All good things come together in this bourbon chocolate chip banana bread – it makes the perfect morning treat!
bourbon chocolate chip banana bread

I’m about to give you permission to not only eat cake for breakfast, but also to bourbon.

Yes, as a verb.

I mean business.


Not that youΒ need permission. We’re all of age here. But it does feel good to be enabled, doesn’t it?

So let’s break out those shot glasses, a few brown bananas, and our secret stash of chocolate chunks.

Because, FRIDAY.

We got this.


Be sure toΒ useΒ the largest chocolate chunks you can get your hands on.

Whoever made up the phrase “size doesn’t matter” definitely didn’t take chocolate into consideration.

It’s really a “the bigger, the better” situation.

Mini chips, not invited.


Let’s party.


Bourbon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
All good things come together in this bourbon chocolate chip banana bread - it makes the perfect morning treat!
Yield: 1 9x5-inch loaf
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp bourbon
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped chocolate
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the bannas, lemon juice and bourbon. Mix until well-combined.
  5. Mix in the flour on low until just incorporated. Fold in the chocolate.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking pan and spread evenly. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack. Let cool completely before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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Banana Cranberry Bread with an Amaretto Glaze

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65 Responses to Bourbon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  1. Say whaaaat?! This is a masterpiece! Bourbon and chocolate together are amaaaaazing!

  2. Barbara says:

    Bourbon in my morning banana bread? I’m on board with that idea~ πŸ™‚

  3. Sune Moolman says:

    Wow! Luckily it’s almost weekend – I say bring on the bourbon chocolate chip banana bread!

  4. I have a few very ripe bananas right now, just waiting to go into a recipe like this! Looks amazing! I imagine the bourbon adds an awesome, rich flavor to the bread.

  5. YAY FOR BIG CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN BANANA BREAAAAD! It looks so moist and friggin perfect!

  6. Until I can start drinking again I’ll have to just eat as much of this banana bread as possible.

  7. Monica says:

    Oh my – sounds intriguing. I have been hankering to make some banana bread. Bourbon sounds good! ; )

  8. Mini chips, not invited. Love that. You added bourbon to banana bread. This is why you are fabulous. TGIF!!!!

  9. Bourbon and chocolate in a banana bread? Yum!

  10. You just made my favorite thing better by adding booze. You are the best.

  11. Kathryn says:

    Bourbon for breakfast? I’m so in.

  12. Oh heavens – Joanne – don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this boozy banana bread!

  13. This is totally happening in my kitchen- pinning this bad boy!

  14. Heather says:

    I knew I bought bananas for a reason! I’m officially saving those suckers for this bread!

  15. Erika says:

    Oh my lawdy! Bourbon,Chocolate and bread sounds like Heaven!

  16. Lori R. says:

    I like the idea of bourbon as a verb. I’m happy to bourbon in the morning. This looks outstanding!

  17. Oh Lord! This is happening!! Thanks for making my weekend!

  18. I did this with rum!
    It’s on the photo archives and I have yet to post because well, the photos stink.
    LOL We don’t always get the sunlight here on the cape for photos.
    So yes, please I will have a slice or two of this. (and thanks for the reminder!)

  19. Rachel says:

    this is so lovely! I haven’t cooked or baked with bourbon but I would for this bread! Also that bananas foster bread?! whaaaat?!

  20. I’ll take a dose of bourbon in the morning, lol–I kid. This looks scrumptious. The crumb looks lovely and the bread itself looks moist!

  21. With 2 cups of chocolate chunks, this banana bread has got to be amazing!

  22. Just when I thought banana bread was so zzzzzzz, you come along and make it awesome again. You win. Wait, we ALL win.

  23. Julia says:

    mmmhmmm I’ll have to slice me off an extra large piece of this loaf to accomodate the extra large chocolate chips…that’s how this stuff works, right? Right! Love all the things you’ve got going on with this bread. Bourbon? Hells yea, it’s Fuh-RIDAY!

  24. Pam says:

    Bourbon for breakfast and bigger chocolate chips – this is my kind of bread! It looks beautiful and so tasty.

  25. Zainab says:

    Freaking YES to cake and bourbon in the morning!!

  26. Trisha says:

    Anything that involves whisky in the morning is a good choice. AND CHOCOLATE.

  27. Oh yes! I’ve made this and it was delicious!

  28. jamie says:

    Looks good. I hear you about the chocolate chips. There were some on sale this week at the store and passed them up because they were not the “chunky” size. Why bother?

