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Cast-Iron Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I love this cast-iron banana bread because it cooks evenly every time. The end result is so moist and delicious! —Ashley Hudd, Holton, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/4 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • Dried banana chips, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly. Beat in egg, bananas and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into banana mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  • Transfer to a greased 10-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips. If desired, top with dried banana chips. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 330 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Amy
    Aug 28, 2020

    a super easy, simple and tasty alternative to making banana bread. Madi ti last night and the family loved it. My cast iron pan is 11". Baked nit for 25 minutes and it was perfect! No need to alter recipes, sometimes keeping it simple is the best option!

  • Jurgis
    Apr 22, 2020

    After reading the other reviews, my first try turned out perfect for me by reducing the heat to 300 and cooking for 60 minutes!

  • Zachary
    Jan 29, 2020

    No comment left

  • Alan
    Jan 21, 2020

    I glad I read Amy’s review! Same thing happened with mine, it wasn’t done in the middle after 30 minutes at 350. I cut the amount of bananas by a third, to two bananas, thinking it might help but didn’t. After 30 minutes at 350 I turned down the oven to 300 and cooked it another 20 minutes, checking it every 8 to 10 minutes. Needs bigger than a 10” skillet and maybe play with the heat and time cook. As far as the end product a slam dunk, as in with my morning coffee, five star rating, recipe is just off.

  • Gobell
    Dec 11, 2019

    To fnorrisnielson: um, it tells you right in the recipe

  • Amy
    Dec 3, 2019

    I really love the idea of this and I’ve made it two times now. The problem is, it doesn’t get done in the middle. I’m using a 10” skillet. My family likes it anyway but it’s more like a molten cake than a bread. Maybe less bananas next time. Maybe larger skillet. Maybe reduce temp and cook longer. I’m going to keep trying!

  • fnorrisnielson
    Nov 20, 2019

    Um, what am I supposed to do with this other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips?