Friday, September 24, 2021

Extra-Moist Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt, Chocolate Chips and Walnuts

Super soft and extra moist banana bread made using just ONE bowl
Loaded with chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts

This banana bread is all you could ever ask in a banana bread. And the one recipe you'll ever need when you have some leftover spotty brown bananas on the counter. 

It's super soft and extra moist. 

It's packed with chocolate chips and walnuts, but you can simply omit or replace with your favorite add-ins. 

It's simply made in a few minutes using just one bowl and a hand mixer (or fork/whisk also work just fine), so clean up couldn't be any easier. 

For this recipe I'm using four large bananas (usually just three are enough) for extra flavor and extra moisture. Make sure the bananas are ripe. You know, the softer they are the sweeter they taste. 

You can mash them using a fork, a potato ricer or simply, like you can see in my video below, with the hand mixer. 

Cut the banana in large chunks and place in the large bowl. Turn the mixer to low speed and your banana will be mashed in less than a minute. Note, you don't need to perfectly mesh them in a puree. Little piece of banana are just fine and add extra moisture to the bread at the end.

For this recipe I use brown sugar rather than regular sugar, which yield a softer crumb and adds extra flavor

AND, for a richer and extra moist texture, I use Greek yogurt in combination with vegetable oil. You can substitute the yogurt with the same amount of sour cream, and the vegetable oil with 4 ounces of butter (softened at room temperature) if you prefer. 

Banana Bread Recipe Baking Tips:

- Use extra ripe bananas, extra sweet and deep in flavor. If your banana are not ripe enough, place them in a brown bag for a day, and they will be ready!

- When the bananas are very ripe, you can simply add to the bowl with other ingredients and mash using your hand mixer.

- After adding the flour to the wet ingredients, don't overmix. And don't over bake ... moist is the key!

- You can finish the banana bread with half banana cut lengthwise. Or like I did this time, a handful of walnuts and chocolate chips and a sprinkle with brown sugar.

Ready to try it too?!?

Other Sweet Breakfast recipes you might like:

Chocolate-Almond Pull Apart Bread

Vanilla and Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake

Almond-Poppy Seeds Muffins

Printable Recipe Card: Super-Moist Banana Bread Made with Greek Yogurt

Extra-Moist Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

Extra-Moist Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt
Yield: about 8
Author: Manuela Mazzocco
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 60 MinTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Super moist and soft banana bread made with Greek yogurt, and loaded with chocolate chips and walnuts


  • 4 large ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup (150 gr) packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup (80 gr) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of add ins (I used half cup of chopped walnuts and half cup of chocolate chips), plus two tablespoons for the top


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Line a 9 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl add the bananas cut in large pieces and mash using a fork or your hand mixer like I did. You don't have to perfectly mash them, small pieces are totally ok in the batter.
  3. Add the sugar and beat some more.
  4. Beat in the eggs, oil, yogurt. and vanilla extract.
  5. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt in the bowl and mix until just combined. Don't overmix.
  6. Fold in your add-ins (nuts or chocolate chip in my case).
  7. Pour into the prepared pan. Top with a handful of walnuts and chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of brown sugar if you like (optional).
  8. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the middle part of your oven, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely, slice and enjoy.
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