Best Mom in the World Banana Bread


I’m a lucky mom! My girls and I spend a lot of time laughing together! At 14 and 23, I think they may be laughing AT me more than with me…….but I don’t care, I just love hearing their laughter and our togetherness. They grow up so fast! Many days I wish I could just hit rewind and pause, keep them little, back to a time when they thought their mom was “all that” ! HA!!

Nothing says love in your belly like a favorite recipe. And this recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread has earned me the title of Best Mom in the World for several years now.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Pin It

I love that my youngest enjoys getting in the kitchen with me some times. And even more so if it’s to make something she loves and has been begging me to make. You see, my family would love if I made this banana bread every week!

As you see, she’s messy like her mom when she bakes (yes…TidyMom is a messy baker!)

The Best Banana Bread

I try and not hover, I let her do most of the work…….with her chipped green nail polish and all.

The Best Banana Bread

Freeze Bananas Tip

Today I want to urge you to spend time in the kitchen with your children, no matter what their age. I know you’re tired, I know it’s quicker to do it yourself, I know you work long days (many with out paycheck), but these are the days.  They wont last for ever.  They make messes, forget to do things, distract you, change your radio stations, can text a whole conversation faster than you can dial a phone number and talk to you nonstop…….but before you know it,  the house will go silent.  Take a breath, close your eyes, and enjoy the moment, the memories and the laughter!

Rules for Living with a Teenage Daughter

Mom & Daughter


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Summary: The cinnamon and chocolate chips are the surprise flavors in this family favorite banana quick bread!


  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3-4 mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • walnuts if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together sugar and butter, add eggs one at a time. Mix in milk, bananas and vanilla.
  3. Stir in dry ingredients. *do not over mix the batter. You don’t want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will give you tough, rubbery bread
  4. Pour into greased loaf pan.
  5. Bake until bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 60 mins for regular loaf pan, or 30 mins for mini loaves

more by Cheryl »

Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. It’s so nice that you all have such a good time together and enjoy cooking and baking together. I know that feeling of time flying and the years whizzing by, you are so right to be enjoying this time with your daughters it’s precious.

  2. I love chocolate chips in my banana bread! Thanks for another yummy recipe! Love those beautiful smiles!

  3. I love this post, Cheryl. Beautiful.

  4. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is my absolute favorite. Now, I just need to convince my husband, who prefers his the regular, old-fashioned way.

  5. This brought tears to my eyes, Cheryl and I needed to read this. I had an extremely frustrating day with my oldest yesterday and I need to remember, this too shall pass…and it will pass too quickly, at that!

  6. You two are too cute!! I love that you enjoy spending time together like you do. I hope that my son and I are always like that too!!

  7. SO TRUE Cheryl! It’s exactly my reality with my 13 & 10 yr old daughters! Time is just whizzing by at lightning speed. Time spent with them…especially laughing (usually AT me instead of with me, which is o.k. by me too) and creating in the kitchen is such an awesome bonding time! Great post!

  8. I wonder if your beautiful daughter is saying *MOM! Did you have to point out my chipped nail polish?!* LOL

    I love banana bread, it is so easy to whip up and it is such a quick and delicious snack (breakfast) for me.

    My Mom would make banana breads on a weekly basis and her *rule of thumb* for baking hers was that it was ready when the top split open. Her’s always did and they were always delicious.

  9. Y’all are just too cute!! How fun it is to laugh and share times like these with daughters, huh? I cannot WAIT to try this recipe out! It looks amazing! thank you for sharing it!
    Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor

  10. Such a sweet post, Cheryl! My husband and I both love to have Alice help in the kitchen with us. She’s really great too! She’s only 2 and a half and is already a MASTER crescent roll maker. The ones you unfold and roll from the cans, but still she’s got it down perfect! 🙂

  11. I have like ten comments…first of all, I would have NEVER thought you had older kids…just by looking at you, you looked like 10-12 year old having mom. Second, I LOVe letting the kids help cook. That was actually a big disagreement between my hubby and I. He DOES not like them in the kitchen. He’s afraid they will get burned or cut, ect…but I think it’s the only way to learn. Even if they do get a little hot lesson every once in a while. I really fought him on that.

    Banana bread is one of the best things mom did for us. It brings back find memories. And it’s reassuring to know that you are a messy baker too.

    Belle made our worst kitchen disaster to date. It was her job to turn on the mixer. She was suppossed to do one click. She turned it on full speed full of flour and cocoa. The poor boys were horrified (of course they were peering into the bowl) Great memories =)

  12. What great pics of your girls! It’s so great that you guys are so close.

    Of course that banana bread is pretty rock’n too!

  13. I love this recipe, and I too enjoy baking with and for my family. My 8 year old just loves to help make things in the kitchen!

  14. Banana bread looks so perfect…am sure must be delicious too

  15. BEAUTIFUL post Cheryl. My children are 10 years apart, 17 & 27 and I hold on tight to the one left at home because I know how incredibly quickly it goes after the 27-year old is living on her own and getting married this summer. My son still says “I have the best mom in the world” every time he bites into a cookie. I am truly blessed. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Love Chocolate Banana Bread! My husband is a bread loving crazed person! So this is prefect for us!

