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

Description:

The BEST Banana Bread Recipe EVER!


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  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.

Notes:

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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Nazia
Nazia

Hi Shelly , the bread looks Delish! Waiting to make it . However , where I live ,sour cream is not easily available . Any substitute?

Nicola
Nicola

HI this is an excellent recipe. It is nice and light and not heavy and dense like some banana cakes. I made it today and its not going to last long!!!!!!

C G
C G

Hi! Super excited to try this recipe! Quick question… in regards to the ingredient vanilla, is it the same as vanilla extract?

Anne
Anne

My very picky 20 year daughter loved this bread! It is my personal favorite banana bread. As someone commented I also add cinnamon to mine.

Mon
Mon

Perfection! Nothing else to add, but thank you Shelly.

J J
J J

We love this recipe! We wanted to make it in mini loaves or muffins to give to family and friends. Any suggestions of recipe alterations for success?

Robin
Robin

If I use regular table salt in place of kosher would it still be 1 tsp. ? Can’t wait to try this recipe!

Jops
Jops

OMG had to return here to give this recipe a super thumbs up! I happened to have banana flavored yoghurt so I used it and used brown sugar and chopped up some Lindt dark chocolate and it is amazingly yummy and super moist! thanks so much Shelly!

deborah l tomlinson
deborah l tomlinson

can you substitute slenda for sugar

Jane
Jane

HOLA! Quiero hacer esta receta que se ve realmente deliciosa, nunca he hecho banana bread. no tengo crema agria ni yogurt, puedo usar buttermilk?

Lynn
Lynn

Lo hice y no tuve problemas. Acabo de usar un poco menos de 1/2 taza.

Laurel McLaughlin
Laurel McLaughlin

This was the Best! Neighbor had some ripe bananas and asked me to make some banana bread cause I’m the neighborhood baker and I found this recipe. What a winner. I made it during the football game and everyone at the house loved it and work loved it. I really liked the sliced bananas, very cleaver. I added some walnuts to use them up. Will be adding it to “My Keepers”.

Ashley
Ashley

Could you replace the butter with apple sauce or coconut oil? This recipe looks delicious, but my daughter has a dairy allergy

Ashley McVeigh
Ashley McVeigh

So far I’ve only made your salted honey pistachio cookies and pecan pie bars and both times I baked your recipes I was told it was the best baked good anyone had ever tried. SO I AM SUPER STOKED to try this recipe. Can brown sugar be substituted in lieu of granulated sugar?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Great recipe. Only change was I added a teaspoon of cinnamon (well because I love cinnamon in banana bread) and plain fage yogurt to replace sour cream to add more protein!

Margaret
Margaret

Omg. This is the best banana bread ever!!!! Thanks for the recipe! Can I use the same recipe as muffins? Just have to say this bread is a hit every time I make it!!!!!

Maddy
Maddy

I have made this recipe several times, both as a loaf and as muffins! I always make it with gluten free 1-1 flour and vegan sour cream and it’s turned out amazing every time! Any time I have overripe bananas, this is the recipe I use.

Lauren
Lauren

I can’t do lactose (butter is fine — negligible lactose content — but sour cream is not), so instead of sour cream I just added an extra mashed banana, and it came out delicious!

Bibage
Bibage

I’m not sure what happened but I could not get the center to bake completely, however, the crust and outer edges ended up a deep brown as I had to continue to pop it back in the oven. First time I’ve used sour cream in a bread recipe. Any suggestions? FYI – I followed the recipe to the T.

tammy
tammy

me too!!!!! So disappointed, smelled great until it started to smell like it was burning and the center was still gooey

Monee C
Monee C

I wanted to say that I’m extremely Happy! That I came across your blog. You gave me the courage to get in the kitchen to bake. You another thing I like about your blog how you explain your recipes. You Rock

Sofia
Sofia

Could I use honey or maple syrup instead of sugar?

Jackie
Jackie

This is the moistest banana bread in the entire world. I make double batches twice a week, as people continually ask me for some. I omit the nuts due to friends personal preferences. This truly is the best recipe ever!!

Maria Fatima
Maria Fatima

Hi! I’d definitely want to try this recipe for bakesale! ? Just wondering though, If I could sub butter with oil for added moistness or is this recipe moist enough as it is?

Erika
Erika

I recently tried this recipe and it is by far the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever made! I have tried many different recipes for banana bread trying to find “the one” for my recipe box. This banana bread is so moist and full of flavor. I love the addition of the sour cream, I think it really adds that extra element to take this recipe over the top!

Mary
Mary

The best ever!!

Debbie
Debbie

Really delicious banana bread!
I doubled it and made 2 loaves.
The only changes I made were to use 3 eggs instead of 4, and use all chocolate chips and no nuts.
Thanks for another wonderful recipe.

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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