This easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is the perfect snack for any time of day!
Bananas have about a one day life span for me. There’s this perfect, tiny window of ripeness before they become completely inedible. Despite this, I’ll still buy an entire bunch knowing full well that I won’t eat 6 bananas during that one perfect day. So I end up throwing the overripe inedible bananas into the freezer to be used at a later date. And they sit there, and they accumulate, until it gets to be a little out of control and I realize I need to make banana bread.
Banana bread is one of those things that you can have at any time of the day. I have been known to have it for breakfast more often than I probably should, considering it’s loaded with chocolate chips. I like my banana bread with some kind of addition — chocolate chips and/or walnuts usually, but you can totally leave both of those out and it would still be delicious.
I wish I could say this is the best banana bread I’ve ever had, but sadly, it’s not. The BEST banana bread EVER (and my husband can vouch for this) is on Maui. But NOT the place you’re probably thinking. Not the “Halfway to Hana” stand that everyone talks about (though their stuff is damn good too). The best stuff we had was at the Old Lahaina Luau. It came around at the end of the meal and it was so good that we asked for more AND got some to go.
Seriously, this was some legit banana bread. I don’t know what they put in it, but I’ve tried to replicate it with no success. It did not have any additions (no nuts or chocolate), but it was heavenly. And it had this crunchy, cinnamon sugary topping that basically made the bread. Someone get me this recipe, please!
For now, I’ll have to settle for my non-Maui banana bread, which is really yummy too, I promise! I’m not really selling this recipe, am I? Truth is, nothing can compete with that Maui banana bread, but this is as good as it gets for a close second!
Coincidentally, Starbucks on Maui also had amazing banana bread that was completely different from any other Starbucks banana bread I’ve ever had. Obviously Hawaii has this banana bread thing down to a science.
This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is the perfect mix of flavors and textures. You can have it plain if you like, or load it up like I do. If you’re a banana bread fan like I am, or you have copious amounts of bananas sitting on your counter, or taking up space in your freezer, this recipe is for you!
Tips for this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:
- I use semi-sweet chocolate chips and walnuts, but you could leave those out or use any other kind of additions you like.
- If you use BOTH 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of walnuts, your 9×5″ loaf pan will be quite full. Mine didn’t spill over while baking, but it can or create a bit of a lip. So just be wary of that and either bake in a larger loaf pan or reduce the chocolate chips, or make muffins with the extra batter.
- Mine took a sold 1h and 10mins to bake but it may take more or less depending on your oven. If it starts to get too dark on the top, just tent it with some tin foil.
- If you’re a banana bread lover, be sure to check out my Triple Chocolate Banana Bread (a fave), and my Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease bottom only of a 9×5″ loaf pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt to combine. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3mins).
- Add eggs one at a time, fully incorporating after each addition. Add in bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
- Add in flour mixture and mix just until incorporated.
- Fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Approx 1h 10mins.
- Cool in pan on wire rack for 10mins. Loosen the sides of the loaf from the pan, remove, and place onto cooling rack to cool completely.