Friday, April 16, 2010

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

There were several bananas left over at work yesterday and rather than let them go to waste I decided to take them home and make use of them.  

A couple of summers ago I spent a weekend at my friend CB's lake house up in Chautauqua, New York.  Her mother had a fresh batch of chocolate chip banana bread waiting for us upon arrival.  I was taken aback at how delicious it tasted yet how simple the recipe seemed.  CB's mother happily gave me a copy of the recipe and I've kept it safe and sound ever since. 

Today I decided to test different versions of the recipe and made four small loaves instead of one big loaf.  I filled one loaf with just plain batter (no nuts and no chocolate), one loaf with batter and nuts, one loaf with batter and chocolate, and the final loaf with batter, chocolate, and nuts.  Upon tasting a bite of all four loaves I decided the winner by far was the final loaf which included both chocolate and nuts.  Choose whichever combination you like and let me know which loaf is your winner.  The ingredients listed below are meant for one big loaf or four small loaves.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
adapted from Nancy Benjamin's Chautauqua Collection

3/4 cup sugar
3 large bananas, mashed
3/4 cup applesauce (or 3/4 cup vegetable oil)
2 eggs
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease one large loaf pan or 3-4 small loaf pans.

In a large bowl mix together the sugar, bananas, applesauce (or oil), and eggs.  Mix in the remaining ingredients.  Pour the batter into the pan (or pans).

Bake for 60-70 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes then loosen the sides of the loaf from the pan and remove.  Let cool completely on wire rack before slicing.


  1. I really adore this bread even tho I was recently introduced to it. I also love it with chocolate and nuts, hazelnuts to be exact.If you have the will, you can check out recipe I am using.
    Keep up with good work!

  2. I made this and it was a huge hit! I didn't have wheat flour on hand, so I used all white flour. I made it with only chocolate chips (1 cup of chips, and no nuts), and it was delicious. Given the apple sauce substitution it seems like a healthy recipe (of course minus my addition of more chocolate!), and it was very moist.
    Thanks!! Can't wait to figure out which recipe I should make next from your blog.

  3. This was delicious! Thanks for the recipe! I saved some of the sugar to sprinkle on top to make a crust, and I used half applesauce half coconut oil.