Chef John's Banana Bread


This banana bread by Chef John is spiked with dark chocolate chips and walnuts. Banana bread is one of those things people rarely make on purpose — only when those last 3 bananas are almost black. However, this scrumptious loaf is so good you'll want to make it well before the bananas reach that condition.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
1 9x4-inch loaf


  • cooking spray

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 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 together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

  3. Beat together sugar and butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add mashed bananas and mix until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in milk and vanilla.

  4. Stir in flour mixture, walnuts, and chocolate chips until just incorporated. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Tap pan on the counter to release any air pockets.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let rest in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove bread from the pan, then 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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