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FBB (Fatty’s Banana Bread) – Best Banana Bread Ever!

Hi Y’all!

What do you do when the bananas start going brown?

Apparently, not wipe the table. But that’s another story… what I do is whip up the BEST BANANA BREAD ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Aka Fatty’s Banana Bread (Fatty referring to the banana bread only of course). This is a recipe my dear friend Nina Viswanathan gave me over a decade ago. And believe me, Nina KNOWS her banana bread. It’s very easy to make!

Want to try it?


Gather these ingredients:

But wait, something’s missing! The most important ingredient.

I keep a bag of chocolate chips in my baking drawer but they sure weren’t here today when I looked. I need to find a better hiding spot. Luckily Trader Joe’s is 3 blocks from me so I threw Bea under my arm and strode down there.

3 over-ripe bananas
1 egg
1 stick butter (D’OH!)
1 c sugar
1.5 c flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/2 to 1 c chocolate chips

First: preheat oven to 350

(I can’t believe I took a picture of that!)

& lightly grease a loaf pan.

Melt butter.

Mash bananas in a medium to large bowl.

Don’t use a fork for this. Trust me.

Ahhh, that’s better.

Add melted butter & egg and combine well. I actually used a hand mixer but was unable to photograph it as my free hand was holding the bowl while batter splattered across my shirt.

Sift together flour, salt & baking soda, then slowly combine with wet ingredients. Full disclosure: I never sift together the dry ingredients – I just start adding things to the wet. I know it’s not the “right” way to do it but have you seen my sifter? Talk about a hand cramp.

Now add the chocolate chips. People: go for the full cup. You won’t regret it!

Oooooooooo just look at them…

Combine. And not with a spatula.

Pour batter into greased loaf pan.

Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.

Here it is from another angle in case you can’t get enough!

Thanks, Nina. This “bread” has brought so much joy to so many!

FBB (Fatty’s Banana Bread) – Best Banana Bread Ever!
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The most delicious, moist, chocolately banana bread in the world!
  • 3 over-ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter – melted
  • 1.5 c flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl.
  3. Add melted butter & egg. Combine. (By hand or with mixer.)
  4. Add sugar & mix.
  5. Combine dry ingredients (salt, baking soda & flour) and slowly add to wet ingredients while mixing.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour batter into buttered loaf pan & place in oven for 50-60 minutes. Top will get quite dark – stick a thin knife in. It should come out mostly clean.
  8. Yum!


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