Chef John's Banana Bread


  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 3ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Coat a 9×4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.


  • Step 2

    Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a bowl.

  • Step 3

    Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add mashed bananas and beat until combined. Beat eggs into the butter mixture one at a time, fully blending each egg before adding the next. Stir vanilla extract and milk into the mixture.

  • Step 4

    Stir chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and flour mixture into banana mixture until just incorporated.

  • Step 5

    Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Tap pan on the counter to release any air pockets.

  • Step 6

    Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour 10 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

  • Step 7

    Let the bread rest in the pan for 15-20 minutes; remove from pan, slice, and serve.

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