Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread Recipe
The perfect blend of decadence and nutrition, this chocolate chip walnut banana bread will start your day off on the right foot or place the perfect period on the end of a delicious meal. The bread is moist, flavorful, and chocolatey; what could be better?
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Prepare a loaf pan with cooking spray and/or parchment paper.
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed for about 4 minutes until the texture is fluffy.
- Add the eggs and bananas to the mixture and mix on medium speed - just until combined.
- Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and vanilla to the mixing bowl and mix on low speed - just until combined.
- Add the walnuts and chocolate chips and fold them in with a spatula - just until combined.
- Pour the prepared batter into the loaf pan.
- Bake for an hour.
- Leave in the turned off oven for 10 minutes.
- When lining your pan with parchment paper, take a piece long enough to fully line the bottom with extra hanging over the side. The overhang will allow you to lift the bread from the pan. Spraying the cooking spray on the loaf pan and placing the parchment paper over it will keep the paper in place and keep the batter from sliding under.
- Choose extra ripe bananas. The riper (blacker) the banana is, the better. You can also freeze bananas to make this delicious bread at a later time.
- A few larger pieces of banana that aren’t blended up provide a gush of banana flavor to the finished product.
- Avoid overmixing the batter at any of the mixing points. The tenderness of the bread depends on it.
- Folding involves gentle stirring with a wide circle motion down and then up, moving from the exterior to the interior of the batter.
Best practices for storage:
- Keep in an airtight container, ziploc bag, or aluminum foil to keep moist.
- Refrigeration will keep the bread fresher for longer.
- Frozen when wrapped in aluminum foil and zipped up in a ziploc bag, the bread will stay good for up to three months.