This is the only banana bread recipe I have ever used, and I have been making it since I was a teenager! I love it so much that I feel no need to try another recipe! I love to add chocolate chips to it. I got the idea from my Aunt Rosie…she always added chocolate chips in her banana bread. To make it extra special, I sometimes sprinkle mini chocolate chips on the top of batter. I noticed that every time I would bake this bread in a 9 x5 loaf pan, it would over-bake on the outer part and be under baked in the inside. It could be the quality of my pan, I would have to try another one to know for sure. That is why I give you the option of using 2- 8 inch pans or 5 mini pans for even baking.
I have been asked if you can use butter instead of oil, so I tried it myself as I didn’t want to answer without knowing how it would work out. I have to say the taste of it is nice and buttery but I much prefer the oil for this bread. The oil makes it moist, not that it was dry with the butter, it just didn’t have that crumb that I like in a banana bread. So if you prefer to use butter you can, but I recommend trying with oil first so that you can compare it and it is possible you actually prefer the butter.
I usually bake with olive oil, not extra virgin olive oil, it is a lighter tasting olive oil and no one has ever detected an olive taste in my baked goods. I do at times use sunflower oil. Any vegetable oil will work really, I try to avoid GMO oils when I can, so olive is my choice of oil for baking.
NOTE: If you like, you can use 1 full cup of chocolate chips or walnuts. It can be a walnut or a chocolate chip banana bread. I sometimes just make it with chocolate chips and do not add any walnuts. If I am adding fruit, I do not add any chocolate chips or walnuts.
What you will need:
- 3-5 ripe bananas mashed
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup oil ( I use olive oil)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp all spice (optional)
- 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
- 1/2 cup semi- sweet chocolate chips
Place the bananas, eggs, sugar, milk, and oil in a mixing bowl, and blend at medium speed until well blended. Sift together the dry ingredients and add to banana mixture; mix for one minute. Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips. Pour into 2 greased 8.5 x 4.5 loaf pans or 5 mini loaf pans. You can use one large loaf pan, it will just take longer to bake and I explain above why I prefer 2 loaf pans over one. Top with mini chocolate chips if desired. I also like to add a sheet of parchment paper in the loaf pan, as it makes for easy clean up and the bread doesn’t stick to the sides or bottom.
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a tooth pick comes out clean. If your baking in the mini pans, bake for 30-40 mins and check with tooth pick.