Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe


Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe …my family’s favorite treat, requested by friends, and so easy to make! It is super soft, sweet and absolutely delicious!

Today I’ll be sharing the BEST chocolate chip banana bread recipe. Seriously! I’ve tried quite a few recipes and have finally nailed down the perfect banana bread… which of course involves chocolate chips. This bread is requested by all my friends. It is super soft, sweet and absolutely delicious!

The BEST chocolate chip banana bread on ... it is super soft, easy to make and absolutely delicious!

You can leave the chocolate chips out, but in my opinion they make the bread! ;) You can also add some chopped walnuts as well if you like those. My family is not a fan, so we stick to straight chocolate chips.


This chocolate chip banana bread is super easy to make. The hardest part is waiting that whole hour for it to bake. ;) You can also make banana muffins with this recipe too. We make those a lot and will freeze half the batch!

If you’ve been a long time follower you may remember I posted this recipe a few years ago here. I love looking back at my firsts posts to see how much I have grown. My old pics always make me laugh!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar. Then mix in eggs, vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to sugar mixture and stir until combined. Fold in bananas, nuts, and chocolate chips. Pour into 2 large loaf pans or 4 small loaf pans. You can also make 24 muffins.

Bake for 1 hour in a loaf pan, 35-45 minutes in a small loaf pan or 25 min in a muffin pan. You want the bread to be lightly browned. Make sure it comes clean with a toothpick.
Once the bread is cooked, remove the bread from the pan and place on a cooling rack.

Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!

The BEST chocolate chip banana bread on ... it is super soft, easy to make and absolutely delicious!
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Gloria @ Simply Gloria posted on January 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm (#

    I love everything about this banana bread! I’m a little excited, because I have some over ripened bananas … and sooo ready to make this today!

  2. Kristyn posted on January 16, 2014 at 11:09 am (#

    YUMMY!!! Just pinned. :)

  3. Ashton posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm (#

    I have a major weakness for banana bread. And, seriously, who makes banana bread without chocolate chips?? That’s the whole point of banana bread right!? Love this recipe and pinned!

  4. gina posted on January 17, 2014 at 10:48 am (#

    Can you use frozen bananas? I freeze them when they get super ripe and now I have a ton and am all smoothied out – ha!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm (#

      Yes you can definitely use frozen bananas! Just let them thaw and them mash them before making your banana bread! :)

  5. Ursula posted on January 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm (#

    I’m dying here with a major sweets craving attack and the chocolate chips melted in the banana great looks a-ma-zing. Pinning… ;)
    Thank you for hosting Friday’s linky!

  6. Sunny posted on January 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm (#

    I made this recipe today and it is everything you said and more! It is definitely a keeper!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm (#

      Thanks for your comment Sunny! I’m glad you liked the banana bread! :)

  7. Diana Bustamante posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:46 pm (#

    This bread is delicious! So soft and moist. This recipe is a keeper.

    • Jamielyn posted on February 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm (#

      I’m glad you liked it Diana! Thank for your nice comment! :)

  8. Karri posted on February 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm (#

    Yum!!! Just made these in muffin version, using half milk.choc chips and half peanut butter chips. SO moist and delicious! Done in exactly 25mins. My batch made 22. The whole family is creepin’ the kitchen right now, trying to steal more. Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 24, 2014 at 6:03 pm (#

      I’m glad your family loved them Karri! The peanut butter chips would be delicious too, I’ll have to give that a try! :)

      • Lisa posted on March 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm (#

        White sugar or brown sugar? Or it doesn’t matter?

      • Jamielyn posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm (#

        White sugar! :)

  9. Deborah posted on March 7, 2014 at 10:42 pm (#

    I just made it. It really was lovely! I’m not a huge banana bread person, but I couldn’t stop eating it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm (#

      I’m glad you liked it Deborah! The sour cream and chocolate chips definitely make this my favorite! Thanks for your comment. :)

  10. Jennifer posted on March 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm (#

    Can I pour all of the batter into one large loaf pan?

    • Jamielyn posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm (#

      Hi Jennifer! I always pour it into 2 large loaf pans or make 1 large loaf pan and the rest in a muffin tin! I think it might overflow if you put all the batter in one!

