Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Lauren Zembron
Lauren Zembron
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

I thought I’d give you a hug – in chocolaty banana bread form – on this Monday morning. Even though I don’t work out of the house, I occasionally get a case of the Mondays.

Who doesn’t, right?!

Anyway, I’m not suggesting that you eat your emotions; but let’s be honest, knowing there’s something this delicious waiting for you at the end of a tiring day has the ability to make the first day of the workweek go by just a little quicker.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This bread – in my opinion – most definitely qualifies as dessert. It’s sweet, cakey, and chock full of chocolate chips. If you feel so inclined, you could indulge in a slice for breakfast, but I think it’s better suited for an after-meal sweet treat; especially when it’s toasted to crispy perfection and served with a scoop of ice cream.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Regardless of what time of day or night you eat it, you’re going to love this bread… and hopefully it will make you Monday a bit more tolerable.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50-60 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert breakfast snack banana chocolate cake

Ingredients (1 loaf)

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup mashed overripe bananas (about 3 medium-sized bananas)
  • 1/3 cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil (I used safflower oil)
  • 1/2 cup unrefined granulated sugar, such as evaporated cane juice
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, preferably organic
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using), and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk mashed bananas, oil, both sugars, egg, and vanilla extract until well-combined.

Add dry ingredients to wet and stir just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a wooden tester (or toothpick) inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let sit in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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