Super moist banana bread with nutty browned butter and tons of chocolate chips. This is the best banana bread recipe you will ever find! Breakfast, snack, dessert, this brown butter chocolate chip banana bread recipe is it!
I didn't think banana bread could get much better until adding brown butter... total game-changer! The brown butter adds a depth of flavor that makes the banana bread ultra decadent. That nutty flavor with melty chocolate chunks, ugh, match made in heaven!
This brown butter banana bread has the perfect texture! It is moist yet fluffy. We don't make any dry banana bread around here! Moist is the only way! Even if we all cringe at that word.
- Butter: You will need ½ cup of good quality unsalted butter for this banana bread. My favorite butter is Kerrygold.
- Bananas: You know those bananas that are so brown that you think they're bad? Well they're not. Those are the perfect bananas for this banana bread! You will need 3 overripe bananas, mashed. Bananas with just brown specks on them are fine, but will make the flavor of the banana bread more mild.
- Sugar: ½ cup of white sugar is needed for this recipe.
- Brown sugar: You can use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar, just ¼ cup packed. I prefer dark brown sugar since it gives the flavor of this banana bread more molasses.
- Eggs: This recipe calls for 2 eggs at room temperature.
- Vanilla: 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract adds the perfect touch of flavor.
- Milk: You will need ½ cup of whole milk for this banana bread.
- Sour cream: Sour cream in banana bread is the secret ingredient. This is the best way to make your banana bread extra moist. Only 2 tablespoons do the trick!
- Flour: 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour is used in this recipe. If you measure in grams it is 224 grams.
- Baking soda: You will need 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- Salt: Kosher salt helps intensify other flavors in baking. You will need just ½ teaspoon.
- Chocolate Chips: This chocolate chip banana bread calls for ½ cup of chocolate chips. My favorite are semi-sweet, not too sweet and not too bitter!
variations & substitutions
If you don't have 3 bananas, you can substitute applesauce. You can substitute 1 banana for ½ cup of applesauce. Don't substitute more than 1 banana.
No sour cream? No worries! Just use some plain greek yogurt. It can be substituted at a 1:1 ratio. Just make sure it is full fat and not fat free.
Use whatever chocolate is your favorite! I love semi-sweet chocolate! You can also use milk chocolate chips for more sweetness or dark chocolate chips for more bitterness. You can also used a chopped chocolate bar or even mini chocolate chips. Whatever chocolate speaks to you, use it!
tips & tricks
The simply most important part of banana bread is the bananas! As they ripen, they become softer and sweeter. I suggest using bananas that are almost fully brown on the outside. Don't be scared, they aren't old!
For best results, don't over mix. If you mix too much, air pockets will develop in your batter which will make your bread tough. You will know the batter is fully mixed when there are no longer dry streaks.
step by step instructions
1. Preheat & prepare. Preheat your oven to 325F. Line your 9x5 banana bread pan with parchment paper. Then grease it with cooking spray or a stick of butter. Be sure to have your oven be completely preheated by the time the batter is done because the the baking soda that cause the batter to rise are activated as soon as it becomes moist.
2. Brown the butter. Place the butter in a light colored medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter melts, it will begin to foam and sizzle. In about 5-8 minutes from when you started, the melted butter will become golden brown. Once the foam subsides, you will see the milk solids at the bottom be toasty brown. Now remove it from the heat. My favorite way to tell when brown butter is done is by the nutty aroma. You will smell that brown buttery goodness!
Mix the batter. In a large bowl, mix together your wet ingredients: the mashed bananas, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk, and sour cream. Then add the melted brown butter and mix again. Now, add the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until there are just no more dry streaks in the batter. Be careful not to over mix or you will have a tough bread. For the fun part... sprinkle in those heavenly chocolate chips!
4. Pour & bake. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle some more chocolate chips on top for good measure! Bake that baby for 70-80 minutes. If you have the will power, let it cool for about 10 minutes after baking. Then spread a slice with butter and enjoy!
Serve this banana bread fresh out of the oven, spread with butter. I like to enjoy a hearty slice of this delicious banana bread with a cup of coffee during breakfast or old fashioned cocktail after dinner!
To complete your breakfast meal try, cheesecake banana bread, upside down orange cake, or sweet lemon rolls.
storage & reheating
Let your banana bread cool completely (and I mean completely!) before storing. If you store a warmed loaf of bread it will make it soggy.
Store on the counter in a sealed container or wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It will stay good on the counter for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze banana bread! Banana bread actually freezes amazingly. When I make banana bread I usually make two loaves with the intention of freezing the other. Tightly wrap the banana bread in plastic wrap and place in the freezer. When you're ready to eat it, leave the loaf on the counter overnight and it will thaw to room temperature.
If you like warm bread like I do, simply cut a slice of the brown butter banana bread and microwave it for 15-30 seconds.
What is the quickest way to ripen bananas?
- If you have bananas that are not yet ripe that you want to use for banana bread, use this hack! Place the bananas in a brown paper bag. If you have other ripe fruits like apples or pears, place them in the brown bag with the bananas. They produce a gas that will greatly speed up the ripening process of other fruits. This trick will make overripe bananas in 24-36 hours.
What does brown butter do in baking?
- It adds a nutty caramel flavor to the baked good! It makes each treat more decadent and rich. A great ingredient to add when trying to make a showstopper dessert!
How dark is too dark for brown butter?
- When the milk solids at the bottom of the pan are black instead of brown, that means you have burnt butter not brown butter. The perfect brown butter will be golden brown and have specks of toasty brown at the bottom of the pan. Always use a stainless steel or light colored saucepan so that you can see the color of your butter.
Is banana bread better hot or cold?
- There are few desserts that are better cold, and in my opinion, all breads are better warm! Although banana bread is easier to cut and looks better when it is chilled... it tastes best when it is nice & warm with butter spread on top.
how to video
It warms me up to see you make my recipes! Tag me on instagram @essenceeats so I can see your remakes ♡
If you made this recipe, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, please leave a star rating while you're there ☆
Emma Essence says
Thanks so much Christy! Yes, the two best sweet breakfast items combined into one!