  11. Kammie posted on April 8, 2014 at 11:19 am (#

    I’ve been making this recipe weekly the past few months. I make it into muffins. They are so yummy. My whole family loves them and is the best way to use up those overripe bananas.

    • Jamielyn posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm (#

      I’m glad your family loves this recipe! My kids love when I make them into muffins too or mini loaves! Thanks for your comment Kammie. :)

  12. Tina posted on April 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm (#

    Hi, is the sugar 1 and 1/3 cups of sugar? Or 1/3 cups of sugar? Thank you! I’m making this recipe today and can’t wait to try. :)

    • Jamielyn posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm (#

      Hi Tina! It is 1 and 1/3 cups of sugar! :) Hope you enjoyed these!

  13. Michelle posted on June 20, 2014 at 10:01 am (#

    How big is the stick of butter? We don’t really use sticks of butter here. All we have is the pound of butter or margarine in a container.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm (#

      Hi Michelle! A stick of butter is the same as 1/2 cup or 8 Tablespoons! :)

  14. Julia posted on June 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm (#

    Hi, This recipe sounds great! Just curious, how much is ‘1 stick of butter’?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm (#

      Hi Julia! 1 stick of butter is 1/2 cup or 8 Tablespoons. :)

  15. Kristina posted on July 10, 2014 at 11:04 am (#

    A few questions…1 cup of sour cream?! As in sour cream you typically put on tacos and burritos? Also, how many bananas does it normally take to make 1 cup? (I haven’t had banana bread in so long can’t wait to have some).

    • Jamielyn posted on July 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm (#

      Hi Kristina! Yes, 1 cup sour cream is right. :) Sour cream makes breads, cakes, etc. really moist! It is usually about 3 medium bananas!

      • Gracey M. posted on July 13, 2014 at 4:01 am (#

        I just made this and absolutely loved it! I actually added a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and instead of 1 c sour cream, I used 1/2 c and another 1/2 c of applesauce. It was really moist, but go so good. I also through in 3/4 c of walnuts for crunch. This was a real easy recipe. I had my little princess help me with the mixing too. Thank you!

      • Jamielyn posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm (#

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it Gracey! Thanks for stopping by again to let me know! :)

  16. Leslie posted on August 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm (#

    I just made these during naptime. Quick and easy! Thank you!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm (#

      So glad you liked them Leslie! I buy extra bananas just so I can make these! :)

  17. Lisa R posted on August 24, 2014 at 11:56 am (#

    I am going to use this recipe tomorrow. Thank you for posting it. Any thoughts on the ideal time and temp for mini loaf pans?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:45 am (#

      I hope you enjoyed this recipe! I always set the timer for about 20 and then go from there! :)

  18. Keri posted on August 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm (#

    Dear god! This was THE BEST!!!! Thank you!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:48 am (#

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Keri! Thanks for sharing! :)

  19. Jessica posted on September 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm (#

    Ok, maybe I have lost track of my recipes but I thought this used to be a chocolate chip banana bread but now it says cinnamon chip. I am finally getting around to writing down all of my favorite recipes and this was one. I am just hoping it is an autocorrect thing because you keep referencing chocolate chips :)

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm (#

      Hi Jessica! That was definitely a mistake, I’m so sorry. It is chocolate chip banana bread! :) Thank you for correcting me.

      • Jessica posted on October 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm (#

        Thank you! This is my favorite baking recipe, so thank you for sharing it :)

  20. joey posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm (#

    looks good – what are cinnamon chips, though?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2014 at 11:26 pm (#

      Hi Joey! Sorry, that was a mistype, it is chocolate chips! :)

  21. Becky posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm (#

    I love this recipe. Instead of sour cream, I use greek yogurt, sometimes I use lemon or strawberry which adds another yummy flavor.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm (#

      Mmmm sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. :)

