Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

October 12, 2018Sew White

My Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips recipe so easy to make and perfect to make to accompany a cup of tea. Whether you call it a banana bread or banana loaf I’m sure we can agree it’s delicious.

Banana bread is one of my favourite sweet treats and it feels very autumnal to me. Enjoying a slice when it’s still warm and you’ve cuddled up with a glass of milk and blanket to read a book is my idea of heaven.

warm Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips decorated with slices of banana

I love how the banana slices catch a little in the oven making them go brown giving the top of a bread a beautiful rich and golden look. It also smells wonderful.

Baking with bananas

Bananas are a wonderful item to bake with and if you haven’t tried before then this Banana bread is a great start. They have the versatility to have different levels of sweetness with how ripe they are too. For this banana bread I like them slightly green towards the harder green end of the ripe scale as they soften when baked. If you use very sweet bananas, when they start going black, they are so soft they will almost melt into the mixture.

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips on a plate with sunflowers

Banana Bread with or without chocolate chips?

Apparently I am a bit of heathen for adding chocolate to the banana bread but why not! Banana and chocolate go together and make it sweeter and a little more like dessert, especially if it’s warm with a bit of custard or ice cream.
If you don’t like chocolate this recipe works without it.

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips with dessert fork and milk

The banana bread recipe

5 from 4 votes

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Sisley White


  • 125 g butter
  • 175 g soft brown sugar eg, light muscovado
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 125 ml milk
  • 3 medium sized bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan). Grease and line a 1lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth (by hand or electric mixer).

  3. Add the eggs one at a time and stir in well.

  4. Sift in half the flour with the bicarbonate of soda and salt, and mix.

  5. Add in the milk and stir in followed by the remaining flour, chocolate chips and vanilla.

  6. Cut up the bananas in to small chunks (or mash them up) and then fold them in to the mixture.
  7. Fill the loaf tin with the mixture and bake for around one hour until golden brown and until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cover the top with foil if it starts to brown too quickly.
  8. Allow to cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes before turning out. To serve, cut into thick slices and serve warm or at room temperature.

How would you enjoy it? Hot fresh out of the oven with maybe some ice cream or cream or wait until it’s cold and enjoy with a cup of tea.

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  • Choclette

    October 17, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    That looks so delicious Sisley that I’m now craving a slice and banana bread isn’t normally my favourite thing. Chocolate chips help of course 😉5 stars

    1. Sew White

      October 17, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Oh yeah! Chocolate chips help so much in life.

  • Emma

    October 17, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I love banana bread and this looks so delicious and moist! Also love how you’ve decorated it with slices of banana on top!

    1. Sew White

      October 17, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      thank you. I was so nervous they’d fall into the bake as it was cooking but luckily it worked!

  • Kavita Favelle

    October 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I adore banana bread / cake and I like the sound of it with chocolate chips though I’ve never added them! Next time!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      October 21, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      You must. It elevates it to an incredible lovely bake.

  • Lucy @ Bakingqueen74

    October 27, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    What a wonderful banana loaf it looks so good and I love the banana chunks on top! Perfect Sunday baking I think

    1. Sew White

      October 30, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      I was amazed at well they caramalised on top. A little extra flavour in the bake.

  • Haley

    December 11, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    When you think banana bread can’t get any better you go and put chocolate chips on it.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      December 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Aww thank you <3 so many things are better with chocolate chips added in.

  • Christina

    January 9, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Tried out this recipe over Christmas and it was delicious! I’m not much of a baker and I’d never made banana bread before, but the pictures made it look too tempting not to try. The instructions were clear and easy to follow and it turned out lovely in the end. Tasted great both hot and cold! 5 stars

    1. Sew White

      January 10, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you Christina that is so kind of your to say.

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