Chocolate chip banana bread is a great way to use up your ripe bananas to make a moist, chocolate chip-loaded sweet bread your entire family will love!

Slices of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread against a white background.

Banana bread is a great recipe to make with your kids. Peel those bananas, throw them in a bowl and (using clean hands), let your kids get in there and mash the bananas themselves! They’ll love it.

A loaf of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on a wire rack.

I’m a huge proponent for making food that uses up some of the stuff I already have. If we don’t eat our bunch of bananas before they go too ripe, this or my banana choc chip muffins is my go-to recipe. If you’re looking for a chocolate chip-free banana bread recipe, check out my original, moist banana bread.

Ingredients

  • All purpose flour — No need to use bread flour for this recipe. Normal flour works great!
  • Baking soda — A leavening agent. Banana bread recipes are a soda bread (a bread using baking soda) instead of a yeasted bread dough.
  • Salt — This helps bring out the flavor
  • Brown sugar — Packed. I use light brown sugar but dark brown sugar would work well too!
  • Granulated sugar — The ratio of granulated sugar to brown sugar helps give us the perfect texture, bake and sweetness.
  • Unsalted butter — Melted. If you use salted butter, don’t add as much salt in the mixture. 
  • Bananas — About 3 ripe, mashed bananas.
  • Large eggs — Use the eggs at room temperature. This helps the ingredients mix together better and aids in baking.
  • Vanilla extract — As I say, a splash of vanilla makes everything better because it adds some warm flavor to the recipe! 
  • Plain Greek yogurt — Or sour cream. Using yogurt or sour cream will really up the moistness of the bread because you’re bringing in an ingredient with a higher fat content.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips — if you want, you can use a combination of semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips.
  • Mini chocolate chips — Using mini chocolate chips allows there to be a taste of chocolate in every single bite! Save some to use on top of the bread as well.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray (that contains flour). 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl whisk the brown sugar, sugar, and melted butter until combined, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the mashed bananas, eggs, vanilla, and Greek yogurt. 
  1. Using a rubber spatula or large spoon, stir in the dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips. 
  1. Spoon the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over top, if you want. 
  1. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the bread is getting too dark for your liking, you can cover the loaf with aluminum foil. I did this around the 50-minute mark. 
  2. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes. Turn the bread out and let it continue to cool. Slice the bread once completely cool.

Tools Used for This Recipe

Mixing bowls

Bread pan

Banana masher

Recipe Tips

Use a cooking spray that contains flour when spraying your bread pan. If you don’t have this kind of cooking spray i suggest you grease and flour the pan to ensure no bread sticks to the pan. 

Toss your chocolate chips in a teaspoon of flour to help them not sink to the bottom of the bread pan. Hence why I add the chocolate chips right after I’ve mixed the flour just 1 or 2 times. You want the chocolate chips lightly doused in the flour to help prevent them from sinking.

Leave a handful of chocolate chips to sprinkle on top before placing the pan in the oven.

Cover your bread with aluminum foil if it’s getting too dark too soon. The 50-minute mark is when I added aluminum foil to mine. 

Let the bread cool completely before cutting it. 

Store the bread in an airtight bag or container at room temperature for 4-5 days.

Personally, I think banana bread tastes better the following day!

FAQs

Can you freeze chocolate chip banana bread?

Yes! Make an extra loaf and let it cool completely before wrapping it in plastic wrap first, then wrap it with aluminum foil. It should keep in the freezer for 2-3 months. When ready to eat, remove from the freezer and let thaw overnight. In the morning, remove the wrapping and slice to eat.

Is chocolate chip banana bread healthy?

There are definitely some healthy aspects to this bread. Using bananas is a great way to bring in a healthy fruit into a sweet loaf. If you’re looking to make this loaf a bit healthier, use the Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. You can also swap out the granulated sugar for honey (of the same amount), however I haven’t tested that option, so if you try that, leave a comment and let me know how it works! 

Can I make chocolate chip banana bread into muffins?

Yes you can, although they won’t have the same texture as a muffin. To make things easier on you I have a perfect banana chocolate chip muffin recipe right here!

A loaf of sliced Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This chocolate chip loaded banana bread recipe is so moist! One of my favorite recipes to make when I have brown bananas on my counter.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar - packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - melted
  • 1 1/2 cups overly ripe bananas - mashed (about 3 medium/large bananas)
  • 2 large eggs - at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt - or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips - plus extra for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray (that contains flour). 
  • In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl whisk the brown sugar, sugar, and melted butter until combined, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the mashed bananas, eggs, vanilla, and Greek yogurt. 
  •  Using a rubber spatula or large spoon, stir in the dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips. 
  • Spoon the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips overtop, if you want. 
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the bread is getting too dark for your liking you can cover the loaf with aluminum foil. I did this around the 50 minute mark. 
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes. Turn the bread out and let it continue to cool. Slice the bread once completely cool. 

Nutrition

Calories: 458kcal (23%)Carbohydrates: 66g (22%)Protein: 7g (14%)Fat: 19g (29%)Saturated Fat: 11g (55%)Cholesterol: 79mg (26%)Sodium: 319mg (13%)Potassium: 302mg (9%)Fiber: 3g (12%)Sugar: 41g (46%)Vitamin A: 466IU (9%)Vitamin C: 4mg (5%)Calcium: 63mg (6%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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