When bananas get beyond their peak it is time to make banana bread! We like to add semisweet chocolate chips and replace sugar with Martin and Sons Maple Syrup.


½ cup butter, softened

½ cup Martin and Sons Maple Syrup

1½ cups mashed very ripe bananas

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1½ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour a loaf pan (9.25” x 5.25” x 2.75”).  In a large bowl mix butter and maple syrup until smooth.  Add mashed bananas, slightly beaten eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.  Mix.  Fold in ¾ cup chocolate chips then transfer to loaf pan.  Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top of the batter. 


Bake for 55-60 minutes.  Insert toothpick.  If it comes out clean then the bread is done.  Run a knife along the outside edge to separate from pan.  Remove and cool on a rack.

Note: The sweetness in the bread comes from the bananas and syrup.  You may adjust to your taste.  I love chocolate, but I think the bread would still be quite good with fewer chocolate chips. 

Banana bread
Banana bread made with Martin and Sons Maple Syrup.
Slices of banana bread with chocolate chips.