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The best banana bread with chocolate and nuts (video)

4 May 2019 | Last Updated: 21 February 2020

Delicious and super moist banana bread with milk chocolate and crunchy nuts, spiced with cinnamon and cardamom. It’s our favorite banana bread recipe! I love it especially when it’s still warm and you bite through pockets of melted chocolate and crunchy nuts, it’s amazing!

banana bread on a chopping board
banana bread with chocolate and nuts cut in half on a chopping board

Ingredients:

banana bread ingredients
  • The best bananas to use are ripe bananas that have brown spots but are not completely brown and overripe (but these can also be used, it’s just not my preference). You can also use bananas that are not very ripe but you need to increase the sugar amount – add about 1/4 cup to 1/2 more sugar.
  • You can omit the nuts.
  • You can omit the chocolate, theoretically, but the banana bread won’t be sweet enough. The sugar amount is adjusted to the recipe with sweet, milk chocolate.
  • I added light brown sugar instead of white, granulated sugar because I like its caramel flavor and it makes the banana bread even more moist.
  • Spices: you can omit the cardamom and nutmeg and just use cinnamon, but I really like my banana bread spiced with cardamom.
  • Banana slices on top of the cake: use them if you plan to eat your banana bread quickly. After a couple of hours, they become dark and unappetizing. You can also omit adding them.

How to make it step by step:

This is a complete recipe. Scroll down for printable recipe card. Notes regarding the ingredients are written above.

mashed bananas, chopped nuts, chocolate, melted butter

1. Prepare all the ingredients: Mash 4 medium bananas with a fork. Slice 1/2 banana.

2. Roughly chop pecans or walnuts (you should have 1/2 cup (1.8oz/50g)) and 4 oz/115g of milk chocolate. In a small pot melt 1 stick (4 oz/115g) butter, take it off the heat and let it cool.

flour and spices in a bowl, eggs and sugar in a metal bowl

3. In a small bowl, mix 2 1/4 cups of flour (280g/10oz), a pinch of salt, spices (1.5 ts cinnamon, 1/4 ts cardamom, a pinch of nutmeg), 2 ts of baking powder, and 1/2 ts of baking soda together. Set aside.

4. Place 2 large eggs and 3/4 cup of light brown sugar (5.3oz/150g) in a mixing bowl, whisk with a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on medium-high speed for 5 minutes until the mixture is pale, light and foamy. This step is important, it will make the bread super light and fluffy. You can see the consistency of properly mixed eggs with sugar on the video.

butter is being added to banana bread batter, flour is being added to batter

5. Add the mashed bananas and melted and cooled butter, mix until just combined.

6. Sieve the flour mixture into the batter.

batter is being stirred, adding chocolate and nuts to the batter

7. Stir in with a spatula, until partially combined. Don’t stir it until completely combined.

8. Add the chopped chocolate and walnuts, fold in, taking care, not to over mix the batter.

banana bread batter in a loaf pan, slices of banana on top of batter

9. Pour the batter into a 9×5 inch (23×13 cm) or 10×4.5 inch (25.5×11.5cm) loaf pan (should be buttered and lined with parchment paper).

10. Lay the banana slices (the reserved ½ banana) on top. Bake in an oven preheated to 325 °F / 160 °C / Gas Mark 3, no fan for 55 minutes, or until a cake tester/bamboo skewer comes out clean. It may run longer or shorter in your oven.

Storing and freezing tips:

  • Storage: in a tightly closed container or tightly wrapped in plastic foil for up to 3 days, it tastes great also on the next day!
  • Freezing: it freezes very well. Wrap in plastic foil and freeze. You can freeze a whole loaf or just slices. Defrost in the refrigerator then warm up in the oven at 325F/160C.

Why this recipe is amazing and well worth of your time:

  • this cake is very moist and you can easily eat in on its own, without spreading it with butter – the key to that is adding whole 4 bananas to the batter!
  • thanks to such a large amount of bananas you can add less sugar and butter, which makes this cake just a little healthier than a regular pound cake
  • thanks to mixing eggs with sugar it’s very light and fluffy instead of hard and dense, some recipes call for just mixing wet ingredients with dry ingredients (like making a muffins), but beating eggs and sugar really makes a difference to the texture of the cake!
  • with each bite, you are tasting rich and moist banana cake, pockets of melted chocolate and crunchy nuts
  • this cake is perfectly spiced – it doesn’t taste only of bananas, there’s cinnamon and just hints of cardamom and nutmeg, I hate underspiced banana bread! This bread won’t taste too spiced, though.

Another banana bread recipe from my blog: banana bread with blackberries and chocolate.

Banana bread chocolate and nuts

Delicious and super moist banana bread with milk chocolate and crunchy nuts, spiced with cinnamon and cardamom.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 385kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (5.3oz/150g) light brown sugar
  • 1 stick (4 oz/115g) butter
  • 4 bananas about 14oz/400g
  • 1/2 banana sliced, reserve for topping
  • 2 ¼ cups (10oz/280g) flour spoon and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom can be omitted
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg can be omitted
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 oz (115g) milk chocolate
  • ½ cup (50g) pecans/walnuts roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare all the ingredients: Mash 4 bananas with a fork. Roughly chop the nuts and chocolate. In a small pot melt the butter, take it off the heat and let it cool.
  • In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt, spices, baking powder, and baking soda together. Set aside.
  • Prepare a 9×5 inch loaf pan (23×13 cm) or 10×4.5 inch (25.5×11.5cm) by buttering it and lining it with parchment paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 °F / 160 °C / Gas Mark 3, no fan.
  • Place the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl, whisk with a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on medium-high speed for 5 minutes until the mixture is pale, light and foamy.
  • Add the mashed bananas and melted and cooled butter, mix until just combined.
  • Sieve the flour mixture into the batter, stir in with a spatula, until partially combined.
  • Add the chopped chocolate and walnuts, fold in, taking care, not to over mix the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Lay the banana slices (the reserved ½ banana) on top.
  • Bake for 55 minutes, or until a cake tester/bamboo skewer comes out clean. It may run longer or shorter in your oven.

Notes

  • The best bananas to use are ripe bananas that have brown spots but are not completely brown and overriped (but these can also be used, it’s just not my preference). You can also use bananas that are not very ripe but you need to increase the sugar amount – add about 1/4 cup to 1/2 more sugar.
  • You can omit the nuts.
  • You can omit the chocolate, theoretically, but the banana bread won’t be sweet enough. The sugar amount is adjusted to recipe with sweet, milk chocolate.
  • Spices: you can omit the cardamom and nutmeg and just use cinnamon, but I really like my banana bread spiced with cardamom.
  • Banana slices on top of the cake: use them if you plan to eat your banana bread quickly. After a couple of hours they become dark and unappetizing. You can also omit adding them.
  • How to store banana bread: in a tightly closed container or tightly wrapped in plastic foil for up to 3 days, it tastes great also on the next day!
  • How to freeze banana bread: it freezes very well. Wrap in plastic foil and freeze. You can freeze whole loaf or just slices. Defrost in the refrigerator then warm up in the oven at 325F/160C.
  • 1 cup is 240-250ml (it will work with both US and EU cups). The recipe is based on US measurements and 1 US cup of flour is 230g. Measure the flour correctly – it should be scooped into the measuring cup then leveled with a knife, not spooned with a spoon into the measuring cup (it would weight more – about 150g). For best results, it’s best to use a scale!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread with chocolate and walnuts, banana bread with nuts, cardamom banana bread, cinnamon banana bread

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