We Made Chrissy Teigen’s Viral Banana Bread Recipe. Here’s How It Compares. (2024)

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We Made Chrissy Teigen’s Viral Banana Bread Recipe. Here’s How It Compares. (1)

In the midst of testing a banana bread recipe for her second cookbook, Cravings: Hungry For More, Chrissy Teigen realized she was short on the sweet, speckled fruit. Her solution? Ask her followers for help. With one tweet, the model-turned-cookbook author sent the LA-area into a frenzy, with fans searching high and low for six brown bananas (no more, no less).

When we plotted our banana bread bake-off, we knew Twitter’s most famous banana bread had to be a part of it. Would a banana bread made with chocolate, coconut, and an unorthodox secret ingredient give it the top spot? I went into the kitchen to find out.

How to Make Chrissy Teigen’s Banana Bread

You’ll start by mashing bananas and mixing them with eggs and oil. Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, vanilla instant pudding mix, baking soda, and salt together in a separate mixing bowl. Pour the dry ingredients into the banana mixture and mix, by hand, until just combined. Fold in chunks of dark chocolate and unsweetened coconut flakes. Pour the batter into a buttered and floured Bundt pan (or two standard loaf pans, but Chrissy prefers the Bundt). Bake until the cake is richly browned and springs back when pressed.

My Honest Review of Chrissy Teigen’s Banana Bread

If you’re looking for a sweet banana cake to bring to a potluck or welcome a family to the neighborhood, this recipe is for you. (Yes, I said cake. Thechunks of dark chocolate and flaky unsweetened coconut push this recipe firmly into dessert territory.) I don’t normally like coconut in baked goods, but in this cake it adds an interesting texture and a subtle tropical flavor that I enjoyed.

A box of instant vanilla pudding mix is Chrissy’s secret ingredient, which gives the cake added structure and makes it more moist. There’s no escaping the hint of artificial vanilla flavor, but I found it nostalgic rather than off-putting.

What I didn’t like? Despite all the six-banana hype, this bread actually has one of the smaller proportions of banana than other breads tested when the ingredients are scaled similarly. And while it’s not unusual to add pudding mix to cakes and quick breads, it does make the recipe difficult to scale down. However, a banana bread twice the average size is in keeping with Chrissy’s over-the-top style.

I also thought the dark chocolate distracted from the sweet banana flavor and proved to be too much. And despite thoroughly buttering and flouring my Bunt pan, the melted chocolate stuck to the pan, tearing away a large proportion of the crust.

If You Make Chrissy Teigen’s Banana Bread

  1. Butter and flour the Bundt pan very well. A Bundt-baker’s best friends are butter and flour, because without them cakes stubbornly stick to the molded interior of the pan. Truth be told, every inch of my pan was covered with a thin coating of butter and flour, so I was surprised when a large section of the banana bread simply wouldn’t let go. The large chunks of chocolate and the chewy coconut were the culprit — their sugars melted and stuck to the pan.
  2. Omit the chocolate. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but leave the chocolate out. The bittersweet flavor of dark chocolate overwhelms the sweet tropical flavor of even the ripest bananas.
  3. Serve this banana bread for dessert. Sweet add-ins like chocolate chunks and flaky coconut place this firmly in dessert territory.

Overall rating: 6/10

Chrissy Teigen’s Bundt pan-baked banana bread is dolled up with chocolate and coconut and is super-moist, thanks to vanilla pudding mix. But let’s call this banana bread what it really is: banana cake.

Were you captivated enough by Chrissy’s brown banana Twitter search to try her Banana Bread? Tell us what you thought!

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We Made Chrissy Teigen’s Viral Banana Bread Recipe. Here’s How It Compares. (2024)


How many bananas are in Chrissy Teigen's banana bread? ›

The tldr; is that she needed 6 very ripe bananas to work on this recipe, but as you know you can not just buy overly ripe bananas at the store, so she went to Twitter and called on her followers.

