Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

banana bread with slice cut off

This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is extra moist, loaded with fresh bananas, has chocolate chips in every bite and is a real crowd pleaser!

This post was originally published in December 2018 – I’ve since updated the photos!

I’ve always been a fan of any type of banana flavored baked good! Take for example my Lemon Blueberry Banana Bread, Double Chocolate Banana Muffins or even my Banana Bread Overnight Oats! There is something so extra cozy about the natural sweetness of the banana combined with the other goods that make those baked goods so good!

straight on shot with banana bread sliced open

Not to mention, if you ever want to impress anyone – just bake a loaf of this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread for the SMELL ALONE. It will make your house smell like a bakery. So much goodness.

close up shot of sliced banana bread

I like this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread because it’s simple but classic. My husband and I have been binging a lot of Great British Baking Show lately – and the amazing Mary Berry always say if you do something simple it must be “sheer perfection”.

And not to toot my own horn, this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is sheer perfection to me!

sliced banana bread

I love that it’s super moist, thick slices that are filled with banana flavor. I also love that there are chocolate chips in every single bite! Chocolate chips are my fave.

stack of slices of banana bread

There is also a bit of a secret ingredient in this recipe. Nothing too crazy – but instead of using greek yogurt or apple sauce to help further moisten the bread – I added….sour cream! Yes, maybe it’s strange. Maybe it’s not. But I surely loved the slight tanginess and rich moist flavor that the sour cream adds.

Ingredients You Need:

  • ripe bananas
  • butter
  • white and brown sugar
  • eggs
  • sour cream
  • vanilla extract
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • chocolate chips (and lots of ‘em!)

How to Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:

This is such a simple and delicious bread to bake. Let’s get into it! 

In a large bowl, mash up those ripe bananas! It shouldn’t be too hard if they’re already soft. 

ripe bananas in glass bowl

mashed bananas in glass bowl

Next, melt butter in a small bowl. Add in your brown and white sugar and whisk together until creamy. Add this to the bowl with the mashed bananas and mix to combine. 

To the same bowl, add your eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.

banana bread batter with chocolate chips

Using a sifter, add in your flour, baking soda and a pinch of salt. Mix  only until incorporated. Don’t overwork it!

Lastly, gently fold in the chocolate chips.

banana bread batter in loaf pan

Pour into a greased loaf tin. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips if desired. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean!

freshly cooked banana bread

I love this chocolate chip banana bread because it is such a crowd pleaser! Bake a loaf the night before you have company coming and you’ll have some happy breakfast eaters! Or maybe bake it for family as a late night snack while you’re playing board games.

close up slice of banana bread with butter and salt

I personally think this banana bread is best warm with a schmear of butter and a pinch of salt on top. I also like it cold from the fridge. Basically, I’ll eat this anyway you slice it. Breakfast, lunch, dessert or snack! Gimme!

bite taken out of banana bread

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few other breakfast baked goods you might like: 

Cinnamon Peach Bread 

Earl Grey Blueberry Loaf Cake 

Vegan Orange Spice Muffins

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins 

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5 from 7 votes

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is extra moist, loaded with fresh bananas, has chocolate chips in every bite and is a real crowd pleaser!

Course bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip banana bread, easy banana bread, easy chocolate chip banana bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Haylie


  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 and 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mash your ripe bananas until fully mashed. Set aside. In a smaller bowl, melt your butter. To the melted butter, add your granulated and brown sugar. Using a whisk, whisk together until creamy. 

  2. Directly add the butter/sugar mixture to the large bowl with the mashed bananas. Next, add in your eggs, sour cream and the vanilla extract. Mix to combine. 

  3. Using a sifter, sift the flour, baking soda and salt into the banana mixture. Mix only until incorporated. Don’t over mix! 

  4. Gently fold in 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips. 

  5. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with butter and then line with parchment paper. Add your batter directly to the pan. Top with additional chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick can be fully inserted and come out clean. 

  6. Once done, let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes and then remove and place on a cooling rack. Enjoy a slice warm with butter! 

Recipe Notes

For this recipe (and most of my recipes), I used salted butter. It's a personal preference. Feel free to use unsalted butter for this recipe. 

16 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for my boys (2, 5, and my lover) they absolutely loved it. I even added walnuts for the biggest boy ?❤️ because he loves that. It was a hit. Definitely going to be the version I make from now on.

  2. 5 stars
    I loves me some banana bread to, Haylie…especially one with chocolate 😉 This one definitely looks super moist and flavourful! Love a thick ol’ slice this am with my coffee…too bad I couldn’t grab one through my screen 😉

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh this recipe is AMAZING, and not to mention super easy to make! Haylie’s directions are so clear and take the guesswork out of it. My bread turned out perfect (And by no means am I a baker), but we ate half of it in one sitting! Definitely a favorite.

  4. 5 stars
    Easily the best banana bread I’ve ever had! The crust has such a wonderful texture and the inside was so light and delicious! Definitely will be making again!

  5. 5 stars
    So this has basically become my go-to banana bread recipe 😻 sometimes I add a pinch of cinnamon, sometimes I substitute craisins and nuts for the chocolate chips. My family loves this and has started setting bananas aside from the bunch to ripen specifically for me to make this – as soon as we’ve finished one loaf, they’re ready for another 😹

    1. Yessss!!! This makes me so happy and I absolutely love all of the additions/substitution ideas! It all sounds so delicious. Thanks for loving this recipe, Joan! Means the world 🙂

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