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Delicious and moist chocolate chip banana bread – perfect way to use up bananas, and it’s just SO yummy!



To explain from the beginning… I can’t eat banana. Banana makes me poorly, which is why there have never been any banana related recipes on my blog. I’ve mentioned this ~several~ times, but you lot still want them. 

Chocolate chip banana bread

The second reason it has taken so long to get them to you, is I was having to get my family to taste test – and their “yeah it’s good!” wasn’t really descriptive enough. It’s hard to test a bake that you shouldn’t eat! 

Anyway… several banana breads later, and several taste testers later, I am 100% certain that this is delicious – and the chocolate chips are my little flare of yay! But, these are optional. For something with a little bit extra, try my Biscoff banana bread – YUM!

So! I was inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction for this one – but altered slightly to suit what I found worked personally for me! However, I am no banana bread expert. 


I wanted the banana bread to fit my favourite and now well used loaf cake tin (this one) and it does perfectly! I realise you can make banana bread in basically any shape or whatever, but a loaf tin seemed ideal for a ‘bread’!


For the sponge itself – it’s quite simple! The best trick I found was the easiest way to mash up your bananas is using the mixer! I shove the very over ripe and squidgy bananas in the bowl with the paddle attachment and mix till they’re mushed! Easy! 

The sponge is easier when you reverse the basics of a normal cake – cream together the butter and sugar,  the wet then add in the dry ingredients. It will look rather disgusting at the beginning, middle and end, but what do you expect from a mix full of mushed up fruit?! 

Soured cream

I used soured cream as I found it baked best with it – and 4 large ripe bananas worked best for me. Banana bread doesn’t rise that much so it will look like a lot of mix, but trust me it works! 


I obviously decided to add in the chocolate chips, but these are 100% optional – I just couldn’t resist. I wanted the recipe to be ever so slightly different, and also my taste testers adored the addition! Either way, I hope you adore this recipe! Enjoy! 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!

Delicious and moist chocolate chip banana bread - perfect way to use up bananas, and it's just SO yummy!
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Category: Cake
Type: Cake
Keyword: banana, Loaf cake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 10 Slices!
Author: Jane's Patisserie


  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g light brown sugar
  • 250 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 75 g soured cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan and line a 2lb loaf tin with parchment paper!
  • Mush your bananas up until they're soft and mushy!
  • In a new bowl, add your butter and sugar and beat until smooth and light.
  • Add in your eggs, banana, soured cream and vanilla and beat again - it may look gross, but roll with me.
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon and beat again until combined!
  • Fold through the chocolate chips - pour into the tin!
  • Bake in the oven for 60-70 minutes - after 30 minutes, quickly and carefully cover lightly with foil to stop it browning too much!
  • Once baked, leave to cool fully and enjoy!


  • This recipe is inspired by Sally's Baking Addiction
  • The baking time can vary, but it shouldn't take much longer at all than the recipe says - a skewer might not necessarily come out clean because of the chocolate!
  • This recipe will last for 4-5 days easily - and tastes amazing throughout! 
  • I recommend using this cake tin to bake the recipe in

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  1. Amy on April 23, 2024 at 5:15 pm

    Hi, I was wondering how I could go about making this a triple chocolate banana cake? Would I replace some of the flour with cocoa powder? Love the idea of a rich chocolate banana loaf!

  2. Amy on January 2, 2024 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I don’t have any brown sugar, could i use normal caster sugar?


  3. Sally on December 20, 2023 at 6:01 am

    Hi Jane. I wonder if I could use either buttermilk or natural yoghurt in exchange for the soured cream? I’m desperately trying to use up the stuff in my fridge as well as fruit bowl before my big Christmas food delivery arrives 😊🎄🎅🏻

  4. Kelsey on December 6, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Can the banana bread be frozen?? Thanks 🙂
    Absolutely love the recipe, but I’m the only one who loves it so I always have lots left over!

  5. Jasmine on October 2, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Hello. Is it possible to make the batter a few days before baking and then bake it? Thank you!

  6. Beth on August 6, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Hello! My go to banana bread recipe, I always get huge compliments on it. I’m wondering if I can make it into muffins/cupcakes instead and what the cooking time would be? Thanks 😊

    • Rachel Kirkman on January 6, 2024 at 10:51 am

      I always have too much mixture for my loaf tin so use
      the extra to make muffins. They take 30 mins in my
      oven at 160 x

  7. Rosie on May 15, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    Can I use creme fraiche instead of soured cream?

  8. Leigh on May 7, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane. I don’t have sour cream or natural yoghurt to hand. Does this matter? Can I use something else?