Is it better to use bread flour or all purpose flour for banana bread? ›

I use all purpose (plain) flour for quick breads. Bread flour would be too chewy. There's no reason why you couldn't use pastry flour, cake flour, or self-rising flour to make banana bread, though cake flour may change the texture a bit. I'm not sure it would hold up to the moisture from all the fruit.

Why is there so much banana bread in Maui? ›

While the Great Depression may be behind us—at least the Depression of the 1930s—bakers across Maui continue to consider banana bread a must. “Banana bread was born of necessity,” the owner of Grandma's Coffee House (more below) says. “We had too many bananas, so we made bread.”

What does too much flour do to banana bread? ›

If you use too much flour, you'll end up with really dry banana bread, and If you don't use enough flour, your banana bread will be way too wet. The secret lies in how you measure the flour. The scoop out of the bag method could be packing way too much flour.

Can you put too much banana in banana bread? ›

Banana bread recipes typically ask you to use overripe bananas so that they're easier to mush. This means it's tempting to toss all your bananas into the mix when you're ready to bake, to avoid food waste. But if you add too much of the fruit into your batter, your bread could turn out mushy, heavy, and wet.

How long do you bake Chrissy Teigen banana bread? ›

Teigen says to bake for 55-60 minutes. After 55 minutes, my banana bread was definitely still batter. I went back to cleaning and working out watching Netflix, checking on my bread every 10-ish minutes. After nearly two hours, my banana bread was deep brown and ready.

Is bleached or unbleached flour better for banana bread? ›

Ultimately, the flour you choose to bake with is entirely up to you. Bleached and unbleached flours can both be used interchangeably in any recipe without a major discernable difference.

What is the healthiest flour for homemade bread? ›

The healthiest bread flour is 100% whole grain flour. Whole grain flour could be rye, barley, spelt, oat, or wheat flour - the key is that the flour is made from 100% whole grains. Whole grain breads provide essential nutrients that are lacking in bread made from white flour.

What is Hawaii banana? ›

There are over 140 varieties of banana found in Hawaiʻi. In ancient Hawaiʻi, it was kapu (forbidden) for women to eat most types of banana. Maiʻa was not cultivated on a large scale, but served many significant cultural and medicinal uses.

Why does banana bread have to sit overnight? ›

Cool completely on rack. Wrap and store at room temperature overnight before slicing. (We know it's hard to wait, but your bread will be more evenly moist and less crumbly if you let it sit overnight.)

Why does banana bread go bad so fast? ›

Once a loaf of banana bread is fully baked and taken out of the oven, it's crucial to allow it to fully cool. Banana bread retains heat, especially in the center of the loaf. If the loaf is still warm once it's wrapped for storage, condensation can form, which can lead to mold.

What happens when you add an extra egg to banana bread? ›

Adding more eggs makes for a spongy, less flavorful banana bread. Doubling the number of eggs I was using resulted in a spongy cake with a moist texture. While the banana flavor was present, it wasn't as prominent as it was in other loaves. This had more of a hint of flavor.

What are the black lines in banana bread? ›

Short Answer: The alkaline environment of a batter with baking soda results in discoloration of the pulp fibers. Short Answer: The alkaline environment of a batter with baking soda results in discoloration of the pulp fibers.

Why did my banana bread come out rubbery? ›

You Over-Mix the Batter

For soft and tender banana bread, gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry — don't overmix! The more you stir, the more gluten will develop. The result will be a tough, rubbery banana bread. Simply stir until moist, and then do no more.

How many bananas are in a bundle of bananas? ›

A single banana is called a finger. A grouping of attached "fingers" make up a "hand" of bananas. Multiple hands that grow in a cluster are called a bunch or stalk—a bunch of bananas may contain 3 to 20 hands!

What is the average number of bananas in a banana bunch? ›

In general, a typical bunch of bananas commonly found in grocery stores may contain anywhere from 8 to 14 individual bananas.

How many cups is 4 bananas? ›

4 bananas: 2-2/3 cups chopped | 2 cups mashed.

How many bananas is one serving? ›

Medium fresh fruit

A portion is 1 piece of fruit, such as 1 apple, banana, pear, orange or nectarine.

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