Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Banana bread is of course, not actually bread, it’s a type of cake. Some might call it a quick bread when bicarbonate of soda or baking powder is used to create the rise, but I personally would still consider it to be a type of cake. This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is made with self raising flour, however if you want to use plain flour and a rising agent you can do that too. Banana bread is such a comforting thing to bake, and there are so many customisation options such as adding chopped nuts or dried fruit. I love to add chocolate chips because for me chocolate and banana together brings back childhood memories, plus it doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious too!

How to make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread…

To make the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread I melted the butter then whisked it together with the light brown sugar.

I whisked in the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Then I mashed up the banana and mixed it in.

Finally I whisked in the self raising flour, then folded in the chocolate chips. I poured the mixture into a lined loaf tin and popped it in the oven.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Once it was baked I left it to cool before slicing. However, if you like it warm then feel free to tuck in sooner!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The Chocolate Chip Banana Bread was so tasty and perfectly moist. There’s something that’s just so comforting about tucking into a chunky slice of banana bread! For next level enjoyment I recommend treating it like bread and spreading it with butter… you can thank me later.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Tips for making the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:

  • For the tastiest banana bread, wait till your bananas have brown spots all over them before using them in this recipe.
  • The cinnamon is optional, or you could add ground ginger instead, or mixed spice.
  • There are SO many customisation options with this recipe. You can swap out the chocolate chips for chopped nuts such as walnuts, or you could add dried fruit like cranberries or raisins. You could even add orange zest, or some peanut butter!
  • I kept the banana bread plain without a topping, but you could drizzle it with a simple icing, add buttercream, or drizzle with melted chocolate!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Delicious moist banana bread studded with chocolate chips
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European
Keyword: Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: thebakingexplorer


  • 3 Bananas mashed
  • 125 g Light brown sugar
  • 75 g Butter melted
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 50 ml Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon optional
  • 250 g Self raising flour
  • 100 g Chocolate chips


  • Pre-heat your oven to 170C/150C Fan/350F/Gas 4, and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
  • Whisk the light brown sugar and melted butter together
  • Add the eggs, milk and vanilla, whisk them in
  • Stir in the mashed bananas
  • Add the self raising flour and cinnamon, and whisk in until you can't see any flour
  • Stir in the chocolate chips
  • Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If you're concerned it's getting too dark on top, you can cover it with foil
  • Leave to cool, then slice to serve. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 2 days. You can also freeze it
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Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 266IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight, quick and easy and had all the ingredients in the cupboard already. Swapped out a few things like I only had white choc chips and not enough light brown sugar so used caster and it still tastes amazing! Easy recipe to follow, will be making it again very soon!

    Now which recipe shall I do next?!

  2. 5 stars
    Super easy and delicious. Made 2 loaves today as I had a lot of over ripe bananas. Didn’t quite have enough chocolate chips so made it up with some fudge pieces….

    1. 5 stars
      Really easy to make and so tasty! Couldn’t get choc chips so I used a smashed up bar of dark cooking chocolate; super gooey and delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    Very easy to make. Lovely loaf and the chocolate chips didn’t sink to the bottom like another recipe I tried. I melted Cadburys chocolate and spread it over the top. Went down a treat with my family and friends. Will definitely add to my recipe collection.

  4. Hi, I was wondering if I can do the recipe but leave out the chocolate chips. Would it make any difference to the taste of the cake.
    Thank you.

    1. Yes of course, you can make it without the chocolate chips, it just won’t have any chocolate taste, but it will still be delicious!

    1. Hi, yes you can leave them out. It will not mess up the recipe. I hope you enjoy the banana bread!

  5. 5 stars
    Really easy recipe to follow, the photos are really helpful, as not a big baker I never really know what things should look like at different stages.

    1. Hi Carlyn, I’m so pleased you found the step by step photos helpful! I hope you enjoyed the banana bread 😀

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