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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LeslieH 249297
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2016

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

Tmharley11 247853
Reviewed May. 4, 2016

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

lmmanda 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 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 223339
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

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

Sue Zappa 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 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."

MY REVIEW 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 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."

germanycook 212708
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"Wow - this was delicious, moist and not your typical (sometimes boring) banana bread !"

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