Banana Bread With Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Glaze

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
20 min
55 min

one 9-by-5-inch loaf or three 6-by-3-inch mini loaves

  • For the Bread:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled (or 1/2 cup vegetable oil), plus more for the pan
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Make the banana bread: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter one 9-by-5-inch loaf pan or three 6-by-3-inch mini loaf pans.

Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add the chocolate chips.

Whisk the eggs, melted butter, yogurt, vanilla and orange zest (if using) in a medium bowl. Stir in the mashed banana. Fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just combined.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan(s). Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes for a standard loaf or 35 to 40 minutes for mini loaves. Cool 30 minutes in the pan(s) on a rack, then turn out onto the rack to cool completely.

Make the glaze: Whisk the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, milk, vanilla and salt in a bowl. Pour over the cooled banana bread and let set, 15 to 20 minutes.

Photograph by Charles Masters

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    I made mini loafs last year. Wrapped them in plastic wrap and tied with ribbon then made up a beautiful basket. Gave it to a friend for her Christmas party. She told me later that her Mom and her sat down the night before and ate all of them! So yeah... these are awesome!
    easy to make, the combination of banana and chocolate is wonderful, and yes, the glaze isn't really needed.  
    Have it!
    So moist and I loved the orange zest in this recipe. It was gone rapidly!
    This recipe is probably my favorite. I love the orange flavor from the zest. Next time I would omit the glaze or just make a ganache to drizzle over. The glaze added nothing to an already delicious bread.
    Amazing desert. Made it few times. The recipe which doesn't disappoint from time to time.
    Very Tasty ! Tried this reciepe out on family for first time mine you im not a baker. They absolutely loved it.It was easy,Quick. This was considered to be the best desert they ever tasted. Now I have to double the the reciepe, Been named the best baker ever. Love it!
    i used this recipe , it makes a moist and very fluffy bread , but i don't know why the banana gave a sour taste, i used a cup as per the recipe, as for the glaze it needs butter, i wouldn't repeat it.
    This recipe was ok, I did not care for the taste of the spices and chocolate together like I thought I would.
    This is the best chocolate chip banana bread recipe I've made. I tripled the recipe and used a 13 x 9 inch cake pan instead of a loaf pan. It made the top crispy. My daughter got into it before I could do the glaze, but it really doesn't need it. I will do it next time though, because I am sure it will put it over the top. It really is an awesome bread recipe. I might try the praline liquor instead of the vanilla with it too as another reviewer did. That sounds yummy.
    I modified a bit and loved it. Used half whole wheat flour, no choc chips, no glaze, no cinnamon, nutmeg or zest. I wanted to use as a base for banana bread and like that the recipe had yogurt in it. I substituted Praline liquor for the vanilla (soooo good and added a half dozen roasted and finely chopped figs I needed to use up. So good. I keep sneaking bites all day!
    "Delicious" and "Sweetness" 
    I actually doubled this recipe since I had four half gone banana's=2 cups banana's 
    I like more than less and share with friends, family, and co workers. Mt second pie was topped with a Chunky Peanut Butter Glaze and Cacao 100%.  
    Yummy Five Stars
    This bread was very easy to make, and very tasty too. I made it without the glaze and it was still amazing! When you test the bread, the toothpick comes out with a few crumbs, but that's okay. I think it made the banana bread a little moister, and if I had left it in longer, it probably would have gotten overcooked on the outside. I'm definitely adding this to my recipes!
    This cooks best in a mini muffin pan. It has that crispy outside with moist inside for 50 min in my convection oven. Everyone loves them when I make it and it's always gone. That's without the glaze.
    I made this in my bread machine (quick bread setting last night and it turned out fantastic! Some of the chocolate chips sank to the bottom and turned into a fudgy bottom crust that made the glaze completely unnecessary. It got rave reviews from my husband, so I'll definitely make it again.
