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Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Crystallised Ginger

October 19, 2009
Banana Bread Slice
Doesn’t everyone just love a thick slice of banana bread?
And coupled with a glass of cold milk or a dollop of whipped cream, it makes for an offer that is hard to turn down.

But what if it has crystallised ginger and a good handful of chocolate chips thrown in? Yes. Just as I thought – you will sit up, take notice, and quickly bookmark this recipe.

Or you won’t. Crystallised ginger in banana bread? Uh, no way!

Chocolate chips + Candied Ginger
I would have been one of the folks in the second category if I were to try the recipe 6 months ago. Worse still, I’d skip the candied ginger all together (I didn’t know how easy it is to make!). But luckily for me, I not only made some really awesome crystallised ginger, but  also had a delicious gingerale concentrate in the process. Just as soon as I began relishing candied ginger, I went back to the banana bread recipe in Molly Weizenberg’s book, A Homemade Life. Here, she extolled the goodness of banana bread with crystallised ginger and chocolate chips and said that, “the flavours of banana and chocolate get along so well, and the ginger makes it even better, cutting through its richness with its spicy heat.” I knew I had to make it.
Like most recipes that call for banana, this one too requires ripe bananas. But, I’m not a huge fan of a strong banana-ey fragrance in the bread and neither do I fancy using bananas that are dark, black, spotted and ugly. I always use bananas that are ready to be eaten. Also, once this is baked, you will be tempted to eat this straight out of the oven, but hang on, the banana bread tastes a lot better the next day.  Just let the flavours play together overnight – you will taste the difference, I promise! Oh, and the best part is finding the pockets of melted chocolate as you take one bite after another.
Banana Bread Loaf

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Crystallised Ginger
Yield: 1 large loaf that serves 8
Adapted From: A Homemade Life

6 tbsp / 3 oz. / 90g. butter
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4th cup sugar
3/4th tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt (skip this if you’re using salted butter, like me)
3/4th cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3rd – ½ cup crystallised ginger – chopped finely or into strips for a more recognisable bite.
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups mashed bananas (approx 3 large bananas)
1/4th cup yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with butter or cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave or atop a double boiler. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips and crystallised ginger. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a fork and add the mashed bananas, yoghurt, melted butter, and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and gently fold in the batter with a silicone spatula, incorporating all the dry ingredients until it looks like it has come together. It’s okay if it looks kinda lumpy.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Let the banana bread cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to the cooling rack.
  8. Cut yourself a slice, because you can hardly wait – and let the entire loaf cool completely.


  • Reply Mimi October 19, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Sounds so yummy. I always put chocolate chips in my banana muffins, but would never have thought of crystallized ginger. I can't wait to try this.

  • Reply Rachel October 19, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Yeah crystallized ginger does make me think twice..but you make it sound otherwise…too good to resist.

  • Reply Divya Kudua October 19, 2009 at 8:56 AM to try this out.Loved your pound cake and I will def try making the crystallized ginger and then this bread-cake:).And yeah,as always..the pics are too good and t-e-m-p-t-i-n-g!

  • Reply Divya Kudua October 19, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    and is that 3/4 cup sugar??:)

  • Reply pRiyA October 19, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    just the pictures are enough to floor me with a high…true food porn here.

  • Reply S. October 19, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Oh yum! I never thought of that combination before, but it sure sounds good!
    I'm definitely bookmarking this for the next time I make banana bread :O)

  • Reply The Purple Foodie October 19, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Thanks, Mimi – do give it a shot!

    Rachel: You're me, 6 months ago :D

    Divya: LOL this is what happens when I draft a post at 2 am! LOL Yep, it's cup not club :P

    Thanks, Priya!

    S: Thank you!!

  • Reply Mowie @ Mowielicious October 19, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Hon, that looks divine – could really do with some for breakfast now! =)

  • Reply Palidor October 19, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Yah, I LOVE a thick slice of banana bread! How interesting that you put crystallized ginger. I'm not that adventurous and have only used chocolate chips. I bet the ginger added such amazing flavor.

