Food and Drinks

Ma’s Banana Bread + chia seeds

July 18, 2017

My Mom has been baking the same banana bread recipe for as long as I can remember. She was always baking and our house always smelled like chocolate or cinnamon or bananas. Our sense of smell can trigger past memories and emotions. So when I smell banana bread I think of quiet mornings with my Mom, eating breakfast together and sharing a pot of tea. I try to bake at least once a week because I remember how amazing it was to wake up in the morning or come home from school and smell fresh baked goodies waiting on the kitchen table.

I got her permission to share her recipe here with you all, plus I added in my own twist of course. She said she saw the recipe in a magazine years ago but the chocolate chips were her idea!

She always adds chocolate chips, which is delicious, but I wanted to make it my own so I  decided to add in some chia seeds instead, and it turned out SO good!

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5 from 3 votes

Ma's Banana Bread

A delicious, moist banana bread perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack with tea. Heat it up in the microwave for a few seconds and spread a bit of butter on a slice! Enjoy!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 loaves


  • 1 1/2 sticks softened butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 C sugar I like using raw sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 smashed very ripe bananas
  • 3 C flour
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds (or 9 oz semi sweet mini chocolate chips)


  1. Coat two loaf pans with cooking spray

    Beat softened butter, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. 

    Mix on medium-high for three minutes until fluffy.

    Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each just until blended. 

    Beat in bananas.

    Reduce speed to low and slowly add flour.

    Stir in chia seeds or chocolate chips.

    Pour into prepared pans.

    Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees, rotate pans, bake another 5-10 minutes longer.

    Cool in pans for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pans when completely cool. 

I couldn’t find my other loaf pan anywhere so I just used this small casserole dish for the second bread.banana bread

I wish you could smell this when I pulled it out of the oven! YUMbanana bread

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy this recipe. I would love to know how it turns out for you!

Do you have a family recipe that you love?

If you enjoyed this post, you should also check out:  Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins       Apple Banana Crumble Oatmeal 

Have a beautiful day!

New Momma Survival


  1. Funny how we don’t realize that our simple gestures are in fact creating lifetime memories. So glad you appreciated yours, and are now making your own for your family! P. S. I had an alterior motive for baking this one – I LOVE chocolate too::)

  2. Yum! My mouth is watering. My mom used to make a ton of banana bread and zucchini bread growing up. We never added chocolate chips so that sounds AMAZING. Thank you for the recipe…pinning for later 🙂

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