Banana Bread with Bacon and Chocolate Chips Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

Banana bread is quick and easy to make, and a great way to use those bananas that are quickly browning in your fruit bowl. This is a basic banana bread recipe with bacon and chocolate chips thrown into the mix.


I added a couple teaspoons of the leftover grease from the bacon pan to get that smoky flavor into the batter. The combination is delicious, and the combined smells of bacon cooking and banana bread baking really can’t be beat.

Adapted from Bon Appetit


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
6 strips of bacon
2 tsp leftover bacon grease


  Photo: Emma Haberman

Photo: Emma Haberman

1, Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9" x 5" metal loaf pan. In a medium sized skillet, fry the bacon until golden brown. Let cool and crisp, then crumble into chocolate chip-sized pieces (you should have about 3/4 cup crumbled bacon). Combine bacon with chocolate chips in a small bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients in a medium bowl to blend.

2. In a large bowl, or your new friend KitchenAid, beat the butter and the bacon grease until fluffy. Gradually sift in sugar until blended. Beat in eggs, mashed bananas and vanilla extract. Beat in flour mixture and mix until well-blended. Spoon 1/3 of batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of chocolate chip-bacon mixture. Spoon 1/3 of batter over the chip layer. Sprinkle with remaining chip mixture, and cover with remaining batter. Run knife through batter in zigzag pattern.

3. Bake bread until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Flip out of pan onto rack and cool. Serve with plain yogurt and fresh fruit.