Super soft and easy to make, this One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana loaf makes a quick and delicious bake. There is no special equipment needed to prepare this loaf, just a bowl and spoon is required to combine the batter.
One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf
There are so many things I love about this bake.
- It is a loaf. Need I say more. If you haven't noticed yet, I have a slight ( let's make that a crazy obsession) with baking loaf cakes.
- This is a quick one-bowl mix, using basic ingredients.
- There is no special equipment needed to mix the batter, just a fork or spoon is perfect.
- This loaf is deliciously crusty on the outside and soft and moist on the inside.
- Filled and topped with chocolate chips, it tastes amazing, and there is no need for frosting unless you would prefer to, of course. This delicious loaf can be served sliced for breakfast, as a lunch box treat or even as a dessert.
Bake as a loaf or as muffins
Use this recipe to bake a single loaf or 6 regular-sized muffins.
For muffins, bake at 320°F / 160°C for 15 to 18 minutes. Test with a skewer at 15 minutes.
For a loaf, bake at the estimated time specified on with this recipe.
Just a note on a few ingredients and substitutes if needed
While the full recipe is written below, this is the section to read if you’re wondering about ingredient substitutions or how these ingredients work in the recipe.
- 2 ripe bananas: This is a great recipe to use those overripe bananas from your fruit basket. These add a sweeter, richer taste to the loaf, meaning that less sugar is added to the recipe. I use just a ¼ cup of sugar, but you can add more or less according to your taste.
- Melted butter: Another plus for this bake. Besides being super convenient, melted butter also adds to the moisture, creating a dense but soft bake. The butter can be melted in the microwave or on the stovetop.
- Sugar: White granulated or brown sugar can be used in this recipe. I prefer using light brown sugar. It adds more of a rich caramel flavour to the loaf, In addition, it contributes to adding moisture and softness to this bake.
- Buttermilk: Another one of my favourite ingredients used in baking. Buttermilk ensures a soft, light bake.
- If you do not have buttermilk then just substitute it by adding 1 tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice or vinegar to a ¼ cup ( 60ml) full cream milk /full-fat milk. Leave it to stand for 5 minutes before using in place of the buttermilk.
- Chocolate chips: Use chocolate chips or chop chunks from a slab of chocolate and use that instead.
Making the One bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf
While the full printable recipe is written below, this is the process with step-by-step pictures to guide you.
Super easy to make, start by mashing the bananas in a bowl.
Pour in the melted butter, and mix until combined.
Add the sugar, buttermilk, vanilla or caramel essence, baking soda/ bicarbonate of soda, and flour. Mix with a spoon just until the batter is combined and smooth.
Stir in a ¼ cup of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate pieces and transfer the batter to a greased and lined 9x5-inch / 23 x 13 cm loaf pan.
Top the batter with the remaining ¼ cup of chocolate chips and
Bake in a preheated oven of 320°F / 160°C for 30 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
If you find that the loaf is browning too quickly before it has baked, then cover lightly with foil. Create a dome with the foil over the loaf pan to avoid it sticking to the batter.
Remove from the oven and leave in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a plate and cut into slices to serve.
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