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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

This chocolate chip banana bread recipe is an old family favorite that we have loved for years. This recipe is perfect, moist, and turns out every time.

Three slices of chocolate chip banana bread lying down in front of the loaf of chocolate chip banana bread.

This chocolate chip banana bread recipe is based on my grandmothers classic banana bread. It was one of her party or family get together staples and it’s amazing! I’ve made a few changes and love this current version I make.

Chocolate chips next to a brown and white egg next to three ripe bananas.

I like to use very ripe bananas when I make this chocolate chip banana bread recipe. Like in the picture above. You can use normally ripe bananas, but I don’t think they give as good of a texture or as much banana flavor to the bread. Check out this tip for ultra-fast banana ripening!

Sugar being poured over a stick of butter in a glass bowl.

This chocolate chip banana bread recipe starts by creaming a stick of butter and some sugar together. I actually prefer to use my handheld beaters for this recipe, or you could use a kitchen aid mixer with the whisk attachment.

Creamed butter and sugar in a glass bowl.

Imma need to hit the weight set more if I’m going to be able to cream butter and sugar together for 2 minutes by hand. HA. The picture above is what it should look like when properly creamed – light and fluffy!

Beaters mixing an egg into creamed butter and sugar.

Then you whisk in 2 eggs, these also need to be whisked for a hot minute. Can you imagine how toned my arms would be if I actually did this by hand? Maybe that should be my new fitness goal.

Creamed butter, sugar, and eggs for chocolate chip banana recipe. .

After the eggs are properly creamed together, it should be light and ultra smooth and fluffy like this pictures. Doesn’t it look just beautiful???

Ripe bananas in a bowl over creamed butter, sugar and eggs for chocolate chip banana recipe.

Now, this is a little different than grandma and most chocolate chip banana bread recipes. I actually think the bread bakes up better and has a better texture if the bananas aren’t mashed up.

I simply toss them in the batter and let the mixer do the work for me.

Wet ingredients mixed for chocolate chip banana bread recipe.

The end product looks like this – there are chunks but they bake up super smooth and the bread isn’t full of banana chunks. I would not be down for that. I’m not a chunk lover.

And that sounds weird.

It’s fine, you get me.

Dry ingredients being mixed into the wet for chocolate chip banana bread.

Then you just mix in the dry ingredients! Now – as with any cake, dessert bread, quick bread, etc. – DO NOT over mix at this stage!! Before, we were incorporating air into the batter by whipping the butter, sugar, and eggs.

Now that we are mixing the flour in, we don’t want to overmix and make the cake tough. So mix until everything is just combined.

Chocolate chips being folded into the batter for chocolate chip banana bread.

I like to fold the chocolate chips in by hand, that way I can give the bowl a good scrape and make sure it’s all combined. Also, don’t be like me and reserve a little flour to toss with your chocolate chips. That will keep them from sinking in the batter.

Close-up of a slice of chocolate chip banana bread.

It’s a pretty thick batter, but you can see in the pictures how mine fell a bit and there are more towards the bottom of the loaf than at the top.

Chocolate chips sprinkled over prepared pan with batter in it for chocolate chip banana bread.

Sprinkle the top with jumbo chips, and pop it into the oven! Your house is going to smell amazing.

You’re welcome.

And now you’re singing that song from Moana.

You’re double welcome.

Close-up of the loaf of chocolate chip banana bread.

Oh, and I also like to take mine out of the oven a taaaaaad bit early so the top is still gooey. I know, ew. But I love it! So your loaf will probably be more rounded on top if you let it bake properly 🙂

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Three slices of chocolate chip banana bread lying down in front of the loaf of chocolate chip banana bread.
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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This chocolate chip banana bread recipe is an old family favorite that we have loved for years. This recipe is perfect, moist, and turns out every time. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip banana bread, chocolate chip banana bread recipe
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 296 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas ripe
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips semi-sweet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. Cream butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. 

  3. Add 2 eggs and cream together again for 1-2 more minutes. 

  4. Add the vanilla and ripe bananas, whole, to the bowl. Mix until combined and the bananas are mixed in. 

  5. Add the dry ingredients, less 2 tablespoons, to the bowl and mix until just combined - do not overmix. 

  6. Toss the chocolate chips with the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter. 

  7. Pour into a greased loaf pan (see note) and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs on it. 

Recipe Notes

I use a standard size loaf pan - 9 in x 5 in. If you have 2 smaller pans, that is also fine. Just adjust the baking time by about 15 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 176mg 7%
Potassium 138mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 26g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 6.3%
Vitamin C 3.1%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Ellen
    February 19, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    I have now made this four times – absolutely best banana bread recipe!!! Thanks so very much! Love your posts and Instagram too!

    • Reply
      Alli
      February 19, 2018 at 5:17 PM

      Thank you so much, Mary!! I so appreciate you coming over from Instagram and giving this a rating. I’m glad you love the recipe!

  • Reply
    Alli
    January 29, 2018 at 4:34 AM

    I love a family favorite!

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