Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Got bananas and chocolate? Then you’ve got the makings for a wonderful snack. Or breakfast. Or dessert. Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Good Cheap Eats

I never heard of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread until college. It was a “new thing” in 1990, what can I say? We didn’t have the internet back then.

One always knew when Chocolate Chip Banana Bread was on the menu at the dining commons. Someone at the window would peer in to read the menu and pretty soon the news had spread thought the line. I remember seeing girls race to the bakery area in order to snag their fare share. And if they were already out? Oh dear.

Hell hath no fury like a woman separated from her chocolate-laden banana bread.

This recipe combines bananas, oil, and quick oats for health and some sugar and chocolate – just ’cause. It looks beautiful sliced on a pretty plate for a breakfast buffet and is a welcome surprise in any lunch box.

Not only that, but it freezes beautifully. Just wrap the cooled loaves in plastic wrap and slide them into a ziptop freezer bag. You can also slice and freeze the bread, making it that much easier to get your fair share — or hide it in the deep recesses of the freezer so that you can snack on it secretly.


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Originally published May 7, 2009. Updated December 16, 2016.

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  1. Sharon says:

    Can you substitute regular flour for the unbleached and whole wheat flour?

  2. FishMama says:

    Yes, that is fine.

  3. Sharon says:

    Great! Thanks, I can't wait to try it!!

  4. AllieZirkle says:

    We made these last night, tripled the batch to make 2 loaves & 18 muffins. Yum!

  5. Juana says:

    I tried this recipe and doubled it to make 1 loaf, 12 muffins and a round one. I didn’t need to freeze it because by the 2nd day it was all gone. My kids didn’t even notice the quick oats 🙂 This time I’m going to quadruple and freeze some…Thanks!

  6. Hattie says:

    I have a very similar recipe. and I also sometimes substitute 1 cup of frozen or fresh (depending on what I have) blueberries or strawberries for the chocolate chips. It’s yummy that way, too! Although I have to admit that my hubby and three year old son like chocolate chips the best!:)

  7. Keri says:

    Could you use coconut oil instead of the canola oil?

    • Jessica says:

      yes, I’ve done that before. We loved it!

  8. Alicia says:

    I made these today as muffins and our regular banana chocolate chip muffins and these won the taste test hands down. They were much lighter and fluffier than the other ones we make!

  9. JenniferB says:

    You had me at oats and buttermilk! This was super good. I used mini chips, and made two mini loaves and nine muffins. I just tell my husband it’s a “Jessica” recipe and we know it will be good!

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