Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

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By Ollie Cartwright

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Sweet, ripe bananas combined with warm, gooey, semi-sweet dark chocolate make this the Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe ever!

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How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

A detailed recipe with full quantities can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C), grease loaf pan, and measure out all remaining ingredients. I recommend following the order of steps below for best results.

Can I Use Frozen Bananas?

Absolutely! This recipe is perfect for previously frozen bananas. I prefer whole, peeled…but you can also use frozen pureed bananas.

Banana Bread Recipe ingredients

Step 2: Peel your bananas and place them in a bowl (toss peels in compost bin or trash). Mash them until creamy smooth. Add the melted butter (or Crisco) and stir them until well combined.

Banana Bread Recipe mash and mix

Step 3: Add the egg, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt to your purred banana/butter. Stir again until well mixed.

Banana Bread Recipe add ingredients

Step 4: Add flour and stir until smooth. If your bananas were large and the mix is still quite runny, add another 1/8 -1/4 cup of flour.

Banana Bread Recipe flour 1

Step 5: Mix in your chocolate chips until evenly distributed. I prefer the large (giant) chips over smaller ones. Using smaller ones, I’ve found the chocolate flavour gets a bit lost.

Banana Bread Recipe chocolate chips 1

Step 6: Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Banana Bread Recipe pan 1

Step 7: Remove the loaf from the tin and allow it to cool completely (usually 2-3 hours). Cutting it while still hot doesn’t work well at all…it’s got to be cool to the touch. Slice and enjoy!

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Tweaks

You’ll love this bread as is…but if you’re looking for a few inspirational tweaks, we’ve got a few suggestions:

  • Nuts: Mix in a 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are great) for added crunch and flavor.
  • Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream: Incorporating 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt or sour cream will make your bread even more moist and tender.
  • Coconut Flakes: For a more tropical flavour, you can add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to your batter.
  • Sea Salt (on Top): Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of the batter before baking to enhance the overall flavor profile. Don’t go overboard with this or you can ruin the bread. Just a sprinkle will do.

Storage

Banana bread is perfect for freezing…and we’re pros at that!

Refrigerate: Properly stored (wrapped in foil and/or an airtight container), banana bread can last 7 to 10 days in the fridge.

Freeze: You can freeze banana bread for up to 4 months. This can be done as whole loaves, sliced banana bread leftovers, or as banana bread dough. Full instructions here.

Reheat: To thaw out banana bread, you’ll need to allow it plenty of time to defrost slowly. How you’ve frozen your banana bread will determine how long it takes – loaves might take a few hours, whereas a slice will take only twenty to thirty minutes.

FAQs

Can I Use Previously Frozen Bananas for this Dish?

Yes! This recipe is perfect for previously frozen bananas. I prefer whole, peeled…but you can also use frozen pureed bananas.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

5.0 from 2 votes
Course: SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

50

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

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Ingredients

  • 3 3 – Ripe Bananas (very ripe, brown even)

  • 1/2 cup 118.29 ml – Melted Butter (or Crisco butter flavored)

  • 1/2 cup 118.29 ml – Sugar

  • 1 medium 1 – Egg

  • 1 tsp 1 tsp – Vanilla Extract

  • 1 tsp 1 tsp – Baking Soda

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 tsp – Baking Powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 tsp – Salt

  • 1.5 cup 354.88 ml – Flour (All-Purpose)

  • 1 cup 236.59 ml – Dark Chocolate Chips (full size, not mini)

Directions

  • Prep & Measure
    Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C), grease loaf pan, and measure out all remaining ingredients.
  • Mash & Mix
    Peel bananas and place them in a bowl (toss peels in compost bin or trash). Mash until smooth. Add melted butter (or Crisco) and stir until well combined.
  • Add Ingredients
    Add egg, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir until well mixed.
  • Add & Mix Flour
    Add flour and stir until smooth.
  • Add Chocolate Chips
    Mix in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  • Bake
    Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool & Enjoy!
    Cool completely (usually 2-3 hours), slice, and enjoy!

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