Caramel Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This super simple and low effort banana bread is rich and satisfying without being too overwhelming.

When I’m feeling like I need a decadent dessert or an indulgent comfort food that will really bring me that richness and specialness I crave, this Caramel Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is the one recipe that gives me exactly what I need. It is not like your mama’s bake sale banana bread.

Don’t get me wrong – I L-O-V-E LOVE banana bread of ever variety. But something about this particular version feels more like a Nigella Lawson than a Jamie Oliver, if you know what I mean. It’s sweet and rich and delicious, and it is so gosh darn satisfying without feeling overwhelming.

chocolate chip caramel banana bread

I’ve had some banana breads that feel more like cake, and I’ve had others that really do feel like bread (shudder). But this one is exactly what a banana bread should be – crumbly and light, not too dense, but still moist and delicious.

You can use caramel sauce right out of a jar for this, or you can make your own if you want. Either way, you’re going to end up with a perfect banana bread you will absolutely LOVE.

All this said, this recipe is super easy, low effort and with minimal cleanup.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ – ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons caramel sauce

To begin, you’ll want to mash your bananas to your desired consistency. I personally like to leave them a bit chunky. It gives it that traditional “banana bread” flavor.

Then, in a large bowl, mix your bananas, baking soda, sugar, egg, vanilla and melted butter until evenly combined.

Stir in chocolate chips. You can use regular chocolate chips if you like, but I like the mini ones. You could also use chocolate chunks or shavings or even change up the specific type of chocolate.

Spray nonstick on a standard size loaf pan, and pour half your batter into it. I use a glass or ceramic pan most of the time, but metal is fine, too.

Drizzle 2 tablespoons caramel sauce over the top, and swirl with a knife to marble.

Repeat with the second half of batter and caramel.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Look for a really nice glossy brown top to your bread and that a knife or skewer stuck into the center comes out clean.

Remove from your loaf pan to let cool slightly. Serve while still warm.

I love the caramelized nooks and crannies on the top of the loaf. They’re shiny and sweet and chewier than the rest of the bread. The sides and bottom are a bit drier and have a smaller crumb, with an almost burnt toffee taste that I very much enjoy. And the inside is a moist, cakey texture with chunks of banana and chocolate spread throughout.

In a word, this loaf is perfect. It is not super sugary but gently sweet and rich. It hits all the taste buds and leaves you feeling absolutely satisfied in just one slice.

You can drizzle it with a bit of extra caramel sauce if you fancy it, or add a dollop of freshly whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or spread it with some butter. However you choose to serve it, it is delicious.

Caramel Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Caramel Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This super simple and low effort banana bread is rich and satisfying without being too overwhelming. With caramel sauce marbled throughout and mini chocolate chips sprinkled inside, the finished result is a quick bread that anyone will love any day of the week.

Ingredients

  • ● 3 ripe bananas
  • ● 1 tsp baking soda
  • ● ¾ cup sugar
  • ● 1 egg
  • ● 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ● ⅓ cup melted butter
  • ● 1 ½ cup flour
  • ● ⅓ - ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ● 4 tablespoons caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Mash bananas to desired consistency (I like to keep them a little chunky)
  2. Combine bananas, baking soda, sugar, egg, vanilla, and melted butter in a large bowl and mix until evenly blended.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Spray nonstick on a standard size loaf pan, and pour half your batter into it.
  5. Drizzle 2 tablespoons caramel sauce over the top, and swirl with a knife to marble.
  6. Repeat with second half of batter and caramel
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.
  8. Serve warm.




Notes

Serve with a drizzle of caramel, a scoop of ice cream, some whipped cream or even some butter.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be entirely accurate. Please do your own research if you are overly concerned about specific macros.

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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