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One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This one bowl chocolate chip banana bread has become the go-to banana bread in my household whenever we have too many bananas. You probably already have your own favorite banana bread, so I won’t try to convince you that this chocolate chip banana bread is the “perfect” banana bread. But it has a few things going for it that you might consider.

It can be made in a single bowl. It’s made partially with whole wheat flour, orange juice for liquid, and a dusting of coconut inside the pan. So it’s healthy, right? Just ignore all those delicious chocolate chips.

Try it once, and tell me you don’t love it.

a sliced loaf of chocolate chip banana bread.

The background story

This would have been my mother’s banana bread if my mother had a child who insisted on chocolate chips instead of raisins and walnuts. Interestingly, it doesn’t follow the formula for quick breads that I discovered when I was making my kale and cheese quick bread.

I can’t tell you where the recipe comes from, because I only have the 3 by 5 index card I wrote when I left for college. Over the years it’s become stained and smudged, and the directions just say “combine ingredi.ents.” I think many of us had mothers like that, no?

Tips and tricks for this recipe

Recipes call for flouring cake pans so that the cake will come out without sticking to the sides. Shredded unsweetened coconut provides the same function and gives the banana bread just a hint of coconut flavor.

a loaf pan floured with shredded coconut.

You can always flour the pan with all-purpose flour if you are allergic or really don’t like coconut.

To make the batter, first beat butter and sugar together in your bowl (Panel #1, below). Then add the bananas (Panel #2).

four panels showing steps in making this one bowl banana bread.

Sift the dry ingredients on top and mix (Panel #3). Then stir in the chocolate chips by hand (Panel #4).

Scrape the banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan (Panel #1, below) and sprinkle with more chocolate chips (Panel #2). I won’t tell if you sneak one or two as a snack!

two panels showing the banana bread batter and chocolate chips added to the pan.

Bake until the banana bread is set, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If the banana bread is browning quickly, you’ll want to cover it loosely with foil.

chocolate chip banana bread baked in the pan.

FAQs about this one bowl chocolate chip banana bread

Does this really take 15 minutes to prepare?

Yup. Unless you only have flaked coconut and have to smash it with a mortar and pestle, and your kiddo keeps asking you math questions. Then it takes 20 minutes.

What else can I use instead of chocolate chips?

The recipe I have called for one half cup of raisins and a half cup of chopped walnuts. Feel free to use any other fruit or nuts. Use peanut butter chips. Use salted caramel chips. Whatever makes everyone happy.

How to freeze banana bread

This one bowl chocolate chip banana bread freezes very well. Just double wrap it in plastic wrap, and then put it in a freezer bag. To eat, just let it come to room temperature.

Related recipes

Check out these mini banana muffins for something really similar. Or you could make a pound cake like this chocolate chip loaf cake or coffee and walnut loaf cake. Or make other quick breads like this blackberry and lemon quick bread, or this summer raspberry cake.

One bowl chocolate chip banana bread

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 9 slices
Calories: 308kcal
Author: uglyducklingbakery
This one bowl chocolate chip banana bread has a lot of things that make it a contender for the perfect banana bread. It can be made in a single bowl. It's made partially with whole wheat flour, orange juice for liquid, and a dusting of coconut inside the pan. And it's full of chocolate.
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Equipment

  • 1 9 by 5 inch or 8.5 by 4.5 inch loaf pan

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon shredded, unsweetened coconut for "flouring" the pan
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium bananas)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 ¼ cup (156 grams) bleached, all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (62 grams) whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips, divided up to 1 cup, if desired.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a loaf pan and use the coconut to coat the inside.
    4 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened, 1 tablespoon shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium mixing bowl if using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until it is light, about 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as necessary.
    4 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened, 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • Add the bananas and beat until softened. Add the egg and orange juice and beat on medium speed for one minute.
    2 cups very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium bananas), 1 egg, 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • Sift the remaining ingredients over the mixing bowl and then mix just until fully incorporated.
    1 ¼ cup (156 grams) bleached, all-purpose flour, ½ cup (62 grams) whole wheat flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Add a half cup of the chocolate chips, reserving the remaining two tablespoons for the topping, and mix by hand
    ¾ cup chocolate chips, divided
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and top with the reserved chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 65 to 75 minutes on a rack in the middle of the oven until a toothpick or knife inserted into it comes out clean (you may need to check in a few places if you stick a toothpick into a chocolate chip). Check it at about 50 to 55 minutes and cover the banana bread with foil if it is browning too quickly.
  • Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then turn onto a cooling rack. It can be sliced when warm, but I actually like it better after it has cooled, wrapped in foil, and the crust has softened a bit. Store at room temperature for up to one week.

Notes

Variations: substitute peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips. Or use raisins and chopped nuts.

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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This recipe was originally shared on March 22, 2021. It was last updated on June 8, 2022.

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the mess in the sink after making this one bowl chocolate chip banana bread recipe.

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