Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe
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Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

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I received this recipe from my co-worker and dear friend, Judy, 32 years ago. When she gave it to me she said, “You will never need another banana bread recipe.” She was almost right. I added lots of chocolate chips for the chocolate lovers in my family. — Debra Keiser, St. Cloud, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 229 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom of a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan with parchment paper; grease paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in Taste of Home February/March 2013

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Victoria User ID: 8965112 256559
Reviewed 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 User ID: 191346 249297
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2016

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

Tmharley11 User ID: 8646743 247853
Reviewed May. 4, 2016

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

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 232561
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4175916 225703
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2925337 223339
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

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

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 222401
Reviewed 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!"

kpkaren User ID: 2650977 222353
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"This bread was good but a little dry. I think next time I will take it out a little sooner. It actually tasted better the next day."

[email protected] User ID: 3102613 197530
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"Kids requested banana bread for breakfast and this was a huge hit with the surprise mini chocolate chips inside. Very good flavor."

billreal76 User ID: 4512093 133813
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"This is the BEST Banana bread I have ever tasted without adding the chocolate chips. We also use sweetened almond milk (60 cal) instead of buttermilk."

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