Easy Chocolate Chip Raspberry Banana Bread

Banana bread with chocolate chips and raspberries is a great way to use overripe bananas. Around my house, the optimum banana-ripeness window is very narrow. I usually purchase the greenest ones I can find, but sometimes they get left out on the counter for too long.

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Bananas at optimum Mitchell family ripeness.

No one will eat them once they ripen past a certain point.

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No time to make banana bread with your overripe bananas? Freeze them and save for later! These beauties are just thawing out.

That’s why I’m so thankful for a trusty banana bread recipe that was handed down to me from my dad. As a college student in southern California, he worked for a catering company. Apparently, their banana nut bread was quite popular. In my family, we usually omit the nuts and I have added in a few extra goodies to increase the appeal. Thus, the super moist Chocolate Chip Raspberry Banana Bread was born. Here you go, Fluxing Well family, my favorite easy banana bread recipe!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening (I use Butter Flavor Crisco)

1 cup sugar

2 eggs (well beaten)

3 large ripe bananas

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried raspberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two loaf pans. Mash the bananas and set aside. In a stand mixer, cream the shortening with the sugar. I don’t know what I’d do without my hefty, trusty KitchenAid Stand Mixer!

 

Add the beaten eggs and mashed bananas. Mix and set aside. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. (Some people might prefer to use a sifter, if they have one, but I don’t have one.) Add the dry ingredients to the mashed banana mixture and stir. Fold in the chocolate chips and dried raspberries. Pour into greased loaf pans and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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The loaf pans will be about half full.

A Note About the Dried Raspberries in Easy Banana Bread

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Dried raspberries are less messy to use for baking.

The reason I have dried raspberries on hand is because we have some raspberry bushes in our garden. They produce a good crop nearly every year, and in past years I tried to freeze all of the extra berries. However, my freezer space is limited. I used to stress out about this, because I didn’t want any of our berry crop to be wasted. I even wrote a blog post about avoiding berry buildup in the freezer. Then something amazing happened. I was given a wonderful Nesco Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator, and my freezer space problem was solved!

I still freeze berries, but now that I dry some of them before I freeze them, I can fit many more berries into my freezer. Hooray! I also dry a lot of other items from our garden. Some of my dehydrating experiments have been more popular than others. I wrote about the best ones in another blog post, in case you’re interested.

What About Using Frozen Berries?

Certainly, frozen berries may be used. I’m always trying to find ways to use frozen berries. Just bear in mind that frozen berries, especially frozen raspberries, are a bit messy to work with at times. Frozen berries would be a delicious addition to this recipe, though.

Variations

Easy Banana Bread is very versatile. Since we also grow blueberries, I’ve often thought of making blueberry banana bread with dried blueberries. I’ve also wondered about using white chocolate chips with the raspberries, since I like to eat white chocolate raspberry scones. There are many possibilities!

What Are Your Favorite Mix-Ins?

Thanks for taking the time to read through this recipe post. I hope you get the chance to try making Easy Banana Bread sometime, with or without my added mix-ins. What do you like to mix into your favorite recipes? I sometimes like to mix in (sneakily) extra vegetables with certain casseroles or soups, which I wrote about in my sneaky vegetable blog post. I’d love to know about any favorite mix-ins you like to add.

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12 thoughts on “Easy Chocolate Chip Raspberry Banana Bread”

  1. I love banana bread. I haven’t tried adding extra things like berries before. I will definitely try it!

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    • Nina,

      I love adding extra things. Some experiments turn out better than others, but I always have fun testing out new combinations. Thanks for reading and commenting on my post. Happy baking!

      Lisa

      Reply
  2. Yum. Love banana bread and love the new twist you put on it. I am never adventurous with my recipes but should be. Also love the food dehydrator used to do it all the time.

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    • Marna,

      What were your favorite things to dry in the dehydrator? I’m always looking for new ideas. Thanks for reading and commenting on my post. I wish you great success if you try to be adventurous with recipes!

      Lisa

      Reply
  3. We make it with oats and raisins. BUT this variation sounds very delicious too. I will try it. Thanks!

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    • Andrea,

      Mmmmm, oats and raisins sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing your favorite variation. If you try it with dried raspberries, I’d be interested to know what you think. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my post. Have a super day!

      Lisa

      Reply
  4. Looks delicious 😍 love the raspberry twist to your recipe!

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    • Jenn,

      I’m glad you think the raspberry twist is appealing. I have dried strawberries, too, and I might try those next. Thanks for your comment!

      Lisa

      Reply
  5. Sounds delicious. And that dehydrator is an interesting gadget.

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    • Marie,

      Yes, I am really enjoying the fruit I dried last summer, and I’m looking forward to using the dehydrator again when I have fresh produce to dry. I hope you get to try the recipe sometime. Thanks for your comment, and have a marvelous day!

      Lisa

      Reply
  6. Interesting combo Lisa. I would never have thought to add raspberries. Thanks for the tip about dehydration. I love that!

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    • Wendy,

      I decided to add raspberries mainly because I needed to find a way to use up the dried raspberries in my freezer, so it was kind of a happy accident! I’m glad you liked the tip about dehydration. It really has saved me a lot of freezer space. Thanks for commenting, and have a super week!

      Lisa

      Reply

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