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With a tender buttery crumb, bold banana flavor, and big hunks of chocolate, this is the best banana bread recipe ever.

Best Banana Bread

With a tender, buttery crumb, bold banana flavor, and big chunks of chocolate, this is the best banana bread recipe I've made based on years of experimentation.
Course Bread, Brunch
Cuisine American, Best
Keyword banana, breakfast
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Chocolate, Flour
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 466 kcal

Ingredients

For pan

  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon evaporated cane sugar

Dry ingredients

  • 325 grams all-purpose flour (~ 2 1/2 cups)
  • 100 grams granulated sugar (~ 1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 160 grams chocolate chunks

Wet Ingredients

  • 85 grams cultured unsalted butter (6 tablespoons)
  • 350 grams very ripe bananas (3-4 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
  2. Grease the inside of your loaf pan(with 2 teaspoons of butter or vegetable oil. Be sure to get into the corners. Add a tablespoon of sugar and shake it around to coat the bottom and sides of the pan evenly.
    Buttered and sugared loaf pan for making banana bread.
  3. Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together into a bowl and whisk the ingredients together.
    Sifting dry ingredients for banana bread together.
  4. Microwave the butter on low power until it's barely melted. Make sure you don't boil the butter.
    Melting butter in the microwave to make banana bread.
  5. Add the peeled bananas, yogurt, eggs and vanilla to a blender (or you can use a bowl and stick blendeand blend until smooth. You can also mash the bananas in a bowl and use a whisk to incorporate the other ingredients.
    Blending eggs, yogurt and bananas together for banana bread batter.
  6. With the blender running, pour the melted butter into the other wet ingredients and blend until smooth.
    Blending melted butter into banana bread batter.
  7. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold the mixture together until it's mostly wet.
    Folding banana bread batter together with a spatula.
  8. Add the chocolate and continue folding until there are no large clumps of flour. Be careful not to overmix the batter, or your banana bread will end up tough.
    Mixing chocolate chunks into banana bread batter.
  9. Dump the batter into the prepared loaf pan(and flatten off the top.
    Banana bread batter in a loaf pan.
  10. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out more or less clean.
    A clean skewer is the best way to test banana bread for doneness.
  11. Transfer the banana bread to a wire rack and cool until you can handle it without mits. Remove the bread from the pan and let it cool to room temperature on the rack.
    Loaf of banana bread cooling on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
Best Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 466 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 316mg13%
Potassium 352mg10%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.