Judy’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling


1 loaf (16 pieces)

Updated: Aug. 22, 2023
I received this chocolate chip banana bread recipe from my co-worker and dear friend Judy years ago. When she gave it to me she said I'd never need another banana bread recipe. She was almost right. I added more chocolate chips for the chocolate lovers in my family. — Debra Keiser, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom of a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan with parchment; grease paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly. Add eggs, 1 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 until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 60-65 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack; remove paper.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Tips

How can you tell when bananas are ripe enough to use in Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?

Sweet, ripe bananas are ideal for banana bread because they’re soft and easy to mash. Brown flecks are the first visual indicator of ripeness. Additionally, ripe bananas should be soft when squeezed, easy to peel, and there should be no green on the stem. If yours aren't quite ready yet, try these easy tricks to quickly ripen bananas.

Can you use frozen bananas to make Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?

Definitely! If you have a bunch of whole frozen bananas stashed in the freezer just let them thaw before mashing. Here are more secrets to making the perfect banana bread.

How should you store Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?

You can store chocolate chip banana bread at room temperature for several days. If you don’t think you can eat the bread within a week, pop it in an airtight container or wrap in plastic and stash in the freezer. It will keep for several months. If you have a surplus of fruit, try these recipes to use up those bananas.

Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

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

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