This super easy banana bread recipe has a secret ingredient

© Photo courtesy of Bits and Bites Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

If you get the urge to bake but don’t feel like going through the laborious process of making a cake from scratch or whipping up other impressive but time consuming desserts, there is one tried and true baked good that is easy to make and satisfies your sweet tooth: banana bread. It only takes up one hour of your time and will make you happy all week long. This one channels an extra special nostalgic treat by using a key ingredient: chocolate chips.

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After everything is mixed together you should bake your cake for about 55 minutes. Once the bread is done, allow it to cool for 10 minutes inside the pan, then transfer it to the cooling rack, and viola, you’ve got banana bread that tastes almost as good as grandmas did. This dessert is the perfect opportunity to get rid of those bananas that have gone brown, as are more of our banana bread recipes for every day of the week.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Recipe courtesy of Bits and Bites


  • 1 yellow box cake mix
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, or another mix-in of choice


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease your 9×5 bread loaf pan. Set aside.

Step 2: In your large mixing bowl, whisk together your oil, sugar, and vanilla extract. Then, whisk in 1 egg at a time until fully mixed together.

Step 3: Fold in your mashed bananas and then slowly mix in your box cake mix. Pour about 1/3 of the mix at a time, making sure it all fully mixes together.

Step 4: Once fully mixed together, fold in 1 c. of your chocolate chips.

Step 5: Pour into your 9×5 bread loaf pan and top with the remaining 1/2 c. chocolate chips.

Step 6: Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until your bread passes the “toothpick check”

Step 7: Once baked, allow your bread to cool for 10 minutes inside the bread loaf pan. After 10 minutes, transfer to a cooling rack for another 15-20 minutes.

Step 8: Slice and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week after baking.

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