  29. Kate says:

    Bourbon for breakfast makes me feel like I’m in a Tennessee Williams play.

  30. Anything with Bourbon and banana together has to be good! And chocolate chips – it must be a killer!

  31. Hotly Spiced says:

    I think the only way I’d enjoy bourbon is in a cake. Wine on the other hand, is a different story. I love the look of your cake; it’s very pretty with the swirling and the glaze and yes, bananas and chocolate are a wonderful combination xx

  32. Beth says:

    That sounds amazing, Joanne! And I’m with you on the mini chips – no thanks.

  33. debbie says:

    I never ever have enough banana bread recipes. Thanks for this new one. I love trying new banana bread recipes and I agree that with chocolate size counts!!!!

  34. Tash says:

    This looks amazing Joanna! It appears so light and fluffy. The bourbon is morning decadence. Yum πŸ™‚

  35. Love this banana bread! It looks super delicious speckled with all those choc chips!

  36. Yes please! I want an invite to this party!

  37. Kelly says:

    Bourbon and cake for breakfast? Heck yes! This looks gorgeous girl!

  38. Liz says:

    You aced this recipe!!! Now I’m wishing I had some brownish bananas on my kitchen counter πŸ™‚

  39. I have never seen bourbon in banana bread before but you are totally right – why not? πŸ˜€
    Delicious recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru

  40. Susan says:

    I can just imagine the extra flavor that touch of bourbon imparts to this wonderful looking banana bread! Great idea!

  41. I will totally bourbon in the morning. Also I have that same plate πŸ˜‰

  42. Ummm….yes please!! This looks absolutely to die for. Making ASAP!

  43. Sounds delicious. I am with you on the size does matter when it comes to chocolate chunks, the bigger the better.

  44. I never say no to a banana bread. Come to mama!

  45. Ummm yes let’s party. As in, shove piece after glorious piece of this bread in our faces all weekend long. Bourbon for breakfast AND choc?! I’m so in. πŸ™‚

  46. Never baked with Bourbon before, this whole loaf sounds perfect.

  47. big YES and hooray for breakfast with bourbon chocolate chip banana bread. Just brilliant Joanne.

  48. Why has this never been in my life? I need to make up for lost time. With jumbo chocolate chunks, for sure.

  49. Are you kidding me? How am I not out buying the ingredients right now? Maybe being at work is stopping me, but not for long!

  50. Nancy says:

    Had had ripe ripe bananas and after seeing how everyone was swooning decided I had to make this – even though I’m not a banana or chocolate bread fan gasp! Holy cow this is delicious, it’s so moist and rich tasting, now I’m a huge fan and I already loved bourbon!! Husband tried to eat the whole loaf! Thank you!

  51. Some of my favorite things together in one recipe! Bourbon and dark chocolate go so well together.

  52. cheri says:

    Wow! I could eat this for breakfast, looks delicious Joanne!

  53. Rivki Locker says:

    Well, this is sad – for a change, I have NO brown bananas on my counter. Not a one. I think I’ll lock up the green ones that are out there. So my kids don’t get to them. It’s for their own good. Oh, and maybe I’ll hide the bourbon in my night table too. Do you think that gives a bad impression? πŸ˜‰
    This looks amazing. DEFINITELY going to try this soon.

  54. elly says:

    That bread looks crazy moist. And delicious. And awesome. And well, I’m going to have to make it.

  55. Johanna GGG says:

    yes to large chocolate chunks but I have never heard of buying them – I just always chop a block of chocolate – and yes to a slice of that yummy cake

  56. Reeni says:

    Hello beautiful! I’ll have you for breakfast, lunch and dinner too, pretty please!?

  57. This would make me eat bananas for sure πŸ™‚

  58. Megan says:

    I’d be happy to bourbon in the morning with this cake!

  59. grace says:

    well, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. maybe 5 am should count too. πŸ™‚ i like this idea, joanne, and your bread looks perfectly soft!

  60. Eleanor says:

    This bbcc bread is tasty AND delicious! My family loved it, so it will become a staple from my kitchen.

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  62. Melanie Adams says:

    This came out really good! I know you said no mini chips invited but it was all I had in the pantry and it’s still great with good chocolate distribution. I did 1 cup of chocolate and one cup of chopped pecans. I was a little bit short of banana too so I subbed a little applesauce to make up the difference, about 1/4 cup. Only have 8×4 loaf pan so it made 1 loaf and 7 muffins.

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