    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2023 at 9:35 am

      Hiya! Yes, you do need to use one of the other for good results!

  9. Ella Huddy on May 6, 2023 at 1:44 am

    4 stars
    The recipe is absolutely delicious I’ve made it 4 times however it’s always too wet near the bottom/middle. I’ve tried more flour, less banana, looking baking time but nothing is working!! What can I do?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 7, 2023 at 10:03 am

      Hiya! It may be the tin you are using? Try slightly less mix (some loaf tins really vary in size even though they are called the same size) so it may help! x

  10. Mitchell on March 28, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    Hey I only have 2 medium eggs will this still work?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 30, 2023 at 1:13 pm

      Hiya! Unfortunately you would have to replace the missing egg with more banana or more soured cream. Hope this helps! x

  11. Ann on February 7, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    I have made the banana loaf several times, both with & without chocolate chips.
    I can honestly say yours is the BEST recipe (& I have made banana loaves for years).
    I have a lot of Dark Muscovado Sugar in the cupboard & wondered if I could use some of it up
    with my next bake? Have you any suggestions of other recipes where I could use the Dark Muscovado?
    Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 10, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Hiya! You could try blending the sugar to a finer grain to enable you to use it in more bakes perhaps? & Thank you so much! x

  12. Christine on January 14, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Hi jane,can this be done vegan without eggs?xxx

  13. Laura on November 16, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Tastes amazing but I’ve made this twice now and both times only the top has cooked and the bottom is undercooked. I’ve cooked at 160 for 75 mins and still undercooked. I’m following everything else to the exact detail. Please help?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 16, 2022 at 10:23 am

      Hiya! Your tin may be a slightly different size as loaf tins vary, and it may be worth getting an oven thermometer to double check your oven temp. Bare in mind though, banana bread is naturally more stodgy and dense! Hope this helps x

  14. Clare on October 29, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Hi Jane, could use stork instead of unsalted butter? Thank you x

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 3, 2022 at 8:10 pm

      Yes absolutely! x

  15. Rose on October 20, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Jane I only have three bananas, would that be okay or would that not be enough?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 21, 2022 at 10:58 am

      Hiya! As long as they’re pretty big it should be okay! Hope this helps! x

  16. Maristela Borges on September 3, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! just made this recipe and the bread plumped up nicely, I left it to cool and kind of collapsed a bit on the top, is this normal? or have I done something wrong?
    Discovered your site through a friend, second recipe I have made. I not sure where you are located, but I’m baking from the UK!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 14, 2022 at 4:21 pm

      Hiya! Sadly this sounds as though it was slightly under baked. Enjoy & happy baking! x

  17. Elaine Mcgarry on October 25, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Made this yesterday and it’s lovely but was quite wet is this normal or have I done something wrong

  18. Rosalynd Connelly on July 25, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    5 stars
    I love this recipe, so easy to make and my toddler LOVES it! I’m sure her daddy has been sneaking slices too 😂

    Also! Love the new site layout. Only thing is I love the stories/blogs with the recipes like the carrot Bundt cake where you & your flat mate bought too many carrots lol 😂 I love hearing about the inspiration to the recipes but can’t seem to see it in the new version, maybe I’m missing something on the mobile site or something 🤔
    Anyways! Love ALL your recipes Jane! You rock

  19. Andria Neophytou on July 7, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    5 stars
    This was super easy to make!! Thank you so much I had a lot of mixture so made 2 little cupcakes for my mum as I was taking the loaf to a dinner and it was super yummy!!! Excited to cut into it later! Have also made your brownies and blondies…..can’t wait for the book!

  20. Rebecca on April 21, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Hey Jane,

    Just for my own curiosity, why do people add sour cream to cakes and banana bread?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 26, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      Hey! Sour cream, natural yogurt etc just help the bake because the recipe isn’t a standard recipe xx

  21. Evie on April 16, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! Hope you’re having a wonderful day 🙂 This looks delightful and I can’t wait to make it – just waiting on my bananas! I was wondering if you used milk or dark chocolate chips in this, or a mix of both? 🙂 Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 17, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      Hey! Aw thank you so much, you too! You can use either!xx

  22. Holly on March 30, 2021 at 11:17 am

    5 stars
    I just used this recipe and made them as banana muffins instead. I halved the amount of mixture and cooked for about 30 minutes. They are delicious!! They are definitely more cake like than bread like but honestly so moist and so sweet! I will definitely be making again!!

  23. Loraine O'Neill on March 29, 2021 at 7:43 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for another great recipe Jane!made this over the weekend. Only had 3 bananas but added 100g of chopped walnuts to it too. Best Banana bread I’ve tasted!