  17. I love spending time with my mom 🙂 This banana bread looks awesome. Will have to give it a try. Happy Monday!

  18. Yummy! I love chocolate chip banana bread! FYI….you don’t have to take the bananas out of their skin to freeze them. I put mine straight into my freezer skin and all and then when I am ready to use them, I just thaw them, then cut the tip off and squeeze the banana out. So easy!

  19. These do sound delish! I’m so trying this after my trip. Bookmarking now! Thanks.

  20. I certainly love my banana bread – I’ll be sure to try this out! It sounds fabulous!


  21. Sounds like lots of fun! The banana bread looks perfect!

  22. Cheryl,

    I love this post about your girls and spending time together. So sweet. I also really want to try your banana bread recipe! Thanks for the inspiration and great recipe.


  23. Love the photo of you and your daughter. So precious!

  24. One of my favorite foods of all time. It makes me think of a funny story from my childhood. I had a friend visiting one afternoon, and my mom asked her if she liked banana bread. My friend said yes, eagerly hoping my mom would have a batch ready to be sliced….But instead, my mom handed her two blackened bananas and said, “here, go make some!” It was hysterical!

  25. Yum!! I think my kids would love this!! Oh who am I kidding…I would LOVE this recipe! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  26. Banana bread is one of my favourites but chocolate chip banana bread… even better!

  27. Such a sweet post, and great advice, Cheryl. I always had my kids standing on chairs helping me bake. At 5 my son could crack an egg perfectly without getting any shells in the batter. Now, it’s the grandkids:)

  28. I just made your recipe this morning for the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread & raved about it on my blog. I just wanted you to know so if anyone makes a comment about it, you’ll know where it’s coming from. It’s truly delicious.

  29. I love banana bread with chocolate chips! My mother-in-law makes hers with maraschino cherries thrown in, and it is delish!

  30. I would love for you to join in on my Recipe Linky Party: Made it on Monday
    It is a weekly post on my blog. so you can join in at any time. 🙂

    I hope you will join us!

  31. Cheryl, that photo of you and your daughter is gorgeous!! You are both sooo pretty. This banana bread is worthy of Top Mom I am sure! xo

  32. I still haven’t found the perfect banana bread recipe, so I’ll definitely be trying this one. Thanks so much for sharing!

  33. Hi! I just made this bread, and it is delicious! A nice change from the regular with the cinnamon added in. Thanks for posting and sharing!

  34. I love banana bread! I also add cinnamon and chocolate chips to mine. Is there any other way to make it?

    I’d like to invite you to share this recipe on my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

  35. I love this post, Cheryl!!! I love what you said about enjoying the moment….I’m trying to do that…even when kiddo is driving me bonkers! 😉

    You guys are so gorgeous! The black & white pic is perfect!

  36. Yummy. I’m a sucker for banana bread and adding chocolate and cinnamon! I love it. Can’t wait to make a batch for myself- cause I probably am not going to want to share.


  37. I used to have a Chocolate Chip Granola Banana Bread recipe that was amazing. This sounds just as good so I’ll definitely be trying it out!

  38. I made your banana bread recipe this past weekend and It was by far the best I have tried …
    It was very moist and the flavor was Amazing !
    Loved it thanks for sharing .

  39. Found your blog through….From The Hearts Of! So glad I did it’s Fab!
    I am excited to follow it! And we are so going to try this recipe out it looks amazing!

  40. Pingback: Banana Chocolate Cupcakes | TidyMom

  41. Pingback: Caramel Banana Bread |

  42. Pingback: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda | TidyMom

  43. I just made this recipe and it is phenomenal! Thank you! 🙂

  44. I’m going to try this recipe today with my 2 year old son. He loves to cook with me!

  45. Pingback: Easy Valentines Day Dessert | Caramel Raspberry Banana Napoleon Recipe | TidyMom

  46. Pingback: 2 Energy-Boosting Sweets to Keep Your Mind & Spirit Up « hep-i-book'a

  47. Made this this morning- so quick and easy to prepare. The hardest part was waiting for it to finish baking so I could dig in 🙂 I also used parchment paper to line the loaf pan so it made for easy removal AND easy cleanup 🙂 Thank you so much for the delicious recipe!

  48. I am so inspired and grateful. I am home with my youngest daughter who is home from school sick (she is 6 1/2 – and I also have an 8 1/2 year old daughter who is at school) and I noticed we have overripe bananas, so did a search for “chocolate chip banana bread”. I really just wanted to plop her in front of a movie and take a nap or check emails/get things done (I also work from home running my own trademark law practice) so I was feeling frustrated at being the one who has to “do it all”. Your blog not only gave me a great recipe but gave me that moment to pause and appreciate this time with my daughter, knowing work and emails will still be there later but she will grow up and move on someday! Now is the time to be thankful I CAN be home with her today. We are digging into this recipe now. Together.

    Thank you for the reminder to pause, and bake together. 😉


  49. Pingback: Easy Banana Creme Brulee | TidyMom

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *