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

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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.

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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

How to Make the best chocolate chip banana bread step by step visual instructions

The chocolate banana bread batter should be thick and have small lumps of banana.

What chocolate banana bread batter looks like poured into bread pan

It’s marvelous how the chocolate chips stay gooey and moist long after the bread comes out of the oven.

Sliced Banana Chocolate Chip Bread studded with chocolate

Refer: Cold Chocolate Snacking Cake | Guide to the Kitchen – Coral

More Banana Recipes to Explore:

  • Classic Banana Bread – loaded with nuts and raisins
  • Banana Muffins – the muffin version of this recipe
  • Banoffee Pie – layers of cream, bananas and caramel

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