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.
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 1hour10minutes
Total Time 1hour25minutes
1 9 by 5 inch or 8.5 by 4.5 inch loaf pan
1tablespoonshredded, unsweetened coconutfor "flouring" the pan
4tablespoonunsalted butter, softenedplus extra for greasing the pan
1cup(200 grams) granulated sugar
2cups very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium bananas)
1 ¼cup(156 grams) bleached, all-purpose flour
½cup(62 grams) whole wheat flour
¾cupchocolate chips, dividedup to 1 cup, if desired.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a loaf pan and use the coconut to coat the inside.
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.
Variations: substitute peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips. Or use raisins and chopped nuts.