Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe was inspired by the cover of this month’s Cooking Light magazine, which features a beautiful Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze.  I did not have several of the ingredients for that banana bread on hand, but after seeing it, I had to have a chocolate & banana bread combo… I had to.

cooking light banana breadAs you can see my concoction has little in common with the original that inspired it, other than both are banana breads which incorporate chocolate.  If you don’t have some of the ingredients for my version, by all means check out theirs.  It is part of their 25 All Time Favorite Recipes feature this month, so it must be pretty dang good.

So why did I decide to load this banana bread up with chocolate chips, rather than top it with that lovely decadent chocolate glaze?  Because, I can always slather a slice with the Nutella I have in my pantry, and go double chocolate crazy at any moment if I want to.  So, I guess the true underlying reason would be that my devious mind was overtaken by pure chocolate greed…lol.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread that is moist and loaded with banana and chocolate chips.
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 3-4 ripe bananas mashed (1½ - 1⅔ cups)
  • ½ cup low fat buttermilk
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • cooking spray or shortening (to coat pan)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together.
  3. Add the bananas, buttermilk, salt, vanilla and egg whites & beat until smooth.
  4. Place flours in a separate bowl and mix in the baking soda, then add the dry mix to wet. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips, until evenly distributed.
  6. Pour batter into greased or coated and floured loaf baking dish.
  7. Bake until toothpick inserted in center pulls clean. (9x5 loaf pan: about 1 hour 10 min, 8X4.5 loaf pan about 1 hour 25 min)



  1. says

    I love good banana bread. I just pinned that so that I can make it later. Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    I LOVE this kind of bread! It’s great morning, day and night.

  3. says

    Yummy! We get tons of bananas now for baby and she is recently having some tummy trouble because of them. I have about 3 brown ones ready for this!!!

  4. says

    Oh my, I love banana bread, I can only imagine how good the chocolate chips make it!

  5. says

    I’m totally making this just so my house will smell super yummy!

  6. says

    That chocolate glaze looks like a bit much to me, I think I like your version better!

  7. says

    Now this is a banana bread I know my kids would eat!!

  8. says

    Banana bread is like my favorite thing in the world. Add chocolate to it and I’m in heaven. Thanks so much for sharing. Love it!

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    • Robin Gagnon says

      I’ve actually made banana bread with just ground oatmeal as a flour for a gluten-free recipe.. it was super moist& I LOVE oats.

  10. says

    Oh that looks so good – and it’s my kind of breakfast – just enough sweet though to make it feel naughty!

  11. says

    I love banana bread! I bet with chocolate chips it is even better!

  12. says

    Wow, that looks like it came from a bakery! You did an amazing job! I was just wanting some banana bread the other day, so I’m so happy that I came across this recipe. I’ve never made it homemade, so I’ll give it a try to see how it turns out. I bet it’s really good, too!

  13. says

    I have never thought to add chocolate chips to banana bread!! PURE Brillance! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. says

    I’ve never made “chocolate chip” banana nut bread, but have a strong feeling I’d love it!

  15. says

    It seems like no matter how many bananas I buy each week, a few try and go bad. I need to get into a regular habit of baking banana bread, especially with chocolate chips added in!

  16. says

    I haven’t been by your blog in a while and how funny that I stop by and see this. I was craving chocolate chip banana bread this afternoon and was thinking I need to search the internet for a good recipe. It was meant to be!

  17. Angela S says

    I haven’t made banana bread in ages. This looks so yummy!

  18. Melissa says

    Looks good! What kind of buttermilk u use?? I bought Saco cultured buttermilk blend. I’m not sure if this is the right one? This one is from the baking aisle. Do I need use the one near the milk cartons??

    • Robin Gagnon says

      Melissa, I’ve never heard of buttermilk in the baking aisle. Is it powdered?

      I used low fat buttermilk, which is the one commonly stocked in the dairy dept of most grocers. If the one you picked up is liquid, or can be reconstituted, I see no reason it wouldn’t work just fine. I’ve found there is no need to be too fussy about dairy products in most recipes, as long as you have the equivalent thickness and flavor.

  19. Melissa says

    Hi, yes the one I found is powdered. I couldn’t find the regular buttermilk in the dairy dept. Maybe I should go to a different grocery. Thanks so much for your respond!! I can’t wait to try this receipt!

    • Robin Gagnon says

      The Cooking Light version used a blend of yogurt & milk I think (I know they didn’t use buttermilk). If you have those on hand you could always reference that recipe. The link is right in the discussion above mine.

  20. Erin says

    My family loves the recipe. I’ve made it every Sunday night for the last three weeks. Last week I subbed pumpkin for banana and added just a tad extra salt, some cinnamon and nutmeg. So, so perfect! Thanks!

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