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 29, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      Hey!! I am so glad you loved it!xx

  24. Holly on March 21, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane 🙂

    Love the recipe! I was wondering can it be frozen?


  25. Jodie on March 9, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my god!!! Sooooo yummy!!!
    I took this into work and even the people that don’t like cake loved it!! Thanks Jane!!xx

  26. Louise on February 21, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    5 stars
    I was sceptical about the sour cream (and what it looked like half way through) but this is definitely one of the best banana breads I’ve made! This will be my go-to recipe for sure.

    I mix up some porridge oats with brown sugar and sprinkle on top for a nice crust. 🤗

  27. Amy Johnson on November 25, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing Recipe. Thank you lovely. I can’t wait to make White chocolate and raspberry blondies next

  28. Jenny on November 23, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, tried this recipe over the weekend and it tasted absolutely amazing. Just one thing I noticed, my bread wasn’t very ‘bread-ey’. It was more soft and soggy. Should I have left it longer in the oven?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 23, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      It is more of a soft cake compared to bread, but it may have needed a bit longer x

  29. Imogen Holgate on October 15, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! Just about to make this and wondered if you leave to cool completely in the tin or take it out and leave to cool on a wire rack after a certain amount of time? Thank you 🙂 xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 15, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      I often just leave it to cool in the tin fully, but you can take it out after 10 minutes or so if you’re gentle!! xx

  30. Alex on October 5, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Hi, I’m wanting to make a banana sponge cake 4 inch / 4 layers. Could I use this recipe or would I have to do something different? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 6, 2020 at 11:57 am

      I’m sure you can give it a go, although I haven’t tried it! X

  31. Lauren on September 6, 2020 at 10:02 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane

    Love all your recipes, I tried so many of them. Thank you so much For all the hard work you do.
    I always have a slight issue that when I add chocolate chip to any type of cake my chocolate chips always sink to the bottom. Is there any tips you have to stop this happening?

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 7, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      You can try freezing the chocolate chips, covering them in flour, or sprinkling them on top rather than mixing in before baking! x

  32. Claire on August 21, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! The kids have requested it for our camping trip can I make it a couple of days before and freeze it do you think?

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 22, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Yeah I’m sure that’ll be fine!!

  33. Debbie on August 18, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Jane, I’m making a mini version of this for someone, in a 1lb loaf tin (half the recipe amounts) Please can you suggest the timing for this? Apologies if you’ve mentioned this somewhere and I’ve missed it!

    • Jane's Patisserie on August 19, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      I’m afraid I am unsure as I haven’t made a half size one before – I would assume about 40 minutes but that could be wrong! x

  34. Ava on July 25, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    5 stars
    Really easy to follow!
    Very yummy recipe – I actually melted the butter and it made mixing so much better. Was wondering if I wanted to add pecans/walnuts then should choco chips be reduced?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 25, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      You could probably add 150g of walnuts and leave the chocolate chips in! x

  35. Marjan on July 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane I’ve followed all your other yummy recipes and have loved them all! I love the taste of the banana bread and have used the recipes exactly as stated how my bread comes out too dense and a little soggy, would you have any idea what it could be or what I could do to turn it more fluffy and light? Maybe more baking powder to make it rise ? I’m really not too sure

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 21, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      You could try more baking powder yes! Generally banana bread is more dense than a cake, but more baking powder should solve that!

  36. Jemma on July 18, 2020 at 9:41 am

    5 stars
    Only have ripe bananas and just can’t wait to bake! 🙁 Would ripening the bananas in the oven beforehand work and keep the flavour?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 18, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      Yeah that should work fine – I’ve done it myself and it works well!

  37. Carla Davis on June 21, 2020 at 11:55 am

    5 stars
    Hi! Does the butter need to be melted for this recipe? I’m thinking it does but thought I’d double check!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 21, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      No – it doesn’t x

    • Sarah on October 3, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Jane

      Can I leave out the sour cream? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 6, 2021 at 9:33 am

      No, you need to use it, or use a natural yoghurt as an alternative! x

  38. Imogen on June 19, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I have only got large eggs, should I still use three?


    • Jane's Patisserie on June 19, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      Yeah that will be fine for banana bread!

  39. Kelly Long on June 16, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Can I use fat free Greek yoghurt instead of sour cream?
    Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 16, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      I personally don’t recommend using fat-free anything in baking as the results can be not as good, but in general natural yoghurts are a good swap for soured cream!

