Banana Bread with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips

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It’s May 1st! By the end of this month, our little family will finally meet the bun I’ve been baking for the last 9 months. We will be a family of 4, and I will no longer be pregnant (and no more gestational diabetes- I hope)! It’s a big month for us and I’m trying my best to be mentally and physically prepared for this big change in our lives. But of course, being prepared means continuing to eat well and to feed my family. And so I hope to still update my blog as often as possible as we transition to introducing a new baby into our household during these next few months.

Speaking of baking, I needed to use up some ripe bananas this week and naturally I turned to banana bread. If you’re looking for a moist, soft, sweet, and full-of-banana-flavor banana bread recipe, give this one a try! I adapted it from Genius Kitchen’s Starbucks Banana Bread recipe. While the recipe itself was good, I made a few changes to make it even more moist and also more accessible to ingredients I had a home, i.e. using milk instead of buttermilk. The walnuts and chocolate chips are completely optional but it really does make the banana bread that much more exciting and enjoyable (especially if you’re feeding it to a toddler).

The thing I love about making banana bread is how easy it is to make and only requires a few bowls and a fork (no need to bring out the mixer). It does take longer to bake than most other baked goods such as cookies and most cakes, but at least in the hour it takes to bake, I can clean up the kitchen a bit and get myself a nice cup of coffee or tea ready to enjoy the warm, sweet bread!

These mixing bowls are wonderful to have for any baking enthusiasts. If you want to look into getting new mixing bowls or replacing current ones, I put a link to these bowls at the end of my post.
Chopped walnuts and some chocolate chips, makes almost any baked good even better =)

Banana Bread with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 1 Loaf


  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar loosely packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • 1 Tbs melted butter

  • 3-4 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts optional
  • 1 cup chocolate chips optional


  • Preheat oven to 325℉
  • Grease 9x3x5 pan
  • In a medium size bowl sift flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon powder, ginger powder.
  • In another bowl, mix eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, butter, milk, vanilla until well combined.
  • Add mashed bananas to wet mixture and mix well.
  • Add flour to banana mixture, gently mixed until just combined.
  • Gently fold in walnuts leaving about 1/3 cup for topping.
  • Pour into greased loaf pan and top with remaining walnuts.
  • Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

If you’re interested in these mixing bowls, click on the picture to purchase them on Amazon. Also available in red.

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