Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Forgive me for two banana posts in a row (here is the other), but your girl had a bunch of overripe bananas and I had to put them to work! When I think of baking with bananas my first thought is always banana bread. It is a classic. Not too sweet, moist, SO versatile. Seriously, what can’t you add to banana bread? There are vast possibilities, but I chose chocolate chips this time around.

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Banana bread is simple and delicious. The exact type of recipe I love. If you’re new to baking this is a great recipe to start out with. You are basically just mixing all of the ingredients together and throwing them into a bread pan. Honestly, the most important part of this recipe is the baking time and temperature. If you get those right then you’re almost sure to have made great banana bread.

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I also added a cinnamon-sugar crust on top for an added depth of flavor and a crunchy bite to go with the even texture of the bread and chocolate chips. This part is totally optional, but I don’t think anyone can argue with the power of cinnamon and sugar. It’s next level.

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5 from 3 votes

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Banana bread with chocolate chips and a crispy cinnamon sugar crust
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, bread, Brown Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon
Servings: 10

Ingredients

For Bread:

  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) butter melted
  • 3 large bananas overripe
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (198 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (170 grams) chocolate chips

For Crust:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

For Bread:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine melted butter and bananas. Beat with a hand mixer until bananas are mashed and the butter is no longer hot.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • In a medium bowl whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until there are no lumps. Fold into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon for the crust.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs. If the banana bread isn't done cooking after 55 minutes, turn the oven down to 325 degrees (F). Allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray a 9×5 loaf pan (I used this one) with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl add the melted butter and bananas together. Most recipes ask you to mash the bananas before you mix them with everything else, but I have found that beating them with a hand mixer has the same effect and you end up using fewer dishes. Mix the two together until the bananas are mashed and the butter is no longer hot. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. In another medium bowl add the dry ingredients and whisk together until there are no lumps. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, I like to use a combination of milk and dark chocolate because I think it adds a layer of depth to the overall flavor, but add whatever you like best.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with the cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. If the banana bread isn’t done after 55 minutes, turn the oven down to 325 degrees (F). This will ensure that the outside doesn’t get too crispy. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.

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