Chef John's Banana Bread

Chef John's Banana Bread

Breakfast and Brunch Breakfast Bread

Banana bread is one of those things people rarely make on purpose, only when those last three bananas are almost black. This scrumptious banana-walnut loaf, spiked with dark chocolate chips, is so good you'll want to make it well before the bananas get to that condition.

Servings per recipe: 12
Calories per serving: 334
Preparation time: 15m
Total cooking time: 1h 45m


  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1   Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Coat a 9x4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • 2   Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a bowl.
  • 3   Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add mashed bananas and beat until combined. Beat eggs into the butter mixture one at a time, fully blending each egg before adding the next. Stir vanilla extract and milk into the mixture.
  • 4   Stir chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and flour mixture into banana mixture until just incorporated.
  • 5   Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Tap pan on the counter to release any air pockets.
  • 6   Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour 10 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • 7   Let the bread rest in the pan for 15-20 minutes; remove from pan, slice, and serve.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 16.6g 26%
    Saturated Fat 7.0g  
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 407mg 16%
Potassium 204mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 43.8g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%
Protein 5.3g 11%
Sugars 23g  
Vitamin A 300IU  
Vitamin C 3mg  
Calcium 47mg  
Iron 2mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 3mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 35mg  
Folate 58mcg