    This was a nice change of pace from plain old banana bread. It came out really moist and delicious. I loved the addition of the orange, it gave the bread a nice undertone. I used mini chocolate chips rather than the regular ones thinking it would make it easier to slice and they also go throughout the whole loaf. I may cut back on them just a bit next time I make it. I had no problems getting the loaf out of the pan after only ten minutes. I just used sprayed parchment paper on the bottom. I did not use the glaze, just thought it would be too much for my taste, but I did sprinkle the top before baking with raw sugar that ended up giving it a great texture when you bite into it.
    Love this! Very easy to make! Made a few changes: instead of 1 C of chocolate chips AND the chocolate glaze, I did 1/2 C of chocolate chips, 1/2 C of oats, and sprinkled some brown sugar on top, which gave it a sweet, crispy coat on top! SO GOOD! Gave it 4 stars cause trust me, you're gonna have a chocolate overload if you keep all that chocolate...
    My sisiter alwasys buys the chocolate chip banana bread from Starbucks, so I made this for her birthday. She love love loved it. I didn't add the orange zest though, I felt there would be too much goin on in the bread, also I bought a bottle of chocolate glaze that I think Duncan HInes makes, since I was short on time. But coming back tot he banana bread itself. *Sigh* It was pure heaven.
    Moist and very tasty. Followed recipe exactly and was delish, will make this again:-
    Loved this! We like orange flavor so I doubled the zest. I also cut back the sugar by 1/2 cup and didn't miss it all all due to the sweetness of the chips and glaze. No trouble getting it out of the pan, but I did use Pam baking spray. Will make this again and again and again...........
    This is a fantastic banana bread. It is really easy to make & it comes out super moist. I would also suggest using parchment paper before baking, as others have mentioned. I have been asked to make this again already for this week. You won't be disappointed if you try it!!!
    OMG. I baked it just one time and now everyone wants the recipe.
    It is moist, tasty, and melt in your mouth delicious. The orange zest gives it that extra zing. It is awsome! A definite must try!!
    This was alright, nice and moist but I thought there were too many flavors going on with the spices, banana, and chocolate.
    This banana bread is very flavorful. The orange peel gives it such a nice hint of orange, not to over powering. Will make again.
    Delicious! I made them into muffins and added walnuts! Only baked for 30 minutes. I didn't make them glaze and enjoyed them as a breakfast muffin.
    Super tasty. I'm not a fan of bananas or banana flavored anything, so I made everything according to the recipe, sans banana. It turned out quite well, albeit a little dry and tough. I'm sure I probably over-stirred/over-folded the batter a bit, but it took a while to get all of the dry ingredients incorporated into the wet ingredients. Also, it might just be my oven, but I only put the bread in for about 40 minutes at 350F (instead of the recommended 55 minutes and it was still a bit over-baked/dry. 
    The glaze made this dish! I definitely didn't think it was too sweet, although maybe the addition of banana increases the sweet factor. I'll most likely make this again.
    I made this bread two with the unsalted butter and the other using vegetable oil. The bread with the oil came out just slightly more moist but the flavor was the same in both. I also halved the portions of the glaze and just drizzled it over the breads. Although the breads were flavorful and moist I still prefer the taste of good old banana nut bread.
    This recipe is SO GOOD. If it turns out tough, chances are you over-mixed it. I left out the glaze and used really good quality chocolate chips. Might want to do 3/4 cup of chocolate chips next time. But bananas and chocolate are my fave combo and this did not let me down! The tip below about using parchment paper is a good one, because I couldn't really get the loaf out of the pan even after it cooled.
    Great recipe. Sweet enough without the glaze, but I'll make it when I take it into the office party. No problem getting out of "easy release pan." Easy to half the recipe, used greek yogurt and tablespoon of OJ because that's what was handy, worked out very well.
    Use less sugar! It came out very sweet. I didn't even use the glaze.It also came out tough.
    This is fantastic and incredibly easy to make. I had all of the ingredients already and it only took me like 10 minutes to mix everything together and pop it in the oven! Everyone loved it. I've made it twice in a week already and I'm sure I'll make it again. I would recommend putting parchment at the bottom of the pan before trying to get it out.
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