  22. Beth posted on September 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm (#

    Hey…getting ready to make these as my banans are just ripe enough,a friend gave me a buncha pecans fresh from Ga. & I’ve got some mini chocolate chips just dying to be used…My questions??? Is cinnamon chips a misprint? And where is the amount of nuts that you would use? Would you add 1 c. of choc. chips & 1 c. of chopped nuts or 1/2 a cup of ea??? I added extra nuts to a cookie recipe before & it just made them dry & I’ve got 12 bananas staring at me everytime I walk by my counter,saying…mash me,use me,abuse me & I’ll be good to you…Also…I’m thinking of using 1/2 white & 1/2 brown sugar…just a little sweeter maybe? Anyways…raining out,dogs are sleepin…ovens preheating…if i dont hear back from you before I add the nuts…methinks I will add a cup of each and let you know how things went…

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2014 at 11:20 pm (#

      Hi Beth! Yes, cinnamon chips is a misprint! I am so sorry about that. I would probably do 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 a cup of nuts, but if you really love nuts then definitely do 1 cup! :) Hope you enjoy these.

  23. Beth posted on September 21, 2014 at 1:25 am (#

    Well…a great big thanks for the recipe…it turned out just as moist & scrumptious & my whole house was filled with an aroma that FEBREEZE should sell.It got attacked by some grateful men who said it was the best they ever had…and will be going to work w/ me tomorrow morning for the guys in the kitchen as we prep for brunch. I made a dbl batch & the recipe fared XCELLENTLY…nuts & all…thanks again & I will be visiting often

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm (#

      I’m so glad you loved it Beth! Thanks for your sweet comment. :)

  24. Deepti posted on January 5, 2015 at 7:49 pm (#

    What’s the measurement for sugar and  sour cream n flour…? Does c stands for cup 

    • Jamielyn posted on January 13, 2015 at 7:23 pm (#

      Hi! It is 1 and 1/3 cups of flour, 1 cup at sour cream, and 2 cups of flour. :)

  25. Susan posted on January 26, 2015 at 8:55 am (#

    the banana chocolate chip recipe calls for cinnamon chips.  Is that an error…possibly crossed with you cinnamon chip bread?

    • Jamielyn posted on February 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm (#

      Hi Susan! Yes that is an error, it is 1 cup of chocolate chips! :)

  26. Michelle posted on March 27, 2015 at 10:12 pm (#

    The second ingredient sugar, does that say 11 cups?

    • Jamielyn posted on April 18, 2015 at 11:45 pm (#

      1 and 1/3 cup sugar! :)

  27. Melanie posted on April 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm (#

    I am making this for the first time today…and cannot WAIT to taste it.  The house smells amazing right now!  Thought of a question though, once the batter is assembled, can it be frozen for future use?  And if so, for how long?

    • Jamielyn posted on April 19, 2015 at 12:20 am (#

      Hi Melanie! I would recommend freezing the bread once it is cooked. :)

  28. Lynn posted on May 30, 2015 at 10:15 pm (#

    Just made today…I was not sure how chocolate chips would taste in banana bread, almost switched to raisins.. But followed recipe and yummy.. Muffins are delious..this will be my new fav banana bread recipe.. Thanks

    • Jamielyn posted on June 2, 2015 at 10:07 pm (#

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Lynn!

  29. Kathy Manderfield posted on August 12, 2015 at 8:21 pm (#

    This bread and/or muffins is wonderful!!  We especially like it made with the MINI chocolate chips!!  :-)   Thanks for sharing!

  30. Kamera posted on September 29, 2015 at 11:29 pm (#

    This is the best! I made the muffins for Christmas breakfast a year or two ago and people where begging for the recipe. Now whenever there’s a family get together I always have to bring muffins. Thanks for the recipe, it’s way too good

  31. Merryl posted on November 23, 2015 at 8:43 pm (#

    I tried it yesterday. Absolutely wonderful. It did not say to spray the pans, but I did. I also sifted together the dry ingredients.
    The loaves are light, moist and delicious!

  32. Allie posted on March 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm (#

    Hi Jamielyn,

    Quick question for you….in Step 1 it states to add “cream, butter and sugar” to a mixing bowl;  in the above list of ingredients, ‘cream’ is not included at all – therefore, the amount of cream that the banana bread calls for is also not listed.

    What is the needed measurement of cream?  What type of cream do you recommend (heavy cream / half & half / almond milk substitute)?  

    Being that I am an inexperienced baker/cook, I follow recipes verbatim while in the kitchen and your banana bread sounds incredible so, I really hope to hear back from you so I can test it out tonight!  

