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!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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


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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195 Responses
  1. Chelsea

    Sad to report that the vanilla seemed to be overkill in my bake. It smelled and tasted of liquor, and completely overpowered the banana and chocolate. I used McCormick pure vanilla extract – might it have been a better idea to use imitation vanilla? Either way, if I try this again, I’ll be cutting the measurement in half.

      1. Chelsea

        Yeah, only two! I’ll try a different vanilla next time because this one seems to be really strong, and I just gotta have this bread. 🙂

  2. Jeanne

    Should have read the comments first before inquiring. I see where another baker used vanilla yogurt in place of the sour cream and I happen to have Yoplait vanilla yogurt, so unless my bananas are too far gone and I have to go to the store anyway, that’s what I’ll use. Thanks

  3. Jeanne

    Could yogurt be subbed for the sour cream or is there another sub for sour cream? Love sour cream but only have 2 or 3 tsp left in an 8 oz container and would like to not have to go to the store for one ingredient. I want to double recipe and make two loaves. Suggestions? Have made this recipe once, it is so good.

  4. Cara

    BEST banana bread for sure!! I made this for my kids party yesterday and one dad told me it was the best thing he ate at the whole party!! So delish and so easy!! My new fave recipe website:)) Thank you!!

  5. Cara

    Hi there! Your recipes look amazing!! This may be a silly question but…do I use a mixer for this recipe or just stir with spoon? Always looking for good recipes that don’t require me to haul out my ginormo mixer. But I’m making this one either way…just thought I would check:)


  6. Ellie

    This looks amazing! I’m going to try this weekend. 😀 Do you think I could chop up a chocolate bar into bits instead of chocolate chips? I usually prefer that in cookies and wonder if it will work for bread as well?

  7. Chris Z

    I made this tonight and it is fantastic! Thanks for a great recipe. I didn’t know that my sour cream was very expired (yuck) until I was ready to add it to the bowl. I substituted vanilla yogurt and crossed my fingers. It totally worked in a pinch, but I’m excited to make it again with the sour cream.

  8. Amy

    Best banana bread I have ever tasted! Made it for my family over the weekend. Making some for my co-workers tonight. Also baking a loaf of the Reese’s Banana Bread! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  9. Kayla Murray

    Making this as we speak. Except I totally forgot to add the sliced banana, hoping it still turns out! Now to scope out your other banana bread recipes.

  10. Paul

    I made this yesterday and the result in my house was overwhelmingly to keep making it… I did leave out the Walnuts though, allergy reasons.

    1. Kristin

      This is not a light fluffy banana bread. This makes a dense, moist brick! I still loved it. The dark brown crust on it was the perfect thickness. I needed the full 60 minutes for baking.

  11. bee ann

    Thank you sooooo much!! As a mom, it was my first time attempting to bake with my 7 year old son, so happy I had this fabulous recipe, which we followed and it came sooo delicious!!!!!!!

  12. Kevin

    My prior baking experience was one batch of cookies. I made these and my wife says “It’s out of this world”. I’m the official family banana bread maker.

  13. Alora Thresher

    I made this just now with pecans and normal-sized chocolate chips; I also sugared the loaf pan and sprinkled a generous amount of sugar on top, which gave it a really pleasant, crunchy thin crust. I used mostly a vegan butter substitute instead of normal butter, and it turned out just fine. The warm slice I had just now was moist and full of banana flavor, although the kitchen kinda took on a weird zucchini-like aroma in the last few minutes, which made me a little nervous. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Linda

    Something wrong with this recipe. Measured carefully and cooked a full hour..still runny. I don’t think there is enough flour in this recipe. Too much moisture

      1. Chris

        Me too… not sure why oh well still going to be delicious… just have to watch carefully until the toothpick comes out clean.
        (Note, I am using a gas oven at sea level) cheers!

    1. Andrea Olivia

      How long can you freeze a loaf in the freezer for, doing some pre-baking for Christmas and will be freezing for about 10 days. Would you recommend fridge? Super cold setting perhaps?
      Thanks for the help, bar far the best banana bread EVER!

  15. stefanie

    I just made this today – sooo good. It has a deep banana flavor and just the right amount of chocolate chips. I did find it was hard to test for doneness with toothpick and I had to pop it back in for almost an extra half hour. Sooo yummy

  16. Lisa

    I saw this recipe on vacation last week. Came home and baked it up. My husband and I are eating it warm from the pan. Yum!! This is going on my Mother’s Day brunch menu! Thank you!!

  17. Deepa

    I don’t have sour cream but really want to make this recipie!!! What adjustments would i make to the other ingredients to make this recipie work?

  18. Steff

    if I wanted to sub some or all of the regular sugar for brown sugar, do you think I would have to reduce the sour cream a little to compensate for the extra moisture? or would it be fine as-is with just that sub?

  19. M. Salem

    Hi Shelly !! The highlight of my day is when I see a new recipe on your blog !! Could I use this recipe but instead of chocolate chips use toasted coconut… like a mashup of this banana bread recipe with your toasted coconut banana bread recipe ?

    1. Shelly

      That’s a great idea, and sure! The great thing about this recipe is it lends itself to all sorts of adaptation on what you add-in!!Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

  20. Brooke

    I never thought about putting sliced bananas in banana bread. It sounds delicious! Chocolate chips are a must! I am so glad I’m not the only one who butters their banana bread. My coworkers think it’s crazy! LOL

  21. I can totally relate here, I don’t think I’ve ever made banana bread the same way twice! I think part of the fun is just making it up as you go along sometimes. Really like the idea of using slices as well as mashed banana, looks so moist and yummy, I’ll definitely try that idea, thanks!

    1. Shelly

      right? there are so many possibilities! I do think this base recipe with the sliced bananas will be my go-to from now on! But of course I can play around with ways to jazz it up!

  22. Loren Roth

    Very impressed! Between this, your idea with rolling cookies in Oreo crumbs, and your idea with baking crispy chocolate chip cookie pieces into chocolate chip cookie batter – you seriously win when it comes to creativity in baking. Nice work! This is why I love your stuff 🙂

  23. Bryn

    I 100% believe in this process. The best banana bread ever to come out of my kitchen happened when my daughter made it and left a ton of whole slices of banana because she got bored mashing them (what???).
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Do you think recipe would work as muffins? Easier to freeze and do for breakfast that way. Thanks!

        1. Ann

          I made this last night and it came out amazing! The only change I made was that I cut down on the amount of sugar needed because my bananas were super ripe and sweet. Still came out great! Thanks for this awesome recipe.

    1. Dian

      This is in the oven now! Didn’t have sour cream, so I subed buttermilk. Added some coconut and cinnamon too.

      Thank you for the inspiration!

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