Everyone’s favorite quickbread gets a welcome glow-up (hello, healthy fats!) in this family favorite recipe for Olive Oil Banana Bread.

Olive Oil Banana Bread in parchment-lined bread pan

There are a hundreds of thousands of recipes for banana bread online, and for good reason: Banana bread is a 365 days-a-year breakfast, brunch and snacktime winner.

Child on chair holding a slice of banana bread up to his face

In our house, banana bread is on the weekly recipe rotation. We keep bananas stocked seven days a week, and the second they go brown, it’s one of dozen-plus recipe variations to the rescue.

Julian and Evan are so accustomed to their weekly loaf that they come running to claim the first slice, usually eyeing the one with the most visible chocolate chips or chunks, of course!

Various sized glass bowls containing halved bananas, flour mixture and eggs

The great thing about the star ingredient in this loaf is that it lends an incredible amount of moisture without an overpowering flavor, which is why Olive Oil Banana Bread is the newly minted favorite around here.

Olive oil being poured atop mashed bananas in glass bowl

The key to choosing the best olive oil for baking is to opt for a variety with a very neutral flavor that’s light and fruity, rather than peppery and intense. We want it to enhance the consistency of the bread without subtracting from the banana flavor.

Spatula stirring chocolate chunks quick bread batter

I am a firm believer that everything is better with chocolate, so while it is an optional add-in, I highly suggesting folding in a handful of chocolate chips or chunks.

Dog looking up at banana bread and bananas on countertop

Wiley (above) agrees, although he gets first dibs on the ends of the bananas while the boys vie for the chocolate chunks. And this is just one of the many reasons that Wiley and the boys are the ultimate dream team!

Easy Olive Oil Banana Bread with chocolate chunks in parchment paper-lined loaf pan

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Breakfast

Olive Oil Banana Bread

Bake up the best loaf with a tried and tested recipe for extra-moist Olive Oil Banana Bread studded with chocolate chunks.
5 from 1 vote
Olive Oil Banana Bread in parchment-lined bread pan
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped nuts

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch loaf pan with parchment paper leaving an overhang on the two longer sides. Grease the parchment paper with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder and salt. Set the mixture aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, eggs, olive oil and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips or chopped nuts then transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake the banana bread for 45 minutes then tent it loosely with foil and continue baking it an additional 10 to 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove the banana bread from the oven and set it aside to cool completely. Slice and serve.
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Nutrition

Calories: 421kcal, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 183mg, Potassium: 344mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 137IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 105mg, Iron: 2mg

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  1. Kelly,
    I have been cooking using your recipes for 6 years now. I look forward to the weekly email and the tasty dish that it will contain.

    This banana bread is THE best! I have made numerous others from you recipes, but this one is hands down our most favorite to date.

    1. WOW! Thank you so much for your continued readership, Victor! I’m so thrilled you’ve been enjoying Just a Taste and I’m thrilled you enjoyed this recipe so much. :)