Chocolate Chip Banana Cake #SundaySupper

Banana cake

This week Sunday Supper celebrates Grandparents Day! You’re invited to join in the fun!

Whether you have fond memories of cooking or baking with your grandparents or making memories in the kitchen with your grandchildren, I’d love to hear from you!

I’ve been blessed with both.

My Grammy was my rock. She was my buffer when my Mom and I got into it. You know how teens can be!
“Don’t worry, she’ll come around to our way of thinking,” she’d say with a wink.
So true.  I wish I’d have had half her of her confidence.
Strangers saw a sweet, little old woman clad in a colorful cotton dress and apron. White hair combed back and bobby-pinned. Always smiling. The proverbial twinkle in her eye. That’s Gram and me on my first birthday and how I remember her most. I still have that cutting board with the teapot on it that was hanging on her wall.


She was all that but so much more. My Grammy survived the Great Depression, raised 10 kids and helped us 17 grandkids. She could cook anything from soups to chickens in those old enamel coated 4-gallon pots. If an army stopped by, she was ready to feed them!
Grammy always seemed to wear the same aprons and use the same old towels for potholders. Every Christmas I would buy her a new apron or set of tea towels. She smile and thank me but I never seemed to remember ever seeing them in use.
When Gram passed, we found an entire metal cabinet full of unopened packages of aprons, tea towels, potholders and flannel nighties. I guess we all wanted better for her. In typical Grammy style she lived by, “Less is more”.
I strive to be like her. I hope someday my granddaughter and grandson look back at me as fondly.

So today I want to share one of my favorite cakes from Grammy’s recipes.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake!

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake


Chocolate Chip Banana Cake turns those mushy over-ripe bananas into a moist, delicious dessert! Enjoy the nutritional benefits of bananas as a bonus. Believe it or not but ripe and over ripened bananas are higher in antioxidants and easier to digest than their less ripe cousins.

I had an uncle that lived with my grandmother. My uncle was sickly and had extreme digestion problems. He ate an overly ripe banana with a spoon every day. That was back in the 1970’s when doctor’s advised their patients to eat better to feel better.

I do love bananas in cream pies, breads, Bananas Foster Banana cake is great by itself too. I like it plain or with a handful of chocolate chips thrown in. Of course walnuts work too!


Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Yield: 9 to 18 servings


  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup eggs (2 small)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add shortening, bananas and half the milk. Beat 2 minutes. Add egg and rest of milk.. Beat for about 3 minutes until smooth and aerated for a lighter cake.
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Pour into an 8x8-inch greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (approximately 40 minutes)
  • Cool completely in pan on wire rack before removing.


The more air in the batter produces a lighter cake. Cool completely before cutting.

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32 Responses to Chocolate Chip Banana Cake #SundaySupper

  1. I am loving this theme and enjoying, so much, all the memories being shared. Grandma’s are definitely God’s gift to children. I am also loving that airy banana cake studded with chocolate chips.
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  2. Liz says:

    What wonderful memories of your Grammy! And your cake looks divine!!! Perfect for the over-ripe bananas in my freezer.

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  5. I love that you shared some pictures with us Cindy! Sounds like you have some fabulous memories of your Gram. Including this deliciousness.
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  7. Stacy says:

    I can see the twinkle in her eyes and I’m pretty sure you have the same one, Cindy. What a wonderful cake and a great tribute to a special lady!
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  9. Cindy, your grammy sounds like an amazing woman! I think you resemble her :) I love this comforting cake recipe! I’m a banana lover :)
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  13. patsy says:

    Grandmas always seem to be the one to understand us better than our parents! I think the same goes with our kids… this recipe looks positively delicious!
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  14. What wonderful memories! This cake sounds like perfect comfort food!
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  15. Awww… Such a wonderful story about your Grammy! What an amazing women! I can’t wait to try this Chocolate Chip Banana Cake!
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  17. I love the photos of her, and the bread looks delicious!
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  18. Cynthia L says:

    What a wonderful story and such a great recipe. I think Grandmothers are supposed to be the buffers. Love the photos too.
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  19. I had no idea ripe bananas are better for you. I love learning things from my blog friends! My Granny was always ready to feed a bunch of people too. Everyone would have loved this cake for sure!
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  21. Thanks for sharing the wonderful memories and this tasty looking banana cake – I love the choc chips in there!
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  22. Well this is better than banana bread! Looks incredible.
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