Chef John's Banana 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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
1 9x4 inch loaf


  • cooking spray

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 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.

    close up view of sliced Banana Bread on a white platter

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

334 Calories
17g Fat
44g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 334
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 407mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 204mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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