Chocolate chip caramel walnut banana bread is pure decadence! Why eat plain banana bread when you can dress it with chocolate chips, walnuts, and caramel sauce!?! So I decided to share this with you sooner rather than later because, well because this was SO good and it’s worth sharing right now!
It’s been too long since I last shared my banana bread recipe, and since then I’ve made some adjustments and changed the recipe a bit. And adding caramel sauce, chocolate chips and walnuts made it extra amazing!
Let me tell you about the people I bake for (a.k.a my family). For example for this banana bread, some wanted chocolate chips and walnuts but no caramel sauce, others wanted walnuts and caramel sauce without the chocolate chips, still others wanted all three together. And of course I’m such a good daughter/sister and I want to please everyone with my baking.
So I made two loaves and then ended up putting some caramel sauce on the one that had chocolate chips and walnuts as well. It is SO good! Very, very rich though so I’m not saying that you should make your banana bread like this all the time. But sometimes you just need a decadent dessert. The chocolate chips taste amazing with the banana, and caramel sauce always makes everything better. Personally I love the combination of chocolate and banana as you can see here. As for the walnuts, I always add them in banana bread because I’m pretty much nuts 4 nuts. That extra crunch makes it taste that much more amazing. You can totally leave them out if you don’t prefer them, I won’t judge.
As you can see, ever since I made homemade caramel sauce for the first time, I’m trying to incorporate it in everything. I LOVE caramel sauce, I can eat it with a spoon right out of the sauce pan. Talking from personal experience here.
Please, please give this banana bread a try! It is super moist and delicious!
Chocolate Chip Caramel Walnut Banana Bread
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda + a few drops of lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs (beaten)
1 tsp. vanilla
3 over ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup (or more if you prefer) chocolate chips
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup heavy cream, warmed slightly, either in a small saucepan or microwave
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking soda. Put a few drops of lemon juice over the baking soda and watch it fizz up. Sift all the dry ingredients into another bowl. Cream together the butter, oil, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs, vanilla, bananas, and cinnamon. Mix until combined. Fold in the dry ingredients into the wet. Blend the chopped walnuts and chocolate chips in the batter. Scrape into a greased loaf pan and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. You may find that you may need to lower your oven temperature after a while and/or cover your loaf with aluminum foil to prevent the top from burning and to let the inside bake thoroughly. While the banana bread is baking, make the caramel sauce. In a large non stick sauce pan combine the sugar and water, cook over medium low heat until the sugar dissolves without stirring ever! Just swirl the pan around. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat to medium high and let it bubble away until it turns a deep amber color, about 8 to 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to low at this point and add the warm heavy cream slowly. Be careful because it will bubble vigorously. Keep whisking until everything is combined and turn the heat off. Add the butter, salt and vanilla and whisk in until the butter melts. Set aside to cool completely. Once the banana bread has cooled, drizzle with your cooled caramel sauce.
Slice and enjoy!