The Best Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Mama Taylor’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

The scent of a well-made banana bread always brings me back to my childhood kitchen days. Music, laughter, and cooking were staples of my childhood. Blasting Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song in the kitchen with my mom, Mama Taylor, as we danced, laughed so hard till we cried, and made her mouthwatering Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

What’s a better way to launch a recipe blog than with a banana bread recipe that brings back such warm feelings and memories with Mama Taylor? A recipe that has stood the test of time and is a staple in my home?

It’s not fancy (unless you consider chocolate chips and pecans fancy), but it still makes my mouth water just thinking about going back for another slice. Because it’s also a super moist banana bread.

All you need is 10 ingredients, which you’ll probably have around the house, and two optional ingredients to take the recipe up a notch.

Why this banana bread recipe works

  • This recipe is perfect for the overly ripe bananas, and deliciously pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee for breakfast, afternoon tea or makes a great snack during the day (especially for kids)!
  • It’s easy to make and doesn’t require a mixer. Just your ingredients, a teeny bit of elbow grease, and you’re ready to pop it in the oven.
  • It’s a pretty simple process so you can get your kids cooking. Like I’ve done with Lawrence (LTP), you and your kids can make this recipe together and build those memories they’ll take with them for a lifetime.

Because who wouldn’t want to have fond memories of baking with their parents?

So, this cooking momma and her chef apprentice son are gonna give you a quick and easy banana bread recipe to help you do just that.

But first …

A couple questions I normally get about this banana bread recipe

Can I leave out the pecans?

You sure can. I know some of us have nut allergies or just don’t like pecans. So, you can totally leave it out, and it won’t affect the consistency or the finished bread.

Can I turn this banana bread into a muffin?

Yes, you can turn this bread into muffins. In fact, they’d be perfect for breakfast muffins. You’ll need to reduce the oven time so you don’t overbake, but they should come out as moist, fluffy muffins when you’re through.

Why is your banana bread the best?

Cause Mama Taylor said so. OK, maybe not. But the combination of ingredients and the addition of the applesauce makes for a super moist but not too wet bread that’s delicious, just like Mama used to make it. Oh so, yeah, my banana bread is the best because she did it.
So, now that we’ve got that settled – because I am a food blogger pro …

Wash Your Hands, put on a wacky apron, and let’s get cooking!

Oh, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram at @leahtpimentel to show me how it went.

Makes: 1 Loaf Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 1 Hour & 15 Minutes


3-4 medium, overripe banana
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. applesauce
1 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Dash of ground cinnamon
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips + additional for topping
1/2 c. pecans + additional for topping

  • Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan by spraying with nonstick spray; set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Whisk in the sugar, egg, vanilla, apple sauce and vegetable oil.
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. The batter should be lumpy. You can use a stand or hand mixer (or get a little arm work-out by using a whisk!).
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans using a silicone or wood spatula.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan (make sure not to fill it more than halfway, as it will rise up). Top with chocolate chips and pecans. Bake for about 55-60 minutes (start checking with a toothpick at 55 minutes). You will know your bread is ready when just a few moist crumbs clinging onto the toothpick. DON’T OVER BAKE!
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.


  • Marta
    Posted November 4, 2020 5:59 pm 0Likes

    Don’t skimp on the pecans and chocolate chips here. This recipe was great without them (we have a nut allergy), but WITH them?? Shoooo! A must!

  • Robin
    Posted November 4, 2020 7:15 pm 0Likes

    Chocolate chips and pecans should be mandatory banana bread ingredients from now on. So good!

    • leah0471
      Posted November 13, 2020 1:42 am 0Likes

      I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for stopping by and I am so happy you enjoyed!

  • Tamara
    Posted November 5, 2020 2:00 pm 0Likes

    This is my absolute favorite! It brings back so many amazing childhood memories. Also- my house smells amazing!

    • leah0471
      Posted November 13, 2020 1:46 am 0Likes

      Thank you! Happy the recipe brought you joy!

  • Samiah Nicole
    Posted November 8, 2020 11:35 pm 0Likes

    Sooo good!! Will be making again!

    • leah0471
      Posted November 13, 2020 1:46 am 0Likes

      Great! It’s perfect on a cold day to warm you up!

  • Barry J.
    Posted November 9, 2020 4:51 am 0Likes

    I’ve gotten bored with my usual banana bread recipe and this was the perfect way to jazz it up. Served warm with a honey drizzle, this was perfect for breakfast and especially as a late night snack. Thanks for the recipe!

    • leah0471
      Posted November 13, 2020 1:47 am 0Likes

      What a great idea to add a drizzle of honey! I’ll have to try!

  • Capri
    Posted November 9, 2020 11:11 pm 0Likes

    Pecan, Chocolate Chip, and Banana is such a good combination! Thanks for the recipe!

    • leah0471
      Posted November 13, 2020 1:48 am 0Likes

      Thank you for visiting my website and trying the recipe!

  • Britney
    Posted November 10, 2020 1:01 am 0Likes

    Love love love this recipe! The applesauce really made this bread so moist and soft! I’ve been munching on this all week, it’s delicious!

  • Chenée Lewis
    Posted November 10, 2020 1:14 am 0Likes

    This banana bread is so moist! I love the chocolate chips and the addition of applesauce in the batter!! Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

  • Jazz
    Posted November 11, 2020 4:48 pm 0Likes

    I followed your tip to make this into banana chocolate chip pecan muffins and have enjoyed them for breakfast all week. Thank you!

  • Taneisha
    Posted November 11, 2020 5:22 pm 0Likes

    This banana bread is actually the BEST! I’ve never baked with applesauce, and that ingredient made it so moist! Thanks so much!

    • leah0471
      Posted November 13, 2020 1:49 am 0Likes

      The addition of applesauce is my favorite!

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    Posted November 12, 2020 6:53 pm 0Likes

    OMG Delicious! I loved the nuttiness of the pecans. Don’t forget the salt – about 1/4 tsp. I would definitely use all 4 bananas too. This was a pure mouthful of comfort.

    • leah0471
      Posted November 13, 2020 1:39 am 0Likes

      Thank you for joining the baking fun! Happy you enjoyed!

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    Posted November 12, 2020 9:11 pm 0Likes

    I love a good banana bread. This recipe resulted in a very tasty bread.

    • leah0471
      Posted November 13, 2020 1:50 am 0Likes

      Awesome! Come back soon, we’ll have more delicious recipes to share!

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