Ultimate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is loaded with bananas and chocolate chunks. It takes just a few minutes to put together and bakes for about an hour.

a loaf of banana bread with some slices on parchment paper

Baking With Bananas

When storing bananas, you can freeze them whole, in the peel. There’s no need to wrap them in plastic or use containers. The peel protects the flesh from the freezer burn. Simply let them thaw on a paper towel on the counter until soft, then snip the stem off and squeeze out the banana along with the juice.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Tips

  • Bake in the center of the oven.
  • Check the bread after 30 minutes and again at 45. Tent with foil if needed to prevent over-browning.
  • Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before pulling the bread out of the baking pan.

Line loaf pan with parchment • Spray with baking spray
1 3/4 C flour • 1 tsp baking soda • 1 tsp baking powder • 1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 C butter or oil • 1/2 C brown sugar • 1/2 C white sugar
2 eggs added 1 at a time
1/4 C Greek yogurt or sour cream • 1 tsp vanilla
3 rock hard frozen bananas. Thaw & squeeze out. The dark color is totally fine. Use the juice!
Add bananas, then flour mix. Don’t over-beat or the texture could be dense.
1 C chocolate chunks. Save a few for the top.
Pour into loaf pan, smooth out, and top with remaining chips.
Bake 350f about 50 min or until done. Cool 10 min before taking out of loaf pan.
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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Unbelievably moist and bursting with banana flavor. Adding chocolate chips brings it over the top.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 392 kcal


  • 1 3/4 flour all-purpose
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup yogurt, plain or sour cream, or buttermilk
  • 3 bananas medium-large, over-ripe (thawed from frozen), roughly mashed (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or chunks


  • Heat oven 350F. You'll bake this on the center rack.

Prep the pan – Makes one loaf

  • Spray a bread loaf pan with cooking spray, then line the long edge with parchment paper leaving enough so it trails over the sides. Spray again and set aside


  • Whisk dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. (see note)
  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and some air is incorporated, add eggs one at a time, beating between each addition. Add vanilla and yogurt (or sour cream, or buttermilk). Add bananas, beat on low for 15 seconds until just incorporated.
  • With a spatula or spoon, stir in the dry mixture until just incorporated.
  • Add 1 cup chocolate chips (or chunks) saving the remaining 1/2 cup for the top.
  • Pour into a loaf pan that was prepped with parchment & non-stick spray, smoothing out into the corners.
  • Sprinkle on the reserved chocolate chips.
  • Bake about an hour, checking at the 40 or 45-minute mark to see how brown the top is coming along. Cover loosely with foil to prevent over-browning. Test with a skewer or toothpick for doneness. When it comes out clean, it's done.
    Let cool in the loaf pan 30 minutes. Lift up by using the sides of the parchment and transfer to a cooling rack. Carefully holding with one hand, peel off the parchment and let cool on a cooling rack until ready to slice and serve.


If using cups to measure (versus a scale), spoon in flour from the flour bin or bag, into the measuring cup – ensuring that it’s not packed in – rather light and fluffy in the measuring cup. Fill to overflowing (not packed), then use a knife to scrape off the top so it’s flat. 
I freeze unused bananas in the skin. You don’t even need a freezer bag. Then thaw on the counter and snip the end with scissors and squeeze out the banana into the bowl. The thawing process draws out the sugars and sweetness in the banana (when frozen in the peel). You might be surprised with how much liquid is released, this is normal and what makes this banana bread extra flavorful and moist. 


Calories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 705mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 2gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 637IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
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Did you know that I bake at ‘high altitude’? Whether it’s this Ultimate Chocolate Chip Banana bread or any other baking, I refer to this guide quite a bit. If you have questions about high elevation baking I would recommend you check out the link Colorado State University https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/nutrition-food-safety-health/high-altitude-food-preparation-p41/#3k

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