! Thank you :)
    Now how do I put it on my blog?

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    March 11, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I always stick them in a baggy peeled and freeze. You can also mash them in the baggy before you pop them in the freezer (lay flat and stack to save freezer space). I love banana bread! My moms side always sticks the bananas in the freezer…peel and all.

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    March 11, 2009 at 2:30 am

    I agree! Banana bread is so fantastic, but add chocolate and it gets better – and yours looks extra tasty! I always leave my bananas a bit too long too, although I just peel and freeze them until I have enough time to make banana bread. Congrats on the Award!

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    March 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks NAOmni!
    You’re welcome Medena! ;-)
    Thanks Renee!

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    March 10, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Congrats Des on the award! These look amazing!

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    March 10, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Can I get a slice of that bread with my award? :)
    Thank you so much! What an adorable award! I’m so honored!
    Same goes in my house with bananas; my kids always ask for bananas, and they always just end up as a decoration in a fruit bowl until they are not quite so decorative any more :)

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    March 9, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Your blog name rocks :)

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    March 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Ohhh that is a good tip Rita. I just noticed a couple of bananas that look a little past their prime, perhaps I’ll try that. Thanks!

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    March 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Haha….my husband is the opposite, he knows that when the bananas are growing too many dark spots there is a banana cake on the horizon…. Sometimes , if I don’t feel like baking a cake though, I would sauted the bananas in a bit fof butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Try it, it’s the fasted way to use up old bananas.

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