    Thank you for your help!  I’ll let you know how it comes out :)


    • I Heart Naptime posted on March 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm (#

      Hi Allie!

      The instructions say, “In a large bowl cream butter and sugar.” In this sentence, it’s the action to cream – I use a standing mixer with a paddle attachment; if you don’t have one, a hand-held mixer with two metal beaters will work great! You want the butter and sugar to become one, light, and a little fluffy. It takes a minute or two.

      Do let me know if you have any additional questions! Happy to have you in the kitchen!

  33. bambi posted on March 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm (#

    Does the type of flour matter?  Self rising?  Cake?  All purpose?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on March 31, 2016 at 9:36 am (#

      All purpose. :)

  34. Jan posted on July 12, 2016 at 10:14 pm (#

    This is THEE best Banana Bread recipe hands down! I have never had a banana bread this amazing in my entire life! Usually most Banana bread recipes are dense, dry and heavy but this was light and moist! Thank you! This recipe will be locked away in my arsenal!

  35. Beth Dericco posted on February 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm (#

    I was wondering for the chocolate chip banana bread do you spray the loaf pans with cooking spray ?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 23, 2017 at 7:54 am (#

      I usually butter them, but spray works too!

  36. Vanessa posted on March 14, 2017 at 11:40 am (#

    Holy moly this was delicious. Perfect recipe to deal with today’s blizzard. I used two large loaf pans and had to cook a bit longer than the hour, bout an 1hr 7 min or so.

  37. LAILA posted on March 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm (#

    I’m from Malaysia. Your chock chips banana bread looks delicious. I will definitely try it today. But I have one question. How much is one stick of butter.? In my country we use bar. One bar is 250 gm.
    Thank you for the lovely recipe.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on March 23, 2017 at 8:00 am (#

      Hi Laila! You’ll want to use 113.4 grams of butter, so just a little under one half a bar. :)

  38. irene posted on March 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm (#

    I made this delicious choc. chip banana bread, but I forgot to spray the pan. Can I use spray and flour next time? It stuck to the bottom of the pan, but it was still very good. thanks.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on March 25, 2017 at 9:17 am (#

      Oh no! It’s never any fun when I forget to spray or butter the pan!

      Yes! Spray, spray and flour, or buttering the pan should all work! :)

  39. Krystle posted on March 27, 2017 at 9:32 pm (#

    Just made this tonight. I finally found a go to banana bread recipe! Soooo good! I divided it up into two 9X5 pans and it only took 45 min to bake through. Chocolate chips for kiddo and I in one, none in the other for hubby :) 

  40. Annette Fleming Stockwell posted on April 14, 2017 at 11:11 am (#

    I made the banana bread this morning and it is so light and tasty. Very easy to make. I will freeze one for Easter breakfast and I made two small ones, one to have now and one to give away. Will make this again soon. It doesn’t need to be changed but I love cinnamon and may add just a little next time I make it.

  41. Debbie posted on May 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm (#

    This is the best banana bread! I am usually not a big banana bread fan because it’s usually a little dry with not much taste. But the addition of sour cream made it so moist and we loved the chocolate in every bite. Left out the nuts. Couldn’t stop eating this and can’t wait to make it again. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

  42. Mariana posted on June 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm (#

    Hi, can I use  yogurt instead of sour crean?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm (#

      That should work great! :)

  43. Lauren Prescott posted on June 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm (#

    How many grams is one stick?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 19, 2017 at 6:18 pm (#

      Hi Lauren! 1 stick of butter is 113.4 grams.

  44. Janice posted on June 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm (#

    Absolutely delicious. Best banana muffins I’ve had in a long time.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 22, 2017 at 11:44 pm (#

      I’m so glad you liked them! Thank you for your comment! :)

  45. Megan s posted on October 19, 2017 at 9:34 pm (#

    I made this in one big loaf pan, it was great. It puffed a tiny bit over the edge of the pan but was baked enough nothing spilled out. It had to cook for about 1 hour 25 minutes to be done.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm (#

      I’m glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing! I’ve always made it in 2 loaf pans or 1 loaf and some muffins. Glad you know you can do it in one! :)