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Chef John's Banana Bread

Rated as 4.7 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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Ingredients

1 h 45 m servings 334 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 9x4 inch loaf)

Directions

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  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.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 334 calories; 16.6 g fat; 43.8 g carbohydrates; 5.3 g protein; 51 mg cholesterol; 407 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I increased the vanilla to a full teaspoon, used pecans instead of walnuts and mini chocolate chips. I made muffins out of this recipe--I actually got 12 really big muffins out of one recipe. I ...

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I folllowed this recipe to a tee and I made sure not to over stir and cooked it for the allotted time and Ifound this banana brad to be dry. It will definitely will need butter spread on it! per...

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I increased the vanilla to a full teaspoon, used pecans instead of walnuts and mini chocolate chips. I made muffins out of this recipe--I actually got 12 really big muffins out of one recipe. I ...

Fabulous recipe for an all time favorite! And, I must admit I did make this using those last three overly ripe bananas, lol! I doubled the vanilla and to give it a little spice I added 1/2 tsp....

Great recipe!!!! I have made this banana bread 3 times. Quick and easy and more importantly....delicious. The only thing I do differently is add mini chocolate chips instead of the regular si...

For a slightly spiced version of this great recipe try adding in 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, & 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg. For all of you who can´t find the recipe, it´s in the text unde...

Very moist and delicious. Followed as directed except I used 4 ripe bananas (small & medium) and I baked it in a 9 x 13 pan, which was plenty. Also I didn't have to bake as long as they indic...

This is a wonderful recipe - the best banana bread I've ever made. But ... we added a dash of nutmeg and two dashes of cinnamon. (Oh, and we didn't have the chocolate chips.) The added spices...

I folllowed this recipe to a tee and I made sure not to over stir and cooked it for the allotted time and Ifound this banana brad to be dry. It will definitely will need butter spread on it! per...

On my 3rd loaf. Followed video instructions to a tee! My family loved this- left out walnuts as we are not walnut fans. Goes fast in my house!

I thought the recipe was great! I almost didn't try it because it is so similar to others. I think what intrigued me was not using an electric mixer. I also think the 1/2 cup of butter and extr...