Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Ah, banana bread. I feel bad for it sometimes. As much as I like it, it’s usually an afterthought. I never plan to make it. It’s only when I spot overripe bananas that I start contemplating what to bake with them.

For a little variety this time around, I went with the banana-chocolate combo. This bread is quite generous in the chocolate department.

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While you can certainly use chocolate chips, I went with the recipe’s suggestion of chopping chocolate. This gives you varying pieces of chocolate, including little thin slivers. The result is lots and lots of chocolate ribboned throughout the bread and more than plenty in every bite.

This bread bakes up nice and tall. Be sure your loaf pan is nice and tall, too, to avoid heartbreak. Another word of caution: It can be a bit tricky to test for doneness with all that chocolate. You may need to test it in more than one spot near the center to make sure it’s thoroughly baked.

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes


  • 1 & 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (about 3-4 bananas)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped


Preheat oven to 350°. Generously grease a 9"x 5" loaf pan.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla, and continue beating until combined.

Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in chocolate.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer bread to wire rack to cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Everyday Food.

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  1. Living the Sweet Life August 22, 2012 Reply

    Banana bread, is hardly ever on my agenda as well – – but once I make it, I’m always so happy. Chunks are a great idea, I love the fact that you can see the mounds of chocolate ~ yum!!

  2. Melanie August 22, 2012 Reply

    I agree with LTSL above–it is an afterthought, but at least it’s a thought! It’s always better than I remember it, and once I started adding chocolate chips (just last year) it has made it’s way into a more regular rotation at my joint. But chocolate chunks and slivers?! The next level of awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sasha August 22, 2012 Reply

    Mmmm…. I have a PILE of bananas in the freezer and I keep meaning to make banana bread. You’re right – it’s an afterthought. Even when I plan it I don’t seem to get to it!!

  4. Annamaria August 22, 2012 Reply

    Definitely looks delicious. Bigger chocolate chunks are worth it in my book.

  5. Lucia August 22, 2012 Reply

    It looks great! i love this kind of breads, I did one this month for my blog and it looked very similar but with nuts and some orange too.

  6. Fork and Whisk August 22, 2012 Reply

    I love banana bread but have never had it with chocolate chunks before. Looks delicious. Going to have to try this out.

  7. Erin @ Texanerin Baking August 23, 2012 Reply

    Wow. That looks incredibly moist. I’m happy you posted this because it reminds me that I need to buy some bananas for some banana bread. :) My husband loves it so I actually plan to make it pretty often. I love it, but I’m allergic to bananas so don’t really get to eat it. Can’t get over how moist it looks!

  8. Riley August 23, 2012 Reply

    There’s no way this could not be great. Chocolate makes everything better!

  9. Jesse DeLuca August 24, 2012 Reply

    I haven’t tried chocolate with banana bread either but by the looks of the results, I’ve been missing out. Won’t miss out next batch for sure.

  10. Taryn August 24, 2012 Reply

    Banana bread is probably one of my top 5 favorite kinds of food – this looks to die for!

  11. Cakes Cakes Cakes August 26, 2012 Reply

    I thought i already had the perfect banana bread recipe, but yours looks so much better. I’m definitely going to try it :).

  12. Dee Robinson August 30, 2012 Reply

    I made the bread yesterday. It turned out great. Thanks for the idea.

  13. Dee Robinson September 2, 2012 Reply

    Bread was delicious, but most of my chunks fell to bottom. Do you have any suggestions?

  14. jennifer September 4, 2012 Reply

    Dee, some people swear by tossing the chocolate chips in part of the recipe’s flour before mixing them into the batter. In my experience, I find that many times you can prevent the chips sinking by not overmixing the batter. You want there to be some streaks of flour in the batter when you add the chocolate chunks so that the batter is just mixed after you stir in the chocolate.

  15. Taylor December 21, 2012 Reply

    I found this recipe on pinterest and made it. My sister said it was the best banana bread she had ever had, which I had to agree with. So thanks!

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