  40. Chelsea on June 16, 2020 at 10:26 am


    I can’t seem to get any light brown sugar, I have dark brown or granulated what would work best?


    • Jane's Patisserie on June 16, 2020 at 10:35 am

      I would personally use 50/50 of the two! X

  41. Gemma on June 2, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Hi I’m wanting to do this cake but dont have any soured cream can I leave it out ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      You’d want to substitute it for something else such as buttermilk, or a natural yoghurt!

  42. amy hathaway on May 14, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    5 stars
    Sinse the lockdown I have made a few of your recipes and wow I’m literally like star baker!
    The raspberry and white chocolate loaf was stunning!
    I’ve also made the lemon drizzle cakes and they were a huge success my son absolutely loved them!!
    Today I am making the banana loaf and can’t wait to try it!
    Thanks so much for your easy step by step recipes I can’t wait to try some more out xxx

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 14, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      Ahh thank you! I’m glad you like the recipes!

    • Emily on May 22, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Does the tin have to be a loaf tin? Would it be possible to substitute for a normal cake tin? Thank you! 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 22, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      You can definitely do a different tin – but timings will depend on size! x

  43. Georgia on May 12, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Smells amazing and is so easy to follow, love making it but loved eating it more

  44. Imogen on May 4, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe is so so good and light! I changed the chocolate chips for bits of fudge and layered sugared bananas on top and it was delicious!! Just curious though – why do you use soured cream? I added it and it was still yummy!! Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 4, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      I use soured cream as it helps keep the cake nice and moist and it makes a much better cake – but you can use a natural yoghurt instead for example!

  45. Ashleigh on May 4, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    5 stars
    Another great tasting recipe and the eyes were so easy to follow!

    • Helen on February 7, 2022 at 6:50 pm

      5 stars
      The loaf tastes amazing! Quick question though, I had baked it for 70 minutes and all looked good but once I took it out the oven it deflated, why might this be? Is there a way to stop this happening? Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 15, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      HIya! Sadly this means they are underbred, or you may have opened the door too early! Hope this helps! x

  46. Lauren on May 4, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    5 stars
    I made this at the weekend for my family and it was a massive hit!
    Only just started baking properly (lockdown problems 😂) but your recipes are so easy to follow even for me! Going to try a lot more of your recipes!

  47. Lior on April 26, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I discovered your website about six months ago and have been using it ever since! So far all has been absolutely fabulous! Thank you

  48. Katie on April 21, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing Recipe!!
    I baked this last night because I had bananas and I wanted something other than normal banana bread and I’ve had two pieces for breakfast. Such a good recipe, would definitely recommend.

  49. Grace Roberts on April 20, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Jane!

    Is it 398 calories for the whole loaf or per slice ? Xx

  50. Abbie on April 18, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Hi Jane can I use either caster sugar, golden caster sugar or light brown soft sugar please?x

  51. Amy on April 7, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Hi Jane! I’m unfortunately allergic to cinnamon. Would it be ok to miss out this ingredient? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 7, 2020 at 9:14 am

      Yes you can!

    • Adie Roberts on April 30, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Hi Jane I have demerara sugar sitting in the cupboard could this be used instead of light brown sugar

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 30, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Yes, you definitely can!

  52. Catrin Mari Killa on April 4, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Hiya can I use plain flour? I don’t have self raising and also can I use natural Greek yoghurt instead of sour cream? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 4, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      Yes you can, if you still want it to rise though you need to add in another 2tsps baking powder at least! And yes, natural yoghurt will work!

  53. Poppy Fuller on April 3, 2020 at 11:31 am

    hiya would it be possible to use gluten free self raising?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 3, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      Yes! I’d add in 1/2tsp xantham gum if you have it!

  54. Robyn on April 1, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Hi, is there any thing i can use as a replacement instead of soured cream? Xx

  55. Paige on March 27, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Hi Jane, I’m wanting to make some banana cupcakes using this recipe just wondering if I can use this or should I change how much I put in ? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 27, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      Yes you can use this – bake for probably 18-22 minutes or so! I would stick to the quantities though, and just fill them 2/3 of the way.

    • Lauea on May 16, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      I want to make this but have only got large eggs, will that work?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 16, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Yes that should be fine!! x

  56. Angela on March 3, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Jane , i cant wait to try this, can you suggest a dairy Free alternative for the sour cream at all please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 11, 2020 at 8:42 pm

      Hello! I imagine a dairy free yoghurt should work!

    • Amy Redman on September 16, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      Hi I love this recipe but wondering if you could
      Use raspberries instead of choc chips

  57. Ella on March 2, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, this was so good! Please can you do a banoffee version of this? X

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