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One Banana Banana Bread

Karissa Parrish (Ginger Snap)
This One Banana Banana Bread is extremely flavorful, moist, and requires only one banana. Add in some mini chocolate chips to this one-bowl recipe and this quick bread will easily become a household favorite!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices


  • Bread Pan
  • Large Mixing Bowl


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your loaf pan with parchment paper and non-stick spray (see note below).
  • With a fork, mash the banana in a large mixing bowl. Add all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, and gently mix until combined with a wooden spoon.
  • Then fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and top with extra chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 45-50 minutes, using a toothpick to check for doneness (toothpick should come out clean to ensure that the bread is fully baked). Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Banana: Make sure you have a well-ripened banana. The riper it is, the more flavor it will extract. A dark and wrinkly banana is perfect!
Bread Pan: Line your 9x5-inch bread pan (you can also use an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch bread pan) with parchment paper and then non-stick spray. I like to create “handles” with my parchment paper that hangs slightly over the sides of the pan. This makes it extremely easy to remove the bread.
Mixing Bowl: All you'll need is one large mixing bowl. I use my wooden spoon to easily mix all of the ingredients together.
Banana Bread Batter: Be careful not to over-mix the batter. The more you mix the batter, the more gluten that is developing. That will result in a very dense bread, as opposed to moist and tender, which is what we want for banana bread.
Keyword banana bread, banana chocolate chip bread, quick bread