Chocolate Banana Bread

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the bananas and eggs and stir with a fork just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Spread in the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto the rack to cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar before serving.