Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee Cake
Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee Cake is awesome! I’m a banana bread lover and have been for years. But when my niece, Heather, introduced us to her recipe for banana-nut bread that had chocolate chips in it I was smitten! I’ve tried banana bread recipes with chocolate chips before but none of them turned out quite as well as her recipe. Now upgrade that to a coffee cake and this recipe is to die for!
I was craving a version of this chocolate chip banana-nut bread recipe but I wanted it in a coffee cake version instead. I was SOOOO pleased. I used miniature chocolate chips so they would we scattered throughout the cake. I also added a chocolate glaze on top that tweaked the recipe even more. Though this coffee cake is typically served for breakfast, the double load of chocolate makes it irresistible like donuts!
Quite frankly, I was surprised at how fabulously this
dessert breakfast coffee cake turned out. Delicious is putting it mildly. I’m especially glad I made a double batch of this recipe and cut down one batch and put it in the freezer for later!
I really enjoy cooking in my old cast-iron skillets. So every now and then when I want to make cookies, coffeecakes or breads, I’ll bake them in my cast iron skillets instead of regular pans. The cast iron skillets just seem to give coffee cakes, breads and cookies a richness and deepness of flavor that aluminum or glass pans can’t.
After making all the changes I wanted to make in Heather’s Banana Bread I decided to turn it into a skillet coffee cake instead. This sumptuous coffee cake had everything! It had taste, texture, chewiness, moistness and crunch from the nuts. On top of that, it was rich, decadent and scrumptious. This recipe turned out so well I may even consider trying to make it gluten free sometime in the future.
I did learn one thing about baking in cast-iron skillets though. I greased and floured the cast iron skillet for this recipe. For my Honey Buttermilk Cornbread, I used only canola oil to grease the skillet. Greasing and flouring the skillet seems to enable the coffee cake to come out of the skillet easier than simply using oil. It comes out smoothly without sticking to the pan.
This is an incredibly rich, thoroughly delightful and wonderful tasting Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee cake recipe. I hope you consider giving this sumptuous coffee cake a try. It’s really quick and easy to whip up. If you don’t have cast-iron skillets than cook it the old-fashioned way, in well-greased and floured cake pans.
Although I used miniature chocolate chips, this bread is just as good with any kind of chips. Consider trying it different ways, with peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips, vanilla chips, butterscotch chips or white chocolate chips! But if you’re looking for a chocolate overload, this is the recipe for you!
I initially posted this recipe in June of 2013. I made the original recipe with honey, which turned out surprisingly well. I did not have a chocolate glaze with that recipe. I recently remade this recipe in October 2019. I made it for a breakfast dish for a youth activity coordinated with our church. I got rave reviews over it.
This recipe fills one 12-inch cast iron skillet. If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, you may prefer using a 9×13″ baking dish. If you don’t want to serve this for breakfast, go ahead and be brave. Serve it for dinner. Drool over every single bite. 🙂
Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee Cake is so scrumptious. Yum.
This coffee cake is loaded with miniature chocolate chips.
Doesn’t Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee Cake look wonderful? I assure you it tastes even better than it looks!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients for the coffee cake.
Soften butter. Place in large mixing bowl. Add eggs, sugar, mashed bananas, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Mix with an electric mixer until combined.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add miniature chocolate chips and finely diced walnuts.
Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Don’t overmix.
Grease and flour a 12″ cast iron skillet. Otherwise use a 9×13″ baking dish. Pour cake batter into prepared skillet.
Bake at 350 for approximately 45 to 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow coffee cake to cool completely before adding chocolate glaze.
I used these ingredients for the chocolate glaze.
Place powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl. Add vanilla and half-and-half.
Whisk ingredients to combine.
Drizzle chocolate glaze over top of cooled coffee cake. I thought the icing was set when I covered it with plastic wrap. But apparently not as it made indentations in the icing. 🙁
I really had a hard time saying NO to this fantastic Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee Cake. I was grateful it was made for others!
The nice thing about baking in cast-iron skillets is how evenly they cook. They are a superior piece of cookware. I love my old Wagner and Lodge pans.
Doesn’t this picture make you drool? I’m ready to hack off another slice! You can eat this tasty coffee cake with your fingers or a fork!
Here’s the recipe.
CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA SKILLET BREAD
(Recipe inspired from my niece, Heather’s, Banana Bread recipe)
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 4 eggs
- 4 cups mashed bananas
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 2 cups honey
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 4 ½ cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 12-oz. bag Hershey’s miniature chocolate chips
- 1 cup Fischer’s finely diced walnuts
- Place butter, eggs, bananas, vanilla, honey, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer until combined.
- Add flour, miniature chocolate chips and walnuts and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Do not overmix.
- Spray a 10” and a 12” cast-iron skillet with Baker’s Joy cooking spray.
- Pour bread mixture into each pan.
- Bake at 350° for about 40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
This luscious coffee cake can also be made with butterscotch chips, vanilla chips, peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips or white chocolate chips. We like chocolate chips the best.
Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee Cake is delicious. I’ve set out a serving for you!
Each bite of Chocolate Chip Banana Skillet Bread is loaded with miniature chocolate chips, walnuts, and bananas. Sensory overload! I couldn’t WAIT to sink my teeth into some of this coffee cake. Wow, was it good!