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Judy’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I received this chocolate chip banana recipe from my co-worker and dear friend, Judy, years ago. When she gave it to me she said, “You will never need another banana bread recipe.” She was almost right. I added more chocolate chips for the chocolate lovers in my family. — Debra Keiser, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom of a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan with parchment; grease paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Fold in chocolate chips and, if desired, walnuts.
  • Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack; remove paper.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 229 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • taylward
    May 17, 2020

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  • billreal76
    May 14, 2019

    I have been making this bread since it was first published in Feb/Mar 2013 and it is STILL delicious. I DO NOT add chocolate chips and I use sweetened almond milk. Plus, I use 2/3 cup walnuts and 2/3 cup pecans. BEAUTIFUL and DELICIOUS ... EVERY time.

  • Victoria
    Nov 8, 2016

    I made this tonight and it was absolutely amazing. I didn't have buttermilk on hand, so I used regular milk and it was fine. I will be saving this recipe and making it again soon!

  • LeslieH
    Jun 10, 2016

    Delicious and moist. Used mini chocolate chips so you get chocolate in every bite.

  • Undergate1
    Jun 4, 2016

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  • Tmharley11
    May 4, 2016

    We love this bread! I don't change a thing.

  • lmmanda
    Sep 9, 2015

    Soooo delicious! I was a little skeptical of so much sugar, but I made it as directed and it turned out perfect. Nice and moist, this is an definite keeper!

  • preachermom
    May 1, 2015

    Pretty tasty. I cut the sugar in mine and it was fine....I think I actually could have cut the sugar a bit more! The kids and hubby thought it was great!

  • jbander2
    Mar 22, 2015

    This was so delicious and very easy. Will definitely make again!

  • Sue Zappa
    Mar 9, 2015

    My family thought this bread was delicious; rated it "tied" with other the banana bread that I make. That's saying a lot! As another reviewer suggested, I used lite sour cream because I didn't have any buttermilk but still wanted the "bulk" that buttermilk gives. I also reduced the sugar by 1/2 cup. Doubled the recipe & I'm glad I did. Next time I will make one loaf without the chocolate chips, though, because I actually prefer my banana bread plain. One of my sons said he'd like to try it with half chocolate chips & half peanut butter chips, so I may try it that way. A definite keeper!