Lets be real- Banana bread is a classic and it gets even better when you add chocolate to the banana bread because who doesn't love a banana chocolate combination? This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe WILL have basic household ingredients, WILL be VERY MOIST, and it WILL include CHOCOLATE.
We all know that the most important ingredient in a banana bread are the bananas so it's very crucial that the bananas are in their best form. Many recipes call for ripened bananas and that is one thing I most definitely agree with. Why so much hype about ripened bananas? The reason is that as the bananas ripen, the starches in the banana turn into sugar, making them sweeter. Using ripened bananas will not only give your bread a sweeter banana flavor, but it will also make it perfectly moist and super soft.
How to quickly ripen bananas: There a few ways that you can help with the ripening process of bananas if you are in a hurry to make your banana bread.
- Leave the bananas in a warm spot. A warm environment will accelerate the ripening enzymes in the banana, thus speeding up the process. Some common areas in the house where you can do that are near a window that gets direct sunlight, on top of the refrigerator in the kitchen, or near a stove if you do a lot of cooking. I have to put a disclaimer out that if you do keep them near a stove, make sure they are not too close where it can become a fire hazard. Please use your best judgement.
- Keep the bananas together. If the bananas are in a bunch, they will ripen quicker.
- Store them in a brown paper bag and roll town the top. As the fruits ripen, they release a certain type of gas. This gas will circulate in the brown paper bag, which will in turn speed up the ripening of the bananas.
How to freeze banana bread? This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread can most certainly be frozen and if you ask me, if stored correctly, it will taste just as good after you thaw it. I have talked to a lot of people that say they purposely freeze banana bread so they don't eat it all at once. It is a great tip when you want to have it on had but also want to prevent yourself from eating the whole thing because let me tell you- when you have a Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe that's this good, eating it all will not be that difficult. To freeze you banana bread properly:
- Cool the banana bread to room temperature. You want to make sure that it is completely cooled because if you wrap it before hand, too much moisture will get trapped in the bread and it will compromise the texture significantly.
- Wrap the banana bread completely and tightly using plastic wrap. You may to this to the whole bread or you can even wrap individual slices. Both ways work but I recommend wrapping the bread 2-3 times to ensure there are no open spots. You may also use aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap.
- Place the wrapped banana bread in a zip lock bag that is freezer friendly. I invest in heavy duty freezer bags because it's a guarantee my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread will not pick up freezer smell.
Save and freeze your bananas! There are so many times where I have an over ripened banana or two left that I don't want to use up just yet and I freeze them. Frozen ripened bananas make the best banana bread! According to the FDA, bananas can be kept in the freezer for 2-3 months. You will see that once in the freezer, bananas turn dark brown and there is nothing wrong with that. Once thawed, and they thaw really quickly, the bananas will release a lot of water. Make sure the water does not go in your banana bread batter. You also don't have to squeeze the liquid out of the banana because that will be very difficult to do since it will be very mushy, but do make sure that any extra water does not get it your batter.
From my experience, banana bread can be kept in the freezer for up to 4 months without an impact on flavor. Although you can defrost the banana bread in the microwave, I highly suggest thawing it in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature.
How should you mash the bananas? Even though there is no right or wrong way, I want you to know that the easiest way to do so is with your mixer. You can also use a fork but if you are using a mixer to mix the ingredients, you can mash the banana in the same place that you will add the rest of your other ingredients.
This recipe calls for chocolate chips and I suggest semi-sweet. However, you may substitute the chocolate for nuts such as pecans or walnuts.
-Makes 1 Loaf-
- 1 1/2 cup of mashed over ripe bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
- 5 Tbs melted butter (70 grams)
- 3/4 cups sugar (150 grams)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (190 grams)
- 1 tsp baking soda (4 grams)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg (2 grams)
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup - 1 cup cup semi- sweet chocolate chips (120 grams)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan. You can also line with parchment paper to avoid sticking.
- Combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Combine together mashed bananas, butter, egg, and sugar in a medium bowl until evenly combined. Add vanilla and mix well.
- Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. DO NOT over mix.
- Lastly, add most of your chocolate chips in the banana bread batter. You can save a handful to add to the top of the banana bread.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. DO NOT overbake.
- Cool in the pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a rack.