Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe.
  2. Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.
  3. Here’s how to make this recipe.
  4. These pro tips will make this recipe a success.
  5. Frequently asked questions about this recipe.
  6. You'll love these other dessert recipes.
  7. Watch how to make this recipe.
  8. Have I convinced you to make this recipe?
  9. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

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It’s a simple, classic, ideal recipe for a baker of any level. This modern twist on banana bread provides a powerful banana flavor with melt-in-your-mouth moistness. Chocolate chips add even more lusciousness and deepen the flavor. It’s the only banana bread recipe you’ll ever need!

Why I love this recipe.

I didn’t realize I grew up with what some people feel is an inferior banana bread. Grandma Conrad always made banana bread (what we called a classic banana bread) and would give it to anyone who stopped by at her home. It wasn’t overly sweet and slightly drier because she loved to spread a layer of butter on each slice. For years, this is all I knew of as banana bread.

I now realize many are used to a sweeter and more moist version. I find both types equally good; it just depends on what you are used to. This recipe is a loaf that is both slightly sweet and moist, with plenty of bananas for maximum flavor. Chocolate chips are never a question for me, and they add that perfect finish.

Slice of chocolate chip banana bread resting on a plate with chunks of chocolate showing with cup of coffee to the side.

Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Bananas have more sugar content and become sweeter the riper they get. For the best, sweetest flavor, allow the bananas to get dark and spotted.
  • Light brown sugar adds additional flavor and helps pump up the moisture of the resulting bread.
  • Greek yogurt keeps the bread tender and moist.
  • Chocolate chips simply make us happy. Need I say more? All joking aside, the chocolate chips can be added or omitted based on personal preference.
White marble surface filed with ingredients needed to prepare chocolate chip banana bread including bananas and chocolate chips.

Here’s how to make this recipe.

  1. Prepare the batter. Using a stand or hand mixer, incorporate the butter and brown sugar. Once combined, mix in the eggs one at a time.
  1. Add the wet ingredients. Using a fork, roughly mash the bananas. Mix into the batter along with the Greek yogurt and vanilla extract.
  1. Mix in the dry ingredients. Add the flour to the batter. Add in the salt and baking soda. Mix until the flour is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  1. Bake the bread. Distribute the batter evenly into a 9×5 loaf pan. If a strong top crack is desired, run a knife lengthwise through the batter. Place the bread into a preheated 350°F oven for 60 to 65 minutes, or until a skewer or toothpick can be inserted and removed without any batter sticking. After baking, let cool for 10-15 in the pan. Remove from the pan and allow to cool fully before serving.

These pro tips will make this recipe a success.

  • Get an accurate measurement of the bananas. Mashing them and using a measuring cup before adding them to the batter will ensure the proper amount is used. This helps contribute to the correct amount of sweetness and moisture.
  • Be mindful when baking with flour. When measuring, don’t pack it into the measuring cup. Instead, gently sift it into the cup using a scoop. This gives you a proper measurement.
  • When it comes to mixing the dry ingredients into the batter, mix just until it’s incorporated. Overmixing can make the batter coarse and dry.
  • Use a parchment sling for easy removal once the bread is finished baking. Place a piece of parchment paper along the bottom and long sides of the pan. Metal clips can be used on the top edges to keep it in place. Once the bread has been baked, simply pull the ends up to remove from the pan.
Loaf of chocolate chip banana bread resting on wooden cutting board on white marble surface with white coffee cup.

Frequently asked questions about this recipe.

How ripe should bananas be for this recipe?

The more spotted and brown, the better. Bananas become sweet and develop more flavor as they ripen.

Do chocolate chips need to be used?

No, the chocolate chips can be omitted with no other changes.

Can a different-sized pan work for this recipe?

Yes, smaller pans for miniature loaves can be used. The baking time will need to be adjusted as they will take less time to bake.

How long does this keep after preparation?

Wrapped on the counter, the bread will stay fresh for three to four days. In the freezer, the bread will keep fresh for three months.

Slice of chocolate chip banana bread resting against the rest of a loaf of bread with slice in front.

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Loaf of chocolate chip banana bread on a wooden cutting board with slices cut.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

5 from 2 votes
It's a simple, classic, ideal recipe for a baker of any level. This modern twist on banana bread provides a powerful banana flavor with melt-in-your-mouth moistness. Chocolate chips add even more lusciousness and deepen the flavor. It's the only banana bread recipe you'll ever need!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 large bananas)
  • cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease one 9×5 loaf pan and set it aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Beat until it is creamed, 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until incorporated. Add the mashed banana, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Beat until incorporated and smooth.
    8 tbsp unsalted butter, ¾ cup light brown sugar, 2 large eggs, 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 large bananas), ⅓ cup Greek yogurt, 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pour in the flour, salt, and baking soda. Fold to combine until a few dry streaks of flour remain. Then add the chocolate chips and fold to finish incorporating.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan. To help create a center crack, if desired, run a knife down the middle of the batter, touching the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated 350°F oven until it is golden brown on top and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, 60-65 minutes. Once baked, remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool fully before slicing.

Notes

Get an accurate measurement of the bananas. Mashing them and using a measuring cup before adding them to the batter will ensure the proper amount is used. This helps contribute to the correct amount of sweetness and moisture.
Be mindful when baking with flour. When measuring, don’t pack it into the measuring cup. Instead, gently sift it into the cup using a scoop. This gives you a proper measurement.
When it comes to mixing the dry ingredients into the batter, mix just until it’s incorporated. Overmixing can make the batter coarse and dry.
Use a parchment sling for easy removal once the bread is finished baking. Place a piece of parchment paper along the bottom and long sides of the pan. Metal clips can be used on the top edges to keep it in place. Once the bread has been baked, simply pull the ends up to remove from the pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 339kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Baking

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Amazing banana bread! I add a sprinkle of vanilla sugar on top before baking for the sweet crunch.
    I love your channel, recipes, gardening, and your energy.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this yesterday after seeing your video on FB. It’s delicious! Everyone in my family loved it! It’s easy to make too! I used a mini muffin pan and baked for 25 mins. So good! Thank you for sharing! I love your videos! 😊