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Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

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Today I’ve got a slightly different take on your typical banana bread. My chocolate chip walnut banana bread is full of extra goodness with the walnuts and chocolate chips as well as some additional flavours like cinnamon and nutmeg. An easy bread to whip up for breakfast or snacks if you’re tired of your plain ol’ banana bread recipe!

I feel like banana bread should be a staple in every house as it’s so delicious but also versatile and reduces waste. You really can’t go wrong, and most kids love it! It makes for a great breakfast or snack and is easy to take with you on the go. This walnut banana bread is a great Christmas time snack with the addition of the warm spices!

One of my earliest baked good memories is eating my nan’s banana chocolate chip muffins. They were our favourite dessert to eat at our grandparents every weekend besides strawberries and ice cream, with freshly picked wild strawberries. Hard to beat that but her banana muffins definitely came close and we always looked forward to them. My chocolate chip walnut banana bread is similar but i changed up the ingredients so that they’re a much healthier snack!

For some more banana baking options, check out my chocolate chip banana bread which is a bit more simple, my funfetti banana bread, which makes amazing French toast or my chocolate almond banana muffins which are a gluten free muffin.

Overhead view of slices of chocolate chip walnut banana bread leaning against each other.

If you’re out of walnuts but still want a nut, pecans will also be delicious in this bread. Otherwise, I suggest just replacing the nuts with some more chocolate chips, extra chocolate chips is never going to be a bad idea!

When storing this chocolate chip walnut banana bread, follow these steps:

  1. Fully cool the bread, otherwise it can get gummy and soggy.
  2. Place a paper towel on the bottom of an airtight container or bag.
  3. Put the bread on top of the paper towel.
  4. Lay another paper towel on top of the bread.
  5. Seal and keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Slices of healthy chocolate chip walnut banana bread stacked on top of each other sitting on a tree trunk board.

If you want to freeze the bread, follow these steps:

  1. Fully cool the bread and then slice it into pieces at your desired thickness.
  2. Place a paper towel on the bottom of an airtight container or bag.
  3. Put the slices on top of the paper towel in a single layer. If you need to layer them, put a small square of paper towel between the layers.
  4. Seal and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  5. To eat, take amount you need out and let thaw at room temperature for 2 hours or heat in the microwave in 20 second increments. But be cautious if using the microwave when feeding children or toddlers, it can leave hot spots.

When baking healthier snacks, treats or breakfasts, I’m a big fan of using whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour, also known as white flour. There are many benefits to this including a higher concentration of minerals like copper, magnesium and iron. This is important for me personally as like many women, I’ve had issues with low iron in my life. 

There is also a larger source of B vitamins in whole wheat flour which provides energy. Whole wheat flour has a higher protein content as well as more fibre, both of which can keep you feeling full longer. Another great thing about whole wheat flour is it can add a little extra flavour bringing a hint of nuttiness to certain bakes.

The only cons of using whole wheat flour that I know of is sometimes it can make a recipe more dense, which is why I typically add more moisture to my recipes. In doing this, I generally don’t notice that I’m eating a whole wheat flour bread instead of a white flour bread.

The other downside is I know everybody doesn’t keep whole wheat flour on hand. Well, I never used to either and now I can’t imagine not having it in the house. I buy a large 10kg bag for the exact same price as an all purpose bag of flour and have never had it go bad on me. Having said this, I highly recommend keeping some on hand so you can make guilt free muffins, quick breads or whatever you want! Although, in saying this, if the recipe doesn’t call for it, I don’t recommend swapping whole wheat flour for white flour, they’re generally not a 1 to 1 substitute.

If you’d like more information on the nutritional benefits, head to https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/whole-grains/. There are lots of great sources of nutritional information on the Harvard website that is backed up by multiple sources.

Front view of slices of chocolate chip walnut banana bread leaning against each other.

So when it comes to measuring flour, the most accurate and easiest way is to use a kitchen scale. I always use a scale and could never go back to measuring in cups. It’s such a hassle and way more dishes!

If you don’t own a scale, there are a couple steps to properly measure flour as it becomes compacted just sitting in the bag or container. I highly recommend you follow these as just scooping flour out of the bag can potentially lead to at least an additional 1/4 cup of flour. This equals dry and dense baked goods which is not what anybody is going for.

1. Fluff the flour by giving it a mix with a whisk or fork.

2. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup.

3. Level the excess flour off using a butter knife. (With the back of the knife level to the top of the measuring cup, run it over top, pushing the excess flour back into it’s container.)

4. Repeat until you’ve measured the amount the recipe calls for.

  • Don’t overmix the batter! Fold the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. This ensures a tender crumb rather than a tight, dense bread.
  • For best results, use room temperature ingredients! They will mix together much easier creating a smoother, more well incorporated batter.
  • Whenever making any kind of baked good with banana, ensure the bananas are overripe, with brown spots or skin, or they won’t incorporate as well into your recipe. They also won’t bring as much flavour. If you don’t have any bananas at this stage of ripeness, often grocery stores will sell the overripe bananas for this purpose. This to me is a win win as it also helps reduce food waste!
  • If you don’t have walnuts, pecans would also be delicious! You could also just add extra chocolate chips.
  • I create my recipes based off weights so I recommend measuring by weights if you own a scale. It’s actually so much easier and makes for much less cleanup. I wish I had baked by weight from the beginning, I could never go back now.
Overhead view of slices of healthy chocolate chip walnut banana bread leaning against each other. More walnuts in the background.

Today’s song is one I have been obsessively listening to on the way to work lately and still can’t get enough of! It’s also CanCon and I’m all about that! Here’s End Of Me ft. Rivers Cuomo by Billy Talent. Happy baking!! **Disclaimer: Liv’s Little Muffins owns no rights to this song.

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A slice of chocolate chip walnut banana bread leaning against the loaf. More walnuts in the background.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

Olivia Daly
My chocolate chip walnut banana bread is full of extra goodness to mix up the banana bread game. Add in some cinnamon and nutmeg and you've got the ultimate banana bread that's perfect for breakfast or snacks.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 48 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups (300g) mashed overripe banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup (60g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup (60g) canola oil
  • 1/2 cup (110g) unsweetened oat milk (or any milk)
  • 1/2 cup (110g) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (55g) semi sweet chocolate chips (plus additional for topping if you want)
  • 1/2 cup (50g) chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350℉. Spray or line a 9×5 loaf pan.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your mashed bananas, or mash them right in the bowl. Whisk in the eggs and sugar until combined.
  • Then add in the oil, milk, Greek yogurt and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and with a spatula, fold until almost combined.
  • Add in the chocolate chips and walnuts and fold until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Top with chocolate chips if you want and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to fully cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months and enjoy!
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1slice
Servings10
Amount Per Serving
Calories281
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate38g
13%
Dietary Fiber5g
20%
Sugar12g
Total Fat13g
20%
Saturated Fat2g
10%
Trans Fat0.03g
Protein6g
12%
Cholesterol37mg
13%
Sodium217mg
10%
Potassium288mg
9%

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