Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate chip banana bread sliced.
Chocolate chip banana bread recipe freshly baked in pan.

If you’re looking for a chocolate chip banana bread recipe that is easy to make and full of flavor, then your search is over!

You only need one bowl for this easy banana bread recipe, two if you count the bowl to melt the butter, and that’s it! This an easy recipe for any new baker to follow, and it’s no fuss for a baking pro.

Do you ever have too many bananas to eat, and before you know it, they’re almost black? Does this sound familiar? When they’re too overripe to eat, we have to make a choice. Waste money by throwing them away, put them in the freezer to deal with later, or make this chocolate chip banana bread recipe. 

Ingredients you need for a moist banana bread

This banana bread recipe is easy; you don’t need unique ingredients to make it. All these ingredients are pantry staples or something you can easily find in the grocery store, so you can whip this up any time you want. 

Ripe to overripe bananas (see notes): This is important. You want bananas with lots of big spots or completely brown.

Melted butter: Using melted butter adds a delicious and rich taste. See notes for substitions.

Egg: This chocolate chip banana bread recipe only uses 1 egg to bind it all together! 

Brown sugar: Using brown sugar adds a caramel-like flavor. It also provides the acid needed to activate the baking soda. Here’s an amazing article that explains how this works.

Cinnamon and Nutmeg: Warming spices add depth of flavor. If you prefer, you can use other spice blends, like apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice.

Baking Soda: This is what makes the banana bread rise!

Salt: A nice balance for the super sweet bananas and sugar.

Flour: I use all-purpose flour in this recipe.

Chocolate Chips: Semisweet chocolate chips are fantastic in this recipe. If you want more richness, use dark chocolate chips that are around 60% cocoa.

Chocolate chip banana bread ingredients.

How to make Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

With only 6 steps for making this chocolate chip banana bread, it’s effortless to make and comes together in little time. 

Mash very ripe bananas.

Add melted butter, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla

and mix into the mashed bananas.

Mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.

Add the flour until halfway combined.

Last, add the chocolate chips, scrape into a loaf pan, and bake.

Banana bread serving ideas about eggs flour milk.
Chocolate chip banana bread sliced.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Kimberly D.
Your search for an easy chocolate chip banana bread recipe is over! You'll have a moist and delicious chocolate chip banana bread
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Loaf pan
  • Parchment paper


  • 3-4 med-large (320-440g) bananas mashed
  • 6 tbsp (80g) butter melted
  • 3/4 cup (145g) brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg grated
  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips for the top optional


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan and insert a parchment sling for easier removal. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, melt butter in microwave. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork or potato masher. Add the melted butter and stir until butter is fully incorporated.
  • Add the brown, salt, egg and vanilla extract to the banana mixture. Stir until completely mixed in.
  • Next, sprinkle the baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then stir until there are no pockets of baking soda or cinnamon remaining.
  • Add flour and mix until partly incorporated. Fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips until all the flour has been incorporated. Do not overmix.
  • Scrape the chocolate chip banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top, if using. Place on the center rack in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If browning too quickly, lightly tent the loaf pan with aluminum foil.
  • Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Using the parchment sling, gently lift the chocolate chip banana bread out of the loaf pan onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Slice, serve and enjoy!


Bananas: I highly recommend using 4 bananas because it adds moisture to the loaf. If you don't have enough bananas to make this chocolate chip banana bread, you can substitute 113g (1/2 cup) applesauce for each banana. 
Butter: A neutral cooking oil can replace some, or all,  of the butter for healthier banana bread. I prefer to only replace about half, as the butter adds flavor. 
Cinnamon and nutmeg: Feel free to use 1 tsp of any spice blend here in place of the cinnamon and nutmeg. For example, try Apple Pie Spice or Pumpkin Pie spice. 
Flour: If you'd like to substitute whole wheat flour for some of the all-purpose flour, I recommend only replacing half. 
Chocolate chips: 
Loaf pan: You can make mini-loaves of this chocolate chip banana bread for sharing. Just be sure to check for doneness around 25 minutes of baking time.
Storage: Leftover chocolate chip banana bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.
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1 thought on “Chocolate Chip Banana Bread”

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