I've baked hundreds of loaves of banana bread over the years. And I've probably tried dozens of banana bread recipes. Some were too sweet, others too moist. Eventually, I combined bits and pieces from different versions to create my own. This easy banana bread recipe with chocolate chips and flax seeds is a great way to use up leftover bananas.
One of the great things about banana bread recipes (and quickbread recipes in general) is they're very forgiving. The recipe may call for three bananas, yet if you have two and a half and are skimpy with your flour, the loaf will taste just fine. The same goes for sugar. Not everyone wants a full cup of sugar per loaf. I've found it easy to cut it back to ¾ of a cup or even ½ cup without complaints from the kids.
Related: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe
Although my banana chocolate chip flax bread recipe calls for just 1 tablespoon of flax seeds, feel free to increase this to two. Don't, however, use ground flax unless you prefer to use it to replace the eggs. Ground flax and eggs make this recipe a little too eggy and mushy.
Easy Banana Chocolate Chip Flax Bread Recipe
- ½ cup of softened butter/margarine/veg oil
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ salt
- 1 tbsp. flax seeds
- ¾ cup mini dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cream butter and sugars together.
- Blend in eggs and mashed banana.
- Use a separate bowl to combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and flax seeds.
- Add to the banana mixture.
- Sprinkle in chocolate chips.
- Use a spatula to scrape into greased 9 x 5 loaf pan.
- Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
- Let cool in pan on baking rack for ten minutes.
- Remove and let cool completely before slicing.
Nutrition InformationYield 15 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 236Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 17mgSodium 172mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 2gSugar 17gProtein 3g
This banana chocolate chip flax bread recipe uses a combination of whole wheat and white flours. I find the combo recipes provide a slightly denser, more flavorful loaf. Plus you get the added goodness of whole grains.
Substitutions for Banana Bread Recipes
Not everyone likes flax seeds in their quick bread and muffins. And not everyone likes chocolate chips in their banana bread either (I don't know any of these people. But apparently they're out there.) If that's the case, don't worry. There are other substitutions that work just fine, such as:
- poppy seeds
- sunflower seeds
If you prefer to avoid butter, try substituting a generous ¼ cup of coconut oil, vegetable oil or unsweetened applesauce. Margarine also works.
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