Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This easy Chocolate Banana Bread recipe is a super moist banana bread recipe with plenty of melty chocolate chips. Serve it as a breakfast, snack, or for school lunches! 

A piece of bread on a wooden table

Also try this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread or this Cranberry Eggnog Bread for other great breakfast bread ideas!

It took me years to make my first loaf of Banana Bread. Truth is, a friend used to make many at a time and always gave me one or two from her supply.

I was always so happy to get one from her so one day she asked why I didn’t just make moist chocolate chip banana bread myself.

At the time, I didn’t ‘do bread’, and this confession made her laugh uncontrollably. She showed me how very simple it was, and it was then that I laughed at myself as well.

It’s such an easy recipe with great flavor!

Since that day many years ago {when she handed me her recipe and stopped being my bread dealer} I regularly make this best chocolate chip banana bread recipe for my family.

Banana Bread is a nice break from the usual cereal that my kids eat before school. Plus, it makes a great afternoon snack too. It’s handy to have on hand.

As well, banana chocolate chip bread is a great use for those overripe bananas that we all have sitting in the freezer.

Pro Tip: Once you have many frozen bananas in that freezer, it’s time to batch bake some loaves. They freeze so well!

A piece of bread on a cutting board

Ingredients Required

As you’ll see, this amazing recipe uses simple ingredients to make the best banana bread ever. As always, the full recipe and printable recipe card is at the end of this post.

  • softened butter
  • granulated sugar
  • overripe bananas, mashed bananas
  • baking powder
  • large eggs
  • baking soda
  • cold water – the colder the better
  • all purpose flour
  • milk chocolate chips, or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Note: You will want completely BROWN bananas to make banana bread. The browner the bananas, the sweeter and more moist your banana bread will be. I place my over-ripe bananas in the freezer, so when thawed to make this recipe, the skin is black. YUM.


How to Make This Recipe

The first step is to cream the unsalted butter and white sugar together in a large bowl. If my butter hasn’t softened enough, I use the microwave in small increments so I have melted butter.

Add the mashed banana (mashed super ripe bananas) and the eggs to the mixing bowl, and mix together using a wooden spoon.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix thoroughly. Sometimes I add extra chocolate chips for good measure.

Pour into a greased loaf pan (sprayed with cooking spray) using a rubber spatula, and bake at 350F for 1 hour.

It might take a bit less or more depending on your oven. It’s done when an inserted fork comes out clean. For best results, remove the baked bread from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool.

Handy tip!

This is a great recipe for bulk baking. I like to bake many loaves at a time or in a day, and freeze for later use. These are great for school breakfasts or taking for school lunches.

food, sliced bread on a cutting board

Substitutions and Tips

  • If you omit the chocolate chips, it makes the best banana bread recipe
  • add chopped nuts if you’d like
  • Use whole wheat flour if you wish
  • Use coloured chocolate chips to for a special occasion or holiday
  • When this easy banana bread recipe is done, turn onto a cooling rack. It will continue to cook if it sits in the hot pan.
  • Add some vanilla extract if you wish, to give that warm flavour.

Storage

Wrap the entire loaf in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, or slice and wrap individually. Store at room temperature for up to 4 days

Can you Freeze This Recipe?

Yes, and they freeze so well. I like to wrap the entire loaf twice in aluminum foil. They are good for up to 3 months. If you don’t want to freeze the whole loaf of bread, you can cut the banana bread into slices. Then freeze the individual slices.

Alternatively, you could place batter into muffin tins and make individual banana muffins. Freeze in a ziplock or an airtight container for individual use, or send for school lunches.

When serving, allow the bread to come to room temperature. You can also put slices into the toaster to reheat.

More Banana Recipes

Have lots of overripe bananas to use up? Here are some recipes for brown bananas.

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A piece of bread on a cutting board

Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, chocolate being optional, don't have to change the recipe at all except for the addition of the chocolate. Easy, right?

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp Magic brand baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • *optional - 1 cup Baker's milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl
  2. Add the mashed bananas and the eggs, and mix together
  3. Add everything else and mix thoroughly
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350F for 1 hour or until an inserted fork comes out clean
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 3gSugar: 41gProtein: 8g

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59 Comments

  1. I love chocolate chip banana bread and make it quite often. In fact I have a freezer full of bananas right now that need used up!!

  2. Excited to try this recipe, looks delicious. I always make banana chocolate chip muffins but never the bread.

  3. I didn’t do bread either for the longest time. I was missing out on some good recipes. This looks super easy and tasty!

  4. I love making banana bread, you are right that it’s easy. I need to make more than 1 like you do though. Great idea!

  5. My son asked me this morning why I had never made banana bread and if I could make him some. This recipe looks yummy! I’ll try it with him this afternoon. Thanks, Caroline

  6. Yum! This looks delicious! For some reason my banana bread never turns out right so I’m gonna ask my mom to make it for me 🙂

  7. oh this looks so yummy. I’ve pinned it to my recipes board to try in the next week or two! Thank you for sharing such an easy tasty recipe!

    1. Thanks for the pin Darlene! It’s a great recipe, I need to make a few more loaves soon. My freezer is running low!

  8. Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it. My little guys will LOVE the chocolate chips!

  9. I will have to try this out! I had a favorite recipe years ago, but lost the book and the printed page. I’ve been looking for a good recipe since!

  10. chocolate and banana, wonderful and as my husband doesn’t like banana it would be all for me

  11. Baking and soul food are a must in the fall. Brisk cold air – nothing better than a pot of homemade stew and bread rolls. If girth is your enemy – abstain – and a cup of coffee and a slice of banana bread will do. Never thought of using green chocolate chips – but will tuck that away for St Patrick’s Day. One thing I have found most banana breads can be quite dense/dry. A little tip that I learnt – use 6 bananas will not alter recipe but will make the banana bread more moist and once it comes from the oven – brush the top with milk – lends to a moist topping with soft edges.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  12. Comfort food today – on this windy Monday morning. Ideal with a cup of coffee and an agenda to complete. Happy Monday – looks very delicious and moist.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  13. I knew I would find what I was looking for in your recipe box!! I have 4 frozen bananas that I would like to make something with. I was thinking banana bread but with a bit of a ‘kick’ to it…chocolate is the perfect pairing with bananas. Thank you!

  14. Yum!! This looks amazing, my whole family would love this. Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  15. My kids didn’t like bread until I added a few chocolate chips. Now they’re hooded on it

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