Banana Bread is moist and full of flavor. The key to this moist banana bread recipe is to add crushed pineapple and applesauce. You’ll love this bread topped with chocolate chips.

The Best Banana Bread


Usually this bread has a reputation of being so dry that your mouth is begging for some milk. Not this version.

This has a few secret ingredients that make the bread so moist. Check it out. This is a family favorite and every time I make it, people beg for the recipe.

The Best Banana Bread

You can make this with all mashed bananas but the secret to really moist bread is to replace one cup of the bananas with some crushed pineapple and applesauce. Trust me!

The Best Banana Bread

Just like with other breads, this is even better the next day. The banana flavor soaks in and it gets even more moist.

I am not trying to set a record for saying moist the most amount of times and people who are freaked out by that word – I’m sorry!

The Best Banana Bread

In my opinion, the chocolate chips are not optional but you are welcome to leave them off if you want.


How do you know if a banana is ripe? A ripe banana is yellow with brown spots an is soft. The darker it gets the sweeter!


The Best Banana Bread - so moist and topped with chocolate chips.
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The Best Banana Bread

The Best Banana Bread is moist and full of flavor. This is not your ordinary Banana Bread and is topped with chocolate chips. The key to moist banana bread is to add crushed pineapple and applesauce. You'll love this, I promise.


  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4-6 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinammon
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 (11 ounce bag) milk chocolate chips (you may not need all of it)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 3 medium bread pans ( I like to use disposable foil pans - size 8"x4") with Baker's Joy or cooking spray.

  2. Cream butter, eggs, brown sugar, bananas, applesauce and crushed pineapple with a mixer. Add baking soda, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and flour. Mix well.
  3. Pour into bread pans and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the batter (remember you don't have to use all of them). Bake at 325 for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Do not overbake!

Recipe Notes

Source: My sister-in-law Laura Denney

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