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Banana Chocolate Chip Walnut Bread

This is a variation of our whole wheat quick bread base recipe. Packed with fresh fruit, toasted nuts, and sweet chocolate chips, this banana chocolate chip walnut bread is sure to satisfy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 slices


  • 1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • 3 very ripe medium bananas
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9x5 bread loaf pan with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, gently whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add chocolate chips and walnuts to flour mixture. Toss to evenly coat.
  • In a separate medium bowl, mash banana, then add buttermilk, brown sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  • Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture. Using a spatula, fold ingredients just until moistened. Do not overmix.
  • Pour batter into the prepared bread loaf pan. Bake 50-55 minutes or until slightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Enjoy!


*Substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour and ½ cup all purpose flour.
If your oven runs hot, check the bread for doneness after 45 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the middle of the loaf. If it comes out clean, it’s done! If it’s not done but the top of the loaf is getting too dark, loosely cover with a piece of foil and return to the oven.