How To Make Banana Bread With Chocolate Chips

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How to make banana bread with chocolate chips and other cool variations.

I love this recipe and make it all the time. It’s easy to make (with ordinary ingredients) and it’s really good! The batter, which can be whipped up in a few minutes, is poured into a greased 8×4-in. loaf pan to bake for about 40-45 minutes. This makes one loaf of yummy banana bread with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This is the BEST chocolate chip banana bread. It’s incredibly moist, full of bananas, and loaded with chocolate chips

* If you want tips, how-to’s and videos, be sure to read the whole post below.

If you’re on the hunt for the BEST chocolate chip banana bread…then look no further. This one is so incredibly moist, flavorful, and loaded with chocolate chips. Forget about any other chocolate chip banana bread recipe because this is all you’ll ever need!

lifting a slice of banana bread from a stack of slices

How to make the BEST chocolate chip banana bread

I know, we all hate the word moist but there’s just no other word that better describes this banana bread. It’s tough to even categorize this as “bread” because of how soft and lush it is. Especially with those mini chocolate chips sprinkled throughout.BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make this recipe, I essentially modified by pumpkin bread recipe because it’s just so good. If it can make life-changing pumpkin bread, why can’t it make life-changing chocolate chip banana bread? Hypothesis confirmed. It sure can.

There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your bread turns out perfect:

  1. MEASURE the bananas. I recommend about 3 medium bananas but you will still need to measure them out to make sure you have the right amount.
  2. If you come up a bit short with your measurement, top it off with some applesauce.
  3. Scoop and level your flour. By that I mean, spoon the flour into your measuring cup then level it off with a flat edge. This will ensure you don’t use too much.
  4. Fully cream together your butter and sugar. Really whisk together the two ingredients until you reach a thick paste-like consistency. You can either do this by hand or with a mixer.
  5. To get the chips on top, sprinkle on an extra handful before baking.
  6. Bake for 1 hour and check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. If the center is still wet, bake in 5 minute intervals until done.

So that’s that. These few simple tips will ensure your chocolate chip banana bread turns out soft and moist every time.

a slice of chocolate chip banana bread

The secret to super moist banana bread

The “secret” to getting moist chocolate chip banana bread is really just a couple simple ingredients. The main two being melted butter and Greek yogurt.

Using melted butter, as opposed to room temperature, helps to soaks up all the flour which gives you that smooth texture. The Greek yogurt adds even MORE moisture while still providing structure. It’s my secret ingredient in so many of my dessert recipes.

Another reason why Greek yogurt works so well here is because its flavor. Greek yogurt is slightly sour which helps to balance out the sweetness of the bananas, chocolate, and sugar.

It’s also very thick and contains less water than regular yogurt. This is the reason why I love baking with it so much, it provides tons of moisture without thinning the batter too much.

But if you don’t have Greek yogurt available near you, sour cream will also do the trick.

We can’t forget about the bananas. You have to add just enough to get that strong flavor but too much can turn your banana bread into banana pudding (trust me, it’s happened to me before). Getting the perfect balance of flour, butter, yogurt and banana is the key to getting deliciously moist chocolate chip banana bread.

EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD

Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a classic recipe that yields the best banana bread. And it’s loaded with chocolate chips to make this bread extra special. This recipe requires only 15 minutes of prep!

Three slices of banana bread on a wood cutting board

Banana bread is a classic bread that frequently makes an appearance in our house. Who doesn’t love the small of fresh bread from the oven? It’s a great choice for breakfast or snack. Add chocolate chips and you create a delectable sweet treat everyone loves. Mix together the ingredients in one bowl, bake and enjoy. It’s that easy!

making banana bread

HOW TO MAKE EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD

This recipes comes together easily. Be sure to follow the recipe as specified, including using both granulated sugar AND brown sugar. The brown sugar really enhances the flavor of the bread. Also ensure that your eggs are at room temperature and your butter is softened.

  • Step 1: Mash the bananas. Be sure to use overripe bananas. The bananas should be mostly brown to yield the best flavor. Mash until smooth. Do not leave chunks of bananas.
  • Step 2: Prepare the pan. Grease a 9×5 metal loaf pan and set aside. Use butter or a nonstick cooking spray to grease the sides.
  • Step 3: Make the batter. Cream together the butter and sugars. Then add the eggs, mashed bananas and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fold until just combined. Do not overmix the batter.
  • Step 4: Add the chocolate chips. Gently fold in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips until combined. After pouring the batter into the loaf pan, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 chips on top.
  • Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the bread is set and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is wonderfully moist and loaded with ripe bananas and melty morsels of chocolate chips. This banana chocolate chip bread is a real treat.

Chocolate Chip banana bread sliced on a plate studded with chocolate chips and bananas

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Classic Banana Bread is on the regular rotation at our house but when we’re craving chocolate, we make this Chocolate Banana Bread. It is the favorite of the children and we are quite smitten as well. Did I mention it’s EASY?

It’s hard to wait for this to cool so I wait until it’s just no longer hot! The aroma that lingers in your kitchen is incredible and your home will smell like Christmas morning. Pair a warm slice with a mug of coffee and your morning is made. This is an excellent breakfast bread but it also works as a dessert bread (because – the chocolate!)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe in Bread Loaf Pan

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Be sure eggs, butter and bananas are at room temperature. If using frozen ripe bananas (we often freeze our overripe bananas for later use), thaw bananas overnight then let them come to room temperature.

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with over-ripe bananas and chocolate chips

Keep Those Old Bananas!

Use very ripe bananas, i.e. mushy bananas. You can tell a mushy banana by the color of the peel – it should be browned or browning significantly and should feel soft when squeezed between your fingertips and will be very easy to mash with a fork. Mash bananas until they are a chunky applesauce consistency. Some texture is good in banana bread!

Mashing peeled overripe ripe bananas in a blue bowl

The Best Chocolate Chips for Baking?

We used semi-sweet chocolate chips since the bread was already plenty sweet with the overripe bananas and bit of sugar, but it really is based on preference. You can use milk chocolate for a sweeter bite or even bittersweet chocolate chips to cut down on the sweetness.

We used standard-sized baking chips but mini chocolate chips would also work. Use between 2/3 to 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips based on how sweet your like your bread.

Semi sweet chocolate chips for baking sprinkled over chocolate chip banana bread

How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:

You can use either a stand mixer, an electric hand mixer or even whisk this together by hand with a little extra effort.

  • Cream together softened butter and sugar in mixing bowl
  • Add 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • Mash bananas with a fork and add them to the bowl
  • Whisk together dry ingredients and add to batter
  • Fold in 3/4 of chocolate chips and transfer to the prepared bread pan
  • Sprinkle top with remaining 1/4 chocolate chips and bake

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