This recipe for chocolate chip banana bread is quite possibly the best banana bread in the world. SERIOUSLY! It’s so easy to make in one bowl and is a super moist banana bread. A classic banana bread recipe that’s filled with decadent chocolate chips – yes, please! It’s the perfect brunch or dessert option and can be frozen for later use.

This is a pretty classic banana bread recipe, but when you add yummy chocolate chips to the mix, it gets EVEN better! You’ll end up with an amazingly delicious treat that your friends and family will love.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread sliced on a bread board with a glass of milk

Banana bread is one of my favorite foods ever. I could probably live off of it. Haha! That might be a little extreme, but seriously it’s just so good. I have a couple of healthier banana bread recipes you can find here. But this more traditional banana bread is officially my favorite recipe yet, and it will probably be the only one I’ll ever make again. Even Brad told me it’s the best one he’s ever had.

How Do You Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?

This chocolate chip banana bread recipe is similar to most other recipes in the banana bread genre with a generous amount of chocolate chips added to the mix, for extra deliciousness.

The butter and sugars get combined first, followed by the wet ingredients. Sift in the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated, but don’t over mix. Over mixing the batter can lead to a tough texture and can make your bread sink.

The final step is to fold in the chocolate chips. I give the chocolate chips a light coating of flour before I add them to the batter so that they won’t sink to the bottom of the loaf. I add about 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips over the top of my batter before it goes into the oven, and the end result is the most beautiful loaf of chocolate chip banana bread you’ve ever seen!

banana bread batter in a loaf pan and topped with chocolate chips

Tips

  • You can use semisweet, milk, or dark chocolate chips. You can also add up to 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the batter if you like.
  • Toss your chocolate chips in a bit of flour before you add them to the batter, that way they won’t sink to the bottom of the loaf.
  • I like to decorate the top of my bread with more chocolate chips. If you decide to go that route, you’ll need to wait for the bread to cool before you turn it out of the loaf pan so that the chocolate chips will have time to set up and won’t smear. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper or run a knife along the sides of the pan while the bread is still warm, and you shouldn’t have any trouble inverting the pan later.
  • After 35 minutes of baking, I suggest lightly covering the bread with foil, to avoid the top from getting too brown.

How Do You Know When Banana Bread Is Done?

The best way to tell if your banana bread is done baking, is to insert a skewer, butter knife or toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs on it, the bread is ready to come out of the oven.

top of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in loaf pan

Variations

While this bread is delicious as-is, you can add other ingredients to switch up the flavor profile.

  • Try adding chopped nuts of your choice. Pecans, almonds, or walnuts would all be tasty additions.
  • If you prefer spelt flour, white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour; those all work great as a substitute for the all-purpose flour.
  • Turn this quick bread recipe into a muffin recipe. Shorten the cook time down to 20-25 minutes.

Can Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Be Made Ahead Of Time?

This bread will keep covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can store the bread in the refrigerator for longer, up to 7 days. If you want to enjoy the refrigerated bread warm, you can heat it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds or in a toaster oven for a short time.

Can You Freeze Banana Bread?

This chocolate chip banana bread freezes beautifully! You can double the recipe to have a whole extra loaf to freeze, or freeze leftover slices of bread. You can tightly wrap the whole loaf in plastic wrap, then place in a resealable bag and freeze. Thaw your bread at room temperature when you’re ready to eat. The other option is to wrap up individual slices in plastic wrap and store them in a resealable bag. You can then thaw your slices at room temperature or microwave them for about 20-30 seconds. Banana bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. I like to go ahead and mark the bag with the “to eat by” date, so I don’t forget.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread sliced on a wire cooling rack

This chocolate chip banana bread is a favorite treat in our house – banana bread is such a classic recipe as-is, but this version takes it over the top with plenty of chocolate chips in the mix. And that could never be a bad thing!

More Bread Recipes You’ll Love

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slices of banana bread stacked on parchment paper
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread sliced on a bread board with a glass of milk
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5 from 10 votes
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 213mg9%
Potassium 178mg5%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 328IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:12 slices
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
 

This recipe for chocolate chip banana bread is quite possibly the best banana bread in the world. There, I said it! It's so easy too make in one bowl and is a moist loaf of the classic sweet bread that’s chock full of decadent chocolate chips. It’s the perfect brunch or dessert option and can be frozen for later use!

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch or 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer, combine butter and sugars. Add in mashed banana, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Sift in flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt. Mix until incorporated, but don’t over mix.

  2. Toss 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon flour. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.

  3. Pour mixture into loaf pan. Top with extra 1/4 cup chocolate chips for presentation. After 35 minutes, I suggest lightly covering bread with foil, to avoid the top from getting too brown. Bake for a total of 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for at least 10 minutes. Use a butter knife to loosen around the edges and carefully remove the bread from the pan. Cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Storage: This bread will keep covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can store the bread in the refrigerator for longer, up to 7 days. If you want to enjoy  the refrigerated bread warm, you can heat it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds or in a toaster oven for a short time.

Freezing: This chocolate chip banana bread freezes beautifully! You can double the recipe to have a whole extra loaf to freeze, or freeze leftover slices of bread. You can tightly wrap the whole loaf in plastic wrap, then place in a resealable bag and freeze. Thaw your bread at room temperature when you’re ready to eat. The other option is to wrap up individual slices in plastic wrap and store them in a resealable bag. You can then thaw your slices at room temperature or microwave them for about 20-30 seconds. Banana bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. I like to go ahead and mark the bag with the "to eat by" date, so I don't forget.

Recipe slightly adapted from All Recipes

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best banana bread, chocolate chip banana bread, easy banana bread

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