The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is ultra moist because I use a secret trick! This banana bread recipe can be made with or without the chocolate chips and is guaranteed to be your new go-to recipe!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Banana Bread has a secret step that produces the softest and moistest bread ever!

My BEST Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe Uses A “Secret” Method 

Before you start yawning at yet ANOTHER Banana Bread recipe, please, please give me a chance to explain. I mean I get it, you’re probably wondering why mine is the best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread? You have your Granny’s recipe that is the best. Or you’ve made my Toasted Coconut Banana Bread and don’t think you need to look any further. But I am not one to leave well enough alone…you know that about me by now. I’ve even claimed to make the BEST Banana Muffins…which, btw are totally THE BEST.

But I will tell you I have officially cracked the banana bread code here. This chocolate chip banana bread that I am sharing with you today is EVERYTHING. Like, I am fairly certain I will never post another banana bread recipe here on Cookies & Cups.

That was a pretty bold statement.

Why Is This the BEST Banana Bread?

Let me explain why this is the last banana bread recipe you’ll ever need. First off, it’s outrageously moist (sorry). This recipe has butter as well as sour cream, which not only make it unbelievably soft, they also give great flavor, as opposed to a lot of banana bread recipes that are made with oil. Of course I use walnuts in this recipe, that you can omit if you must, but I urge you not to, at least the first time you make this recipe.

BUT the real secret to this recipe on supreme moistness and banana flavor is…wait for it…SLICED BANANAS. You add some mashed and some thinly sliced. Is your mind blown yet?

Adding the sliced bananas into the bread leaves little pockets of banana that you wouldn’t normally have when it’s mashed. Not enough that it is mushy, that wouldn’t be good… just the exact perfect thing your banana bread has been missing all along. I’m telling you, this is legit.

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Of course you can totally omit the chocolate chips if you are a purest…I have made this both ways.

But like I said, the sliced bananas are the magic…

My secret trick for the best banana bread is sliced bananas!

You’ll just want to fold them in with the other extras. The sliced bananas just add pockets of extra moisture, that paired along with the sour cream create banana bread perfection.

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And then sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on top for posterity.

Do You Have to Add Nuts to Banana Bread?

Nope! If nuts aren’t your thing, you can absolutely omit them. You can even add in a few extra chocolate chips, or even leave the chocolate chips out! My Banana Bread recipe is a great one to adapt. You can even try adding different flavor combinations of chips and nuts!

What kind of Nuts Can I Add to Banana Bread?

You could easily sub in pecans in place of the walnuts in this recipe. I would recommend using a softer nut, like a walnut or pecan, just to keep the texture of the bread at its bread. If you would like to experiment with say, pistachios or peanuts in this recipe, just make sure to chop them!

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Can You Freeze Banana Bread?

Yes! Freezing banana bread is a great way to save any extras you might have, or double the recipe and save a loaf for later. Just thaw the banana bread at room temperature, and slice and serve!

How to Reheat Banana Bread

  1. If you have frozen the bread, then like I said above, let the bread thaw completely first. Next preheat your oven to 350°F, and wrap the loaf in foil. Heat it for 10-15 minutes and it will be as good as new!
  2. You can also toast slices of leftover banana bread, which is a great way to have a warm individual slice without reheating the whole loaf!
  3. And yes, certainly you can reheat a slice of banana bread in the microwave, although it’s never the recommended method because it doesn’t heat evenly. BUT, in a pinch heat a slice for 10-12 seconds and it will be good to go!

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But I can’t say that we’ve ever had any leftover.

Spread butter on banana bread to make it crazy delicious!

So warm, right out of the oven is my favorite. And of course, then add butter.

The thing with this chocolate chip banana bread is that it’s out of control delicious when it’s warm…but it is also SO GOOD the next day! The flavors have a chance to blend together and get really soft and friendly.

The best banana bread recipe ever is easy!

Friends. Please try this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe asap and report back. I am positively positive you will love me forever.

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The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield Yield: serves 8 1x
  • Category Category: Bread
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


The BEST Banana Bread Recipe EVER!


  • 3 medium bananas, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom and up the short sides with a strip of parchment paper. Spray again with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mash 2 of the bananas with a fork, leaving them slightly lumpy. Slice the remaining banana thinly, and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir together the butter and sugar. Mix in the eggs and vanilla and stir until smooth. Add the sour cream, mashed bananas, baking soda, and salt, and stir until blended. Next mix in the flour until incorporated.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips, walnuts, and sliced banana.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, and then using the parchment paper as handles, carefully lift the banana bread out of the pan to cool on a wire rack.


store airtight for up to 3 days

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Absolutely the best banana bread recipe EVER! Thank you!

Lori Ryan
Lori Ryan

Love this recipe! Easy to make with ingredients on hand.


OMG! This is the BEST banana bread I’ve ever had. Delicious, moist, flavorful…just amazing.

Lilia Ambrosio
Lilia Ambrosio

OMG! The banana bread is delicious, the best I’ve ever had.

Michelle Wade
Michelle Wade

Would I be able to substitute a 1-to-1 gluten free flour?


Do you suggest the bananas to be overripe?


This has been my go to banana bread for years!! I make it for all of my friends and family and they are obsessed. We recently did a comparison with Chrissy Teigen’s (no shade, I love her) just to see how the two breads compared and there was no competition at all. Yours won by a landslide! I will say though, her idea to cook the bread in a bundt tin is genius because it creates every piece equal. So now I use this recipe, double it and make it in the bundt pan. Anyways, I just wanted to leave… Read more »


The banana bread was absolutely delicious. It was super moist and flavourful. Best receipe ever. Thank you for sharing 🙂


This is the best banana bread recipe ever! The bread is so flavorful and moist. Anything that includes sour cream you know is going to be good. Definitely a keeper for when you want to treat yourself!


Very yummy. I think next time I’ll mush all the bananas though. I have people in my family that don’t like bananas much and the slices were too much for them.

Sherri L

This was an awesome recipe! Moist, Full of banana flavor and fluffy. I doubled the recipe and made two loafs of bread. This is my new favorite recipe. The added banana at the end made a huge difference, in a good way !


Hi there! If I were to substitute yogurt for sour cream, do I have to add anything else to it, like baking soda or lemon juice? And would it still be 1/2 cup?

Mouree khan
Mouree khan

Recipe looks yumz but what is the temperature level o should put ? 180 or 160 degree ?


Best Banana bread ever…. So delicious ?

Mouree khan
Mouree khan

What is the temperature level you gave for it to make?


OMG!!!!!! This was the most amazing loaf EVER! I veganized it. Used vegan butter (which I’m pretty sure is salted so I left out the salt in the recipe), vegan egg, vegan sour cream, vegan chocolate chips, subbed in coconut sugar instead of white sugar, and pecans (instead of walnuts). This is SO flippin amazing! It was moist and flavorful and the sliced bananas is a genius move! LOVE IT!!!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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