Banana Chocolate Chip Bars {Farmhouse Style}

Mashed bananas and applesauce make these homemade Banana Chocolate Chip Bars so easy and delicious! It’s hard to beat fresh banana bread with warm chocolate chips for breakfast or a snack.

stack of warm banana bars with chocolate chips

If you enjoy this recipe you may also enjoy our Cream Cheese Danish Crescent Rolls.

Banana Bars with Chocolate Chips Recipe

Slightly overripe bananas are mashed up into a common banana bread recipe and sprinkled with chocolate chips to make the most delicious treat!

These Banana Bars with Chocolate Chips are a favorite on our farmhouse table!  We love making this spin on banana bread into a bar and adding plenty of chocolate chips! Even better, this quick bread can be mixed up and baked in about 30 minutes.

Banana bars are so quick to mix up and bake. Simple flavors make one of my favorite recipes.

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This base dough mix would taste great in muffins, a loaf of banana bread or in bars.  We like the chocolate chip banana bars because they are the quickest to make!  Spreading the batter in 9 x 9-inch baking pan is quicker than spooning out into muffins and bakes much more quickly than a loaf of bread.

9x9 pan of chocolate chip banana bars

We have enjoyed these basic banana bars with chocolate chips so much that we made another version of Loaded Banana Bars here.  If you have a more complex palate and like a little crunch in your bite be sure to check out our Loaded Banana Bars and Banana Pecan Bread too!

A Simple Toddle Snack Recipe

This recipe will always hold a special place in my heart because my one year old snuck up to the table while I was taking pictures and started picking the chocolate chips out of the bars.  However, you eat these enjoy them!  We do share a love for warm melted chocolate in a piece of delicious banana bread!

My mother-in-law shared this recipe with me and I’m grateful because it’s so good!  All of the ingredients can be tossed in the mixing bowl and ready to bake before the oven is preheated.  These are the kind of quick recipes that we love!  I also like that this is a smaller batch of banana bars, so we can enjoy a breakfast and a couple of snacks before they get old.  We do store extra bars in the refrigerator.

Baking dish of chocolate chips melted into a 9 x 9 inch pan of banana bars.

Ingredients Needed

Mashed Bananas – slightly overripe, but not too brown and mushy bananas work best and create the best flavor. This is the point where a black spot or two may be beginning to form, but are sparse. Trim out any bad spots in the bananas before using.

Applesauce – unsweetened is best, but sweetened works fine too. Applesauce is a great source of moisture in the bread!

Eggs – provide protein and other nutrients, structure and richness.

Sugar – because we like recipes to be a little sweeter.

All-purpose flour – The main ingredient and substance in this recipe.

Baking soda – Helps the bread rise, be sure this ingredient is mixed evenly throughout the entire batter to work properly.

Cinnamon – Adds a warm flavor to baked goods.

Salt – gives balance to the bread.

Lightly browned homemade banana bars with chocolate chips

Recipe Tips

  • 1 1/4 cups of mashed bananas is about 3 medium bananas or 2 large ones
  • If only 1 cup of bananas is available the remaining 1/4 cup can be filled with applesauce. Know that applesauce is very neutral so don’t decrease the bananas too much as they add so much great flavor.
  • We often sprinkle up to 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips on top for more of a dessert bread.
  • Semi-sweet chips can be easily substituted for chocolate chunks or mini chips.
  • We like to use overripe bananas that are a bit too soft to eat, but not totally brown
  • Totally brown bananas will have a very strong taste
  • Different pan sizes can be used in this recipe, but baking time will need to be adjusted accordingly
  • Store extra bars in an air tight container in the fridge to extend shelf life.

How To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bars 

Grease a 9×9 or slightly larger baking pan and preheat the oven to 350F.

Begin by mashing bananas. I like to use a fork.

Place bananas in a mixing bowl and stir in sugar, applesauce.

Add eggs.

Slowly add dry ingredients and mix well.

Fold in chocolate chips and pour into baking pan. 

Sprinkle some more chocolate chips on top.

Bake and enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Lightly browned homemade banana bars with chocolate chips

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Printable Recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bars

Squares of chocolate chip banana bread

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars {Farmhouse Style}

Servings 12 bars
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Mashed bananas and applesauce make these homemade Banana Chocolate Chip Bars so easy and delicious! It's hard to beat fresh banana bread with warm chocolate chips for breakfast or a snack.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cup bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips plus extra to sprinkle on top

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease 9×9" baking pan.  Mash bananas, add sugar, applesauce and eggs.  Mix well.
  • Mash bananas, add sugar and applesauce.  Mix well.
  • Add eggs and mix again.
  • Slowly add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Mix well. 
  • Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of chocolate chips on top if desired.  Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Notes

  • We like to use overripe bananas that are a bit too soft to eat, but not totally brown
  • Totally brown bananas will have a very strong taste
  • Different pan sizes can be used in this recipe, but baking time will need to be adjusted accordingly

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 204mgPotassium: 91mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Post originally published October 10, 2018 and updated on January 4, 2022.

Collage of banana bars with chocolate chips in baking dish and cut into chuncks

5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These bars are outstanding! We added a 1/2 cup of health bar bits to the batter and sprinkled some on top as well. Thank you for sharing your recipe! We will make them again and again!

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      So glad to hear this! Thanks so much for letting us know! We hope you find some other recipes to enjoy here on the site 🙂

  2. Can this recipe be doubled and baked in a 13x 9 pan? Thank you

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! I haven’t tested that, but I think it would work well. Just check the baking time a bit more often to keep them nice and moist. Hope you enjoy 🙂

  3. I made a double batch I put in a 9×13 cake pan was way too much for that size took 2 hour’s to bake it completely

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