Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

This is the perfect blend of flavors with our Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Moist banana bread combined with rich chocolate chips creates a heavenly treat that's both comforting and delicious. Whether enjoyed warm from the oven or toasted with a smear of butter, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Ya'll, this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is so delicious, that I have to make two loaves every time I make this. It's most often requested by my son and he loves eating it as soon as it comes out of the oven!

If you love bananas, be sure to check out my Banana Pudding recipe. It's another one of my sons favs!

Why Marci Loves This Recipe

  • Easy to make, all in one bowl!
  • Ingredients you probably already have on hand.
  • Uses up bananas you're probably getting ready to pitch.
  • You can use the same batter to make chocolate chip banana muffins.
  • Leaves your home smelling delicious!

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Ingredients Needed To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • ½ c salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ c chocolate chips

How To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 325°.

In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until smooth and creamy.

Next, add in eggs, milk, vanilla and bananas. Beat until combined and bananas have broken down.

To the bowl, add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix until incorporated.

Finally, add in the chocolate chips and stir until combined.

In a pre-greased bread ban, add the mixture and smooth out the top with a spatula.

Bake for 60-75 minutes until when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks for Making Perfect Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Follow these simple tips for making the best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:

Use ripe bananas: The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more flavorful your bread will be.
Mash the bananas well: Make sure to mash the bananas until they're smooth for a consistent texture in your bread.
Fold in the chocolate chips gently: Stir in the chocolate chips lightly to avoid overmixing the batter, which can make the bread tough.
Don't overbake: Bake the bread just until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few moist crumbs to ensure it stays moist and delicious.
Let it cool before slicing: Allow the bread to cool completely in the pan before slicing to prevent it from falling apart. 

 

FAQS


Can I use frozen bananas? Yes, you can! Thaw them first and then use as you would ripe bananas.

How should I store leftover banana bread? Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can I freeze banana bread? Yes, you can freeze banana bread! Wrap slices or the whole loaf tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before freezing. It will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

 

Variations

Here are some tasty variations to try with your Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:

  • Peanut Butter Swirl: Swirl creamy peanut butter into the batter before baking for a delicious twist on classic banana bread.
  • Nutty Delight: Add chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans for extra crunch and flavor.
  • Cinnamon Spice: Mix in a teaspoon of ground cinnamon for a warm and comforting flavor.
  • Tropical Twist: Stir in some shredded coconut and diced pineapple for a tropical flair.
  • Double Chocolate: Replace some of the chocolate chips with cocoa powder for an extra chocolatey treat.
  • Berry Blast: Fold in fresh or frozen berries like raspberries or blueberries for bursts of fruity goodness.
  • Espresso Infusion: Add a tablespoon of instant espresso powder to the batter for a subtle coffee flavor that complements the chocolate.

How to Store

To keep your banana bread fresh for longer, make sure to store it properly.

Let the bread cool completely before slicing or storing to prevent moisture from building up and making it soggy.
Store leftover bread in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to prevent air from getting in.
Keep at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
For longer storage, freeze your banana bread by wrapping slices or the whole loaf tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. It will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Serving Suggestions

  • Toast slices and spread with butter or cream cheese for a tasty breakfast or snack.
  • Heat slices in the microwave for a warm and comforting treat, perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
  • Use slices to make French toast for a decadent brunch dish.
  • Crumble some banana bread over yogurt or oatmeal for added flavor and texture.
  • Pair with a cup of hot coffee or tea for a cozy afternoon pick-me-up.
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