February 16, 2010

Banana Bread with Choc Chips

This is a fantastic recipe from my Auntie in Sydney - it's quick, easy, conveniently uses up bananas you've forgotten about and tastes delicious.  Especially with choc chips all through it.

Recipe Source: The 1997 Joy of Cooking
Ingredients - 11 x 21 cm (4 x 8 inch) loaf
185g plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
75g unsalted butter
65g sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas (best if they're all squishy)
50g walnuts or pecans
Optional: you can use chocolate chips instead of nuts, or just add the chocolate to the mix.

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

2. Combine butter and sugar.

3. Sift the flour with the bicarb and baking powder, then beat into the butter and sugar mix.

5. Gradually beat in the eggs, one at a time.

4. Roughly chop the bananas and mash them.

5. Fold the banana, nuts and chocolate into the main mixture.

6. Line a loaf pan with baking paper and spread the batter into it.  Try to get the batter as flat as you can.

7. Bake the loaf for 45 - 60 minutes.  When baked, it should be brown and well risen.
Let the loaf cool in the tin for 5 - 10 minutes, then lift it out using the baking paper.

Slice, and eat.  Mmmm.  Look at all that melty chocolate goodness.  And hey, it's got fruit in it, so it's healthy too!


  1. Hi speeding turtle ... yummy banana bread :) I also make it as muffins (regular or mini) and freeze some for lunchbox snacks. I have experimented using a proportion of wholemeal flour and it's also good. p.s. my recipe source for this one is the Joy of Cooking.

  2. Hey there :-) I made the banana bread you posted and posted it on my blog if you don't mind :-) It's absolutely delicious so thanks very much for sharing!

  3. Looks great, Charlotte! I'm glad to know some people use the recipes here. :)