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One Bowl Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Streusel 

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Alternate working title “I just wanna eat streusel and make stuff, mmmk?” I mean for real, if I could have streusel for every meal, life would be just about perfect. And coffee I want that too. Want to make banana bread better, make this One Bowl Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Streusel. You will not be sorry!

One Bowl Banana Bread with a Twist!

So when I was making my FAVORITE One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread the other day I was drinking coffee and thought “good grief all I NEED is streusel and this day is a perfect ten.” So I pulled out my no-fail streusel recipe and got busy. Behold the recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Streusel was born.

And if you happen to like muffins better, this recipe is perfect for that too! I’ve got info down below on how to do that!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

Chocolate Chip One Bowl Banana Bread with Streusel

Streusel. I can’t even with streusel. When I make it I love it. When I don’t make it I wish I had made it. I think I might make a giant batch of freezer streusel to put on top of all baked goods. But then I’d probably keep making coffee cakes and quick bread to put it on, and I can imagine that would be a vicious cycle.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

Can You Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins Instead?

Yes! in my experience, most if not ALL quick bread can be made into muffins instead. Quick bread doesn’t have yeast in it. Instead, it relies on the power of ingredients to give it volume, usually soda and an acid, in different combinations.

You can assume that each regular size loaf of quick bread will make roughly 10-12 muffins. And vice-versa almost any muffin recipe will make a loaf of quick bread.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Streusel Topping


What to do with Ripe Bananas

If you’ve got them, toss them in the freezer. It will keep you from getting fruit flies (UGH!), and you’ll be ready to make this EASY one-bowl banana bread which kinda relies on ripe bananas that you’ve frozen.

If your bananas are NOT frozen just use a potato masher to crush them up before adding them to the recipe. The secret to one bowl banana bread is that the bananas MUST be soft! Seriously soft like the kind of soft you get when almost too ripe OR from being in the freezer!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Streusel 
Yield: 5 small loaves

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Streusel 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

GIVE ME ALL THE STREUSEL! This chocolate banana bread brings it with the addition of a streusel topping.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 TPSP butter, cold
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt, optional use if you are using unsalted butter

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3-4 bananas, overripe that have been frozen and then thawed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, or 1/2 cup of milk with a dash of vinegar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, use a mix if you like, whatever you have on hand


  1. preheat the oven to 350˚
  2. to make streusel mix the dry ingredients in the streusel recipe together, then cut in the cold butter with two butter knives or a pastry blender-you can also use a food processor if you like
  3. when mixture looks like crumbs set aside until batter is finished
  4. lightly grease two 8x4 loaf pans OR five small aluminum foil loaf pans
  5. melt the butter, let it cool but not solidify, then stir in the sugar
  6. beat in the eggs, vanilla and cinnamon
  7. next cut the tip off each thawed banana and squeeze into the bowl
  8. stir to combine
  9. mix the flour, salt and soda together in a separate bowl
  10. then add the buttermilk alternately with the flour mixture to the batter, stirring to combine, it will be lumpy and unpretty, if there are still floury spots stir a little longer
  11. stir in the chocolate chips
  12. divide between the loaf pans and sprinkle streusel on the top of each pan, press it in lightly
  13. bake for 45-55 minutes for big loaves or 35-40 minutes for small loaf or until a toothpick comes out moist but without crumbs
  14. cool completely and then store wrapped in the pan unless you want to take the chance of all your streusel coming off


  • you can make two regular loaves with this recipe, I included directions for them in the recipe itself
  • a food processor can be used to make the streusel topping

Nutrition Information


25 slices

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 216Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 34mgSodium 219mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 3g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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