Recipe // Mom’s Banana Bread

After I shared her incredible Dark Chocolate Cookie & Peanut Butter Ice Cream recipe, Laney Schwartz, writer and creator of the adorably yummy food blog, Life is But a Dish and I have decided that not sharing more of her delicious recipes here would be a crime, so she’s agreed to be a regular contributor so you can enjoy them on a consistent basis. Today is Laney’s first full recipe, Mom’s Best Banana Bread. Enjoy!

I’m one of those lucky girls who happens to come from a long line of amazing cooks.

Banana Bread recipe

Between my mom, grandmothers, aunts, and close family friends, I’ve been set up for success in the kitchen. When I think of my mom in the kitchen, her banana bread always comes to my mind first.
It’s so her. It’s so good. It’s my mom’s best banana bread.

And there’s not even any butter! So it’s basically a health bread, right? This banana bread rules. I promise.

To me, banana bread just isn’t the same without the sweet addition of chocolate chips. It’s kind of like peanut butter and jelly. A peanut butter sandwich on its own is good, don’t get me wrong ~ but adding the jelly just makes your taste buds sing, Halleluuuuuujah!

I’m partial to the mini chips. They’re just so darn cute. And can we take a minute to discuss the sheer volume of mini chips that I have somehow INHALED during the baking process? I really should just buy two bags. One for the recipe, and one to eat while making the recipe. It’s embarrassing.

Okay, moving on.


I. Love. Bread. Like, pretty much any kind of bread. I’ll make an excuse to eat bread any time of day, all day, every day. I’ve come to make my mom’s banana bread my own. It’s light, fluffy, and just freaking delicious. Every time I eat it, I’m reminded of home. I can eat an entire loaf in one sitting.


Banana Bread recipe

And sometimes (all the time) I eat it too fast and I get this thing my sister and I call “bread throat” where it feels like you have WAY too much bread trying to go down the pipes at one time, and it hurts really, really bad! But oh man, it tastes so good, so you just keep going.

Banana Bread recipe

It’s just my fave. Period. The end.

Banana Bread recipe

Thanks mom!


3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ripe bananas (no more than 3 or the bread will be heavy)
3/4 – 1 cup chocolate chips (as few or as many as you like)


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the oil, sugar, and eggs until thoroughly combined and fluffy.
2) In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
3) In three additions, add the dry ingredients to the wet, being careful not to over-mix.
4) Add the milk, vanilla, and bananas and combine until just mixed. (I like to mash my bananas separately before adding to the batter. If you prefer to see banana chunks in your bread, then simply add the bananas directly).
5) Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Notes: This also makes great muffins. Just reduce baking time to 20-25 minutes.

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Hi, I'm Laney! Home cook, mom, wife, workout junkie, and ultra crazy food lover! Creator of Life is but a Dish - a space where you will get a sneak peek into my world which mainly consists of food, family, and friends. Join me on this wonderful journey called life, one dish at a time. Find me on Instagram at lifeisbutadish


  • Eden

    January 24, 2015 |

    This looks delicious! I love banana bread too and it never lasts long in my house. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Life is but a Dish

    January 24, 2015 |

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! Banana bread, or any kind of bread never lasts long in our house either 🙂

  • MA

    January 24, 2015 |

    Great recipe! It smells so good baking in the oven. 🙂

  • JoDi

    January 24, 2015 |

    Bread throat! Oh my goodness, it has a name now. I’ve had it happen too, and it hurts so bad. Thought I was the only one! LOL

  • DainteShop

    January 25, 2015 |

    I will absolutely give this recipe to my mom to try 😀 she is obsessed with making bread that’s why I think this will be a great thing for her :)) thanks sweetie !

  • Agoprime

    January 26, 2015 |


  • Melanie

    January 28, 2015 |

    My mom used to put choco chips in our banana bread too! Am going to try this with a GF substitution.

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