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The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

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posted: 02/02/19

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This is the best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe! This easy spin on classic banana bread together easily and is such a popular recipe in my house! It is moist, delicious, and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

chocolate chip banana bread sliced on a cutting board

So, this chocolate chip banana bread recipe is something I’ve had on my blog for a long time. And for some reason I had it in my head that my kids don’t really like banana bread. Don’t ask me why, because I legit have no idea what led me to believe that. Probably one gave me a dirty look one time when I suggested banana bread, and I was so deeply offended that I never made it again. Or something less immature and ridiculous.

But! I loooooooove banana bread. And I recently was posting pictures from this post on social media and decide that this post needed a photo update and a video. So I made a loaf. Actually, I made two loaves because I decided that the original recipe (which called for mini chocolate chips) didn’t photograph as well as the one with full chocolate chips. This was right in the middle of a Cold-a-gedon when we were all trapped in the house together.

My kids: YOU MADE BANANA BREAD?!?!?! CAN WE HAVE SOME?!?!?

Me: Huh? *head tilted like a confused Scooby Doo*

You guys. They like Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Like a lot.

READER REVIEW

“This chocolate chip banana bread was so delicious I went through all your steps and it turned out perfect my friends all loved it will definitely make again!” – Emily

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What makes this the Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • It comes together with just a few simple ingredients. I bet you have most of them already.
  • The prep time on this recipe is only 10 minutes. Which means that you can easily make this for a perfect afternoon snack for children who love banana bread.
  • This banana bread recipe uses yogurt, which keeps it absolutely moist and delicious.
  • You guys. It tastes like cake. CAKE.
front view of the best chocolate chip banana bread recipe on a cutting board

front view of easy chocolate chip banana bread recipe sliced on cutting board

Tips and Tricks for this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Measure your flour properly. This is key in all baking recipes. Make sure that you scoop the flour into the measuring cup and then level it off. If you scoop right from the flour container you will get too much and you will have a chocolate chip banana bread recipe fail.
  • Make sure that your melted butter has cooled. If you don’t do that, you run the risk of your eggs starting to cook when they get mixed with the hot butter. No one wants that.
  • Use baking soda that is still good. Baking soda needs to be switched out every six months or so. Test it by adding a little to some vinegar. It should bubble immediately, if not replace it.
  • If you want the top to have a really appealing look, throw a couple extra chocolate chips on before putting it in the oven.
  • Test the bread with a toothpick towards the end. Do not insert it directly in the middle of the bread, but slightly off to the side. You want the toothpick to come out clean. If you wait until the top comes out clean, you will risk the edges of the bread being dry. I would rather have a little bit of a gooey top (yummy) than dry sides (yucky). My oven requires 55 minutes for perfect bread.

FAQ

I don’t like yogurt, can I leave it out?

No, you can’t leave out the yogurt without throwing things off. You can, however, use sour cream instead. I’ve used both in this recipe and both work.

Can I turn this recipe into Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins?

You sure can! With a few little tweaks this recipe becomes amazing Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

over head view of slices of easy chocolate chip banana bread recipe

Other Spins on Banana Bread

Here are some other great banana bread recipes you will love!

If you try this recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think

chocolate chip banana bread sliced on a cutting board
4.98 from 46 votes

The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Serves: 10 slices
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
This is the best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe!  This chocolate chip banana bread comes together easily and is such a popular recipe in my house!  It is moist, delicious, and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed well (see note)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 TBSPS unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature and lightly whisked
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt room temperature (sour cream also works)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan well with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the bananas, cooled butter, eggs, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla. 
  • Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Be careful not to over mix
  • Stir in the chocolate chips until just combined.
  • Pour the bread batter into the prepared pan.  Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted slightly off center in the bread comes out with just a few crumbs.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack for 35 minutes before slicing and enjoying.

Notes

While you can ripen your bananas in the oven to make them more brown, please note that bananas get sweeter as they ripen. So fake ripening in the oven will make for a less sweet bread.
Calories: 384kcal (19%) Carbohydrates: 57g (19%) Protein: 6g (12%) Fat: 15g (23%) Saturated Fat: 9g (56%) Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 56mg (19%) Sodium: 229mg (10%) Potassium: 162mg (5%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 32g (36%) Vitamin A: 300IU (6%) Vitamin C: 5mg (6%) Calcium: 20mg (2%) Iron: 2mg (11%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

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  1. Nikki says

    Do I have to use unsalted butter or can I use salted?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I suggest using unsalted because then you can control the salt in the recipe. If you go with salted, leave out the salt. The flavor might be slightly different, but it will still be delicious.

  2. Alexis says

    5 stars
    Can i use ripe bananas that i froze and unthawed

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes!

  3. Ilse says

    I have made this recipe so many times, it’s a family favorite! I’ve only ever made it in tin baking pans, but I’d like to use disposable loaf pans so I can give them as Christmas gifts. What do you suggest on the cooking time? I’m assuming it might go faster??

  4. Lexi says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe its amazing and so easy and absolutely delicious!

  5. Robin Perini says

    I love love love your recipes! Everything you share is wonderful and I appreciate being able to subscribe to your website. The zucchini banana bread and a banana chocolate chip bread look great but do you have just a plain chocolate chip bread recipe, without bananas? I love chocolate chip muffins and would love to know how to make really good ones and I think you are probably the one who would have the best recipe. Thank you again! Happy new year!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Not yet! But I will add it to the list. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  6. Karla says

    I have a thing of vanilla bean Greek yogurt…do you think this will be ok?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! I’ve made my breads with Greek Yogurt and it works just fine.

  7. dave says

    can you sub buttermilk for the yogurt

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would not recommend that substation. You could use sour cream instead.

  8. Ronnie says

    4 stars
    Great recipe & yummy treat. Quick and easy with fantastic results. The banana bread lasts only hours before it is completely consumed by a family of 5.

  9. Michelle K Drozdibob says

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe. I have been making this for maybe past 6 mos or so. Very moist and delicate crumb. We really like it!

  10. Jenny goodall says

    5 stars
    Easy RECIPE, going back to baking after long time. Many thanks.

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