Mimi's Organic Eats » Brownie & Bar Recipes » Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars

These Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars are perfect to make when you have overly ripe bananas! I make these in a 8 x 8-inch pan, add chocolate chips, and you have an amazing snack!

If you love banana bread, check out my Eggless Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Blueberry Banana Bread, or my Maple Brown Sugar Banana Bread.

chocolate chip banana bread bars

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Uses Overly Ripe Bananas: You'll love this recipe because it uses overly ripe bananas! If you have blackened bananas this is a quick and easy recipe to make! These Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars are a delicious snack or dessert!

Mini Banana Bread: These Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars are just like your favorite banana bread, but in a small mini squares . They are moist, fluffy, and have all the banana bread vibes, but in a bar form. You can basically make any banana bread recipe into bars simply by changing your pan!

Flexible: I used my USA Pan 8 x 8-inch pan for this recipe, but you can also use a 9 x 9-inch pan as well. That extra inch won't matter too much in this recipe, the larger pan will just result in a little bit larger and shorter bar. So, you can use either square pan size you have on hand.

chocolate chip banana bread bars
chocolate chip banana bread bars

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars

Organic Salted Butter

My favorite organic butter is from Organic Valley, and next favorite is from Costco!

Organic Light Brown Sugar

I am using Homemade Light Brown Sugar in this recipe today.

Organic Bananas

Make sure your bananas are very ripe, and black almost! The blacker the better. This provides more flavor in your baked goods.

Organic Sour Cream

I use organic sour cream in this recipe, as there are no eggs! Sour cream helps create a moist cake and also give this banana bread some structure. I used Organic Valley Sour Cream in this recipe.

Organic Milk

Always use whole milk when baking. I love Organic Valley Grassmilk, as I think milk from grass-fed cows tastes better!

Organic All Purpose Flour

I used Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour in this recipe. You can use King Arthur or even the O Organics brand from Vons, both of which I also like.

Organic Cinnamon

I use organic Korintje Cinnamon from Frontier Co-Op. Korintje Cinnamon is a specific type of cinnamon that I believe has the best cinnamon flavor. This isn't the traditional cinnamon you usually see at the grocery store, that is usually Ceylon – which I find doesn't have the best flavor. So, give my favorite cinnamon a try and I bet you'll notice a difference in your baked goods.

Organic Dark Chocolate Chips

I used organic chocolate chips from Nuts.com in this recipe. You can easily order these online, and also in bulk! You could also use semi sweet or milk chocolate if you prefer!

chocolate chip banana bread bars

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

USA Pan 8 x 8-inch Pan

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

chocolate chip banana bread bars
chocolate chip banana bread bars

Subscribe to Mimi's Organic Eats Channel

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for all the latest videos. Bake and cook along with John John and me on YouTube!

Subscribing is easy and just by subscribing, you are directly supporting my site!

woman sharing cookies with pug in kitchen
chocolate chip banana bread bars

How to Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted the paddle attachment, add the butter and brown sugar and mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of butter.

Add the bananas, sour cream, and milk and mix on low until combined. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt in that order and mix on low until combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix on low until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. 

Step 3

Bake for 1 hour or until the a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions). Allow to cool in the pan completely. Cut into 9 bars.

chocolate chip banana bread bars

FAQ's

How ripe should bananas be for banana bread?

Bananas should be very ripe for banana bread. They should be soft, mushy, and blackened. When bananas ripen, the starches turn into sugar. This sugar is what provides more banana flavor and a more flavorful banana bread when you use blackened bananas.

Can you make banana bread not in a loaf pan?

Yes, that is exactly what I did here. I made an eggless banana bread loaded with chocolate chips and I baked this in a square 8 x 8-inch pan. You can also use a 9 x 9-inch pan for this recipe as well, they just won't be as tall. I chose the 8 x 8-inch pan so these bars would look very thick.

Can you leave out vanilla extract?

If you notice, this recipe doesn't have any vanilla extract. That is rare for a baked good recipe! However, vanilla extract is very expensive, so I like to make sure it's truly needed when I use it. And, in this recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars, the bananas have so much flavor and I also add in a pinch of cinnamon so there is no need for vanilla extract in this recipe. So, this is a great recipe to make when you're out of vanilla extract!

What goes well with banana bread?

So many things! These Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars go well with a tall glass of milk. Our favorite kind of milk is Organic Valley Grassmilk, please try it if you haven't yet! These Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars also go well with ice cream, coffee, and tea.

Is it better to wrap banana bread in foil or plastic wrap?

Never wrap banana bread in foil, as banana bread is moist so it needs to be in something that is airtight. Foil is not an airtight covering, so it's not good for things that need to stay moist, soft, or chewy. You can wrap banana bread in plastic wrap as long as you do it tightly. But, my favorite way to store these Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars is in a Tupperware. It's more eco friendly, and it stays the best in an airtight container.

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

You May Also Like

chocolate chip banana bread bars

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars

Mimi Council
Just like your favorite banana bread, but in a bar form. These moist banana bread bars are loaded with dark chocolate chips for a snack you can enjoy any time of day.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 9 bars
Calories 406 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted the paddle attachment, add the butter and brown sugar and mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of butter.
  • Add the bananas, sour cream, and milk and mix on low until combined.
  • Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt in that order and mix on low until combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and mix on low until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until the a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan completely.
  • Cut into 9 bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

Gluten Free — Replace the all purpose flour with 191 grams (scant 1 ¼ cups) gluten free flour blend.
High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 5gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 331mgPotassium: 327mgFiber: 2gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 397IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 2mg
Want more recipes?Follow along on @mimisorganiceats for more inspiration!

Subscribe to Mimi's Organic Eats!

mimi council in the kitchen

Did you like this post?

If you liked this post, it would be amazing if you left a rating and comment below! Make sure to check out my Cranberry Orange Apple Bread recipe, which I'm sure you'll love too!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




*