My “Get It Down Pat” Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip and Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

My “Get It Down Pat” Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip and Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

It was time.

Over-ripe bananas

I took one look at these bananas above, and I knew it was time… to make banana bread.

There might have been a day when I’d just throw away over-ripe bananas. But since my husband died in 2014, I’ve adopted frugality, and I no longer can bear the wasting of food.

I’ve been using this banana bread recipe for about a year now, and I’ve been impressed by the ease and simplicity of it. When I decided to make it this last time, I had everything I needed, except the baking soda, which I normally would have had. I dropped my son off at his job (5 minutes from my home and very close to the supermarket), picked up the baking soda on the way home, and whipped up the batter in only a matter of minutes.

Now you can eliminate the chocolate chips and walnuts in this banana bread recipe if you’d like, but personally, I think those ingredients makes it just a little bit better and special.

You could also use a little baking powder, if you like a fluffier bread. If you decide to do that, I’d use a 1:1 ratio of a teaspoon of baking powder to a teaspoon of baking soda. I once tried using only baking powder, and in all honesty, it came out tasting a little to sour for my taste. So I definitely prefer this version with only baking soda. I had no issue with the bread’s height. It was moist and delicious, and Daniel (my adult son who is in his early 20s and still lives at home) definitely approved! (He’s my at-home taste tester.)

If you have some bananas — and it’s time — don’t hesitate to give this quick and easy recipe a try!

Get It Down Pat's Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

Get It Down Pat
The easiest banana bread you'll ever make!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack


  • 3 over-ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter salted
  • 1 1/2 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips mini
  • 1/8 cup walnuts chopped
  • Have a handful of chocolate chips and walnuts on hand to sprinkle on top of loaf.


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan (I used some olive oil).
  • Mix together bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Mix together flour and baking soda in a separate medium-sized bowl.
  • Add flour mixture to banana mixture until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Mix in salt.
  • Stir in mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
  • Pour batter into the greased loaf pan.
  • Sprinkle the top of the loaf with some extra chocolate chips and walnuts.
    Unbaked banana bread batter in loaf pan
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for approximately one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. (I baked my loaf for 55 minutes.)
  • Cool for about 15 minutes on a rack; then, carefully transfer the loaf to a platter or board.