  • Reply sunita October 19, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    Is this my first time here? well, in that case, I'm loving the welcome with that warm banana bread :-)

  • Reply Tina October 19, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Wow great combination..Banana bread looks so soft and mothwatering clicks too…

  • Reply Barbara October 19, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    It really, really looks good…but I really, really don't like crystalized ginger. Will I be forgiven if I try this without? Or will I ruin the recipe?

  • Reply The Purple Foodie October 19, 2009 at 11:49 PM

    Oh mowie! Come over :D

    Palidor: Oh yes it did. Now I don't think I'm going to feel like leaving out ginger when I make banana bread for the next couple of time.

    Thanks, Tina!

    Barbara: Aww if you really, really don't like it then by all means leave it out. :)

    Sunita: I've just coughtup with you though all the tweeting action with Meeta and Deeba – looking forward to chatting up with you!

  • Reply Sam October 20, 2009 at 1:03 AM

    Mmm, banana, chocolate and ginger… Perfect combination. I have been enjoying your blog for a little while, and I thought you might enjoy mine, which is brand spanking new, and about bananas (sort of).

    Please enjoy and let me know what you think!

  • Reply Disha October 20, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    The bread looks awesome S! Since u know anythin banana repels me i will not eat this but i will make it for my sister now who will gobble it up!! :D N that candied ginger! Gonna make that soon!

  • Reply Nags October 20, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    i made some recently, minus the choc chips and the ginger. i'd defo try the choc chips in my next version but ginger and me, we aren't pals :)

  • Reply nandini October 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    pics look terrific… especially the first one!. Crystallised ginger sounds very tempting!.

  • Reply nandini October 20, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    pics look terrific!! especially the first one!. Crystallised ginger sure is tempting!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie October 20, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Sam: thank you.

    Nag – oh it's so good with chocolate chips!

    Disha: hah I know you won't eat this :P

    Thanks, Nandini!

  • Reply Jeanne October 21, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    OMG. I just got sent a link to this recipe and I have to try it. It looks sooo good and I love ginger and I have bananas at home that have to be baked with. It's fate. I'm definitely making this tonight! Thanks!

  • Reply stephchows October 21, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    oo I need to send this to my friend, she loves ginger!!

  • Reply hammeh October 21, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    Oh, wow. This sounds amazing! Definitely bookmarking this. :]

  • Reply Cate O'Malley October 21, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    I always toast my banana bread and put a little bit of butter on it. Love the idea of a dollop of whipped cream and the crystallized ginger in it – delish!

  • Reply Maria October 21, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    I loved that book! I want to try several of the recipes. Glad you liked this one!

  • Reply diva October 23, 2009 at 3:42 AM

    crystallized ginger? i love! gives it a bit of a christmassy dimension :) just what i need right now. this slice of cake, and a glass of milk before bedtime. would give me the sweetest of dreams tonight! x

  • Reply The Purple Foodie October 22, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    stepchows: and I guess your friend came back here. Jeanne? :)

    hammeh: thank you!

    Cate O'Malley: oh i love the sound of toasted banana bread. Never tried it.

    Jeanne: Let me know how you liked it!

    Maria: I know, there are so many I want to try!

  • Reply lisa @ dandysugar October 23, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    A great thick slice of banana bread is always delicious. I like the addition of crystallized ginger here too, it's a nice twist on the classic.

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  • Reply Varshini May 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Tried this out today, it tastes brilliant! Thank you so much. I can’t wait to try out the brownies now.

  • Reply Simran Namrata January 6, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    This recipe is fabulous! But I had to tweak it because of my skeptic audience by using 2(heaped) teaspoons of ginger powder instead.
    I shared it on my blog too!

  • Reply Nirupama April 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Tried this recipe and it has come out real well. thank you.
    Had a few question though:
    1. The bread was initially moist but post an hour it became dry. Is it because of less butter/eggs? How to ensure that the bread remains moist
    2. I bake using a microwave. So as against 50-60 minutes mentioned by you in your recipe, the bread was ready within 20 mins. I tried baking it for 10 more mins just to get an even brown colour on top but bcoz of this, the upper layer of the bread became very hard and crisp. though the rest of the bread was soft. M not sure the reason for this.

    Can you help me with this?


    • Reply Shaheen April 30, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Hi Nirupama – I don’t use a microwave (don’t even own one!) so I can’t really help you with fixing this. Sorry!

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