Breads & Doughs The Essential Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 4.96 from 494 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Jump To Video Save Recipe My Essential Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe is everything you want in banana bread — bananas and chocolate. Did I mention you can make it in the microwave for the fastest banana bread loaf possible? By Gemma Stafford | September 24, 2020 | 1073 Last updated on April 27, 2022 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Chocolate Chip Banana Bread should be everyone’s comfort food! On their own, chocolate and banana are delicious — but pair them together and they become something magical! The super sweetness of the very ripe bananas is toned down by the bitterness of the dark chocolate. Every bite of this homemade chocolate chip banana bread is somehow more delicious and comforting than the one before it… For my Essential Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe, I even opt to use a good quality chocolate bar instead of the chocolate chips, but you can definitely just use chocolate chips. It just really amps up the flavor and makes it feel somehow more mature. [ Try my Best-Ever Banana Bread recipe, too! ] Yes, I am a responsible adult. My taxes are done on time, and I eat banana bread with chocolate chunks. That said, I’m still down for chocolate chips in my banana bread because I’ll take this recipe anyway I can get it! Did I mention it can also be made in the microwave? Keep reading. What Is Chocolate Chip Banana Bread? One day, some brilliant mind looked at their unappetizing brown bananas on their counter and thought, “I can make bread with this.” Sometime later, another genius was eating banana bread and thought, “You know what would make this perfect loaf even better? If I threw some chocolate in with it.” The rest is history. The Kind Of Chocolate Matters Since bananas are so sweet, I would use semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you want to be even more decadent, use a darker chocolate bar. And if you want to go nuts, use an 80% cocoa solids bar! What You Need To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Measuring Cups and Spoons 9×5 (23×12.5cm) inch loaf pan Parchment paper Mixing bowls How To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread This recipe is truly the best way to use up any forgotten bananas. Here’s how to make it (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below.): Stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix your mashed bananas, egg, oil, and vanilla extract. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until JUST combined. You don’t want to over mix your batter, otherwise, your bread will be too tough. Fold in the chocolate chips or chunks and then spoon the batter into a buttered 9×5 (23×12.5cm) inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for 45-50 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown. You can check for doneness by pressing the center of the loaf gently with your fingers. If it springs back, it’s done! Leave the banana bread in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. How NOT To Make Banana Bread Despite the easiness of this recipe, there are in fact ways to make mistakes when whipping up a loaf. Let me break down the most common things people get wrong, so you can avoid them and sail straight to success. Find that information here in my master Best-Ever Banana Bread recipe! In The Microwave If you want to microwave the loaf instead of traditional baking, you will need a microwave-safe 9 x 5-inch dish. Microwave on HIGH for 7 minutes in total, checking roughly every 2 minutes to gauge how much more cooking time it needs. Take care not to ‘over microwave’ or it will get hard. Cover with foil once done to steam and soften. This cook time is based on my microwave which is 1200 Watts so check your wattage because your timing may vary. Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Do not overmix your batter once you’ve added the flour! Instead of a soft, moist loaf, you’ll be left with a tough (but, okay, still delicious) one. Slice the bread before you freeze it. This way, if you can defrost the exact amount you plan to eat! Chop semi-sweet chocolate to use to complement the banana bread. Cut up a bar of good quality chocolate rather than using chocolate chips. It makes a world of difference in quality and taste. More chocolate?! Sure! Use an 80% cocoa solids bar for an intense chocolate flavor. Bake this in the microwave, if you’d like. Find the instructions in the written recipe below. How Do I Store Chocolate Chip Banana Bread? Store any leftover bread at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze chocolate chip banana bread in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Before serving, defrost at room temperature in the container for a few hours. Make More Banana Bread! Gemma’s Best-Ever Banana Bread Mia’s Family Banana Nut Bread Sour Cream Banana Bread And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Full (and printable) recipe below! The First-Ever Bold Baker Challenge Winner: Congratulations, Branila! We hope you enjoy your $275 Amazon Gift Card! If you want to try the November challenge, check out the rules, and make the recipe for my Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake! Want To Go Deeper? Level up your baking skills even further and subscribe to the Bold Baking Academy today! You’ll get access to all the in-depth baking courses both past and present, access to the Bold Baking Academy Community, and the one-of-a-kind Baking Concierge — which is a fast & direct connection to me and my team of culinary experts to answer any baking question you might have. That’s right, inside or out of the Academy! So subscribe now! Try These Recipes! Chocolate Pasta With Chocolate Hazelnut SauceSoft And Fluffy Pumpkin Dinner RollsHomemade Maple Bar DonutsHow to Make Garlic Bread from Scratch Watch The Recipe Video! Play The Essential Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe 4.96 from 494 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… My Essential Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe is everything you want in banana bread — bananas and chocolate. Did I mention you can make it in the microwave for the fasted banana bread loaf possible? Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 1 loaf Dessert Chocolate Fruit Baking Pans Microwave Oven Prep Time 20 minsCook Time 50 mins My Essential Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe is everything you want in banana bread — bananas and chocolate. Did I mention you can make it in the microwave for the fasted banana bread loaf possible? Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 1 loaf Ingredients 1 ⅔ cups (8oz/225g) all-purpose flour½ cup (4oz/115g) sugar1 ½ teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon ground cinnamon2 ½ cups (12oz/360g) bananas (around 3 medium bananas), mashed1 large egg⅓ cup (2½floz/71ml) flavorless oil (Sunflower, vegetable, canola)2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 cup (6oz/170g) chocolate chips plus a handful more for decorating the top Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 9x5 (23x12.5cm) inch loaf pan and line with parchment.In a large bowl stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together.In a separate bowl, mix the mashed bananas, egg, oil, and vanilla extract.Combine the dry ingredients with the mashed banana mixture until just combined. Do not over mix.Fold in the cup of chocolate chips and spoon into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the top with a handful of chocolate chips.Bake for 45-50 minutes until the loaf is golden brown and springs back when pressed gently with your finger. Leave in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.Enjoy warm! Store leftovers at room temperature for 3 days or freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Defrost at room temperature in the container for a few hours.FOR THE MICROWAVEIf you want to microwave the loaf, you will need a microwave-safe 9 x 5-inch dish. Microwave on HIGH for 7 minutes in total, checking roughly every 2 minutes to gauge how much more cooking time it needs. Take care not to 'over microwave' or it will get hard. Cover with foil once done to steam and soften. This cook time is based on my microwave which is 1200 Watts so check your wattages because your timing may vary.