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Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 212708
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

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

wrenjen523 User ID: 7407554 212707
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"Made a triple batch. Will definitely make it again. Used two bags of dark chocolate chips."

SRAdair User ID: 5856862 135381
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"Very good recipe! I have made this twice, once using mini chips, the other using regular size. I like the mini chips better. This is definitely one to share with friends!"

demccoy User ID: 4553404 118517
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"The best banana bread recipe I have made yet! I doubled the recipe and made 2 loaves; the only change I made was I used 1 extra banana just because it was on hand."

christquest User ID: 6648138 192704
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"My wife made this for me when I had a training class at work. It was a huge hit with all the guys!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 150901
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

"My grandchildren & their mom absolutely loved this."

rujerro User ID: 899415 150900
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"Emily- My chocolate chips don't fall to the bottom but when I make this, I sift the dry ingredients together and then fold the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. I don't beat them together. It does make a fluffier bread but I wonder if the air in it holds the chips up..."

EmilyEdwards User ID: 5652640 118965
Reviewed May. 24, 2013

"Love this! I didn't have buttermilk so I used whole milk and added a little lemon juice. It's nice and dense so I can give it to the kids and they won't make a crumbly mess! I have a question, though. How do I keep the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom? I tried tossing them with a little flour before mixing them in, but they still all collected in the bottom of the bread."

chin-chilla User ID: 2872569 194184
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"This was really great recipe, I made a double batch and got two very large loaves (one to share with my sister). It was like a sweet treat for breakfast with my coffee. Will make this again."

quiltingstitcher User ID: 4596769 124348
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Excellent recipe!"

KrystalCooks. User ID: 6918714 195655
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"Loved this recipe! It's a "total package!" easy to make, easy to clean up after, easy to eat! Read my full review here:"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 150898
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"Good flavor and texture. I used sour cream instead of the buttermilk."

cthetford User ID: 4270924 195771
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"The best banana bread I've had.. it has a relatively dense texture unlike some banana breads that are very loose and crumbly. Just the right proportions of banana and sweetness.

I was anxious to make banana bread and didn't have chocolate chips on hand so made it without them. Will add them in last time.
Also, I didn't have buttermilk on hand (and I get tired of throwing away lots of unused buttermilk and this used only 1/4 cup), so I made 'buttermilk' from skim milk and vinegar (mixed 1/4 cup milk and about 1/2 tsp of vinegar and left sitting for about 5 min)"

kayvie User ID: 3210972 180806
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"It is so good!"

bribeth User ID: 1213643 194183
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"Delicious and moist. My family loved this bread. I also made some muffins with the recipe and it is a great quick snack."

jansdrew User ID: 4715479 186051
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"I made this yesterday. It was delicious."

Ezraya User ID: 5540774 192701
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"First of all, I have never liked bananas. We had bought some for my husband and they were on the verge of going bad. He encouraged me to make some sort of bread and see if I could give bananas another chance. I had just gotten the magazine and decided to try this recipe. I made several substitutions, including applesauce for the butter and flaxseed meal for the eggs, as well as skim milk with lemon juice in it as a substitute for the buttermilk. I was out of chocolate chips but had some chocolate candy left over from Christmas that I shredded in my food processor. The bread finished cooking about 10 minutes early compared to the timing in the recipe. I was able to eat this recipe without loathing the bananas and my husband really liked it. I'll probably make it again the next time I have leftover bananas."

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