Chunky Monkey Banana Bread

A moist, delicious banana bread loaded with chocolate chunks and nuts. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon or late night snack.

We make a lot of banana bread/banana muffins at our house and I’m always looking for fun ways to change it up. I had a bag of Scharffenberger chocolate chunks I’d been wanting to bake with and when I decided to add them to banana bread, Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream came to mind.

Their popular banana ice cream is loaded with chocolate chunks and walnuts, but my favorite nut is almonds, so I switched it up and used toasted sliced almonds. I thought about using macadamia nuts for an extra tropical flair, but didn’t want to make a trip to the store. Maybe I’ll try that next time.

I made 4 mini loaves. I love making the mini loaves because they cook in half the time and are easy to share. Not that any of these loaves were shared. They were all gobbled up by the next day.

I have to admit that I haven’t ever eaten Chunky Monkey ice cream. Something I think I should remedy soon. Are you a Chunky Monkey fan?

Chunky Monkey Banana Bread

Chunky Monkey Banana Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I used low fat)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coarsely smashed (chunky) very ripe banana (about 3 small)
  • 1 6 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted and cooled


Preheat oven to 350º

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

Combine sugar, melted butter, sour cream, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl; beat until well blended. Stir in bananas. Add flour mixture to banana mixture, stirring just until moistened. Mix in chocolate chunks and nuts.

Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3-inch loaf pan coated with baking spray with flour. Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

*I made 4 mini loaves. Bake mini loaves for 30 minutes or muffins for 18 minutes.

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Banana Nutella Bread, Barbara Bakes
Homemade Chunky Monkey Ice Cream, What’s Gaby Cooking
Raspberry- Dark Chocolate Banana Bread, Recipe Boy
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Plus Sweet Banana Recipe Roundup, Foodie Crush

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  1. says

    Every Friday, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday. I love this post so much I’m featuring it as part of the roundup (with a link-back and attribution) and I hope you have no objections. It’s a pleasure following your creations…

  2. says

    Love baking with bananas and I love Ben & Jerry’s chunky monkey too – brilliant idea to incorporate that into your bake. I have a few bananas ripening so may give this a go!

  3. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says

    I looovee Chunky Monkey ice cream, it’s one of my favorites! Love that you made a banana bread version of the ice cream. :)

  4. says

    Chocolate and banana are so hard to say no to! Nuts just makes it complete. I love that you made mini loafs. They look so pretty. Great recipe, Barb. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  5. says

    I have never had Chunky Monday ice cream either. We have such wonderful, locally-made frozen custard here that we always buy their freshly made flavors. I would totally love banana bread with nuts and chocolate, though!

  6. says

    I’ve never had Chunky Monkey Ice cream either. Maybe we should take some to the condo in July and remendy it together. hehe The bread looks terrific and makes me want to run to the store to get bananas. Maybe I should get some macadamia nuts too. Hmmm, sounds so good!!!

  7. says

    Nom nom nom I could gobble these up in no time. I love banana bread. I don’t think adding chocolate to it would be a good idea for me though. Without the chocolate I can fool myself into thinking it’s healthy right? Cause it has fruit? hehe

  8. says

    Oh my gosh, those chunks of chocolate in there look absolutely amazing! I love chocolate chips in my banana bread (and as a banana ripeness snob, I go through quite a few batches of banana bread), though I have to admit, I play around with flavors when i’m churning, but when I am at the store and I’m picking out ice cream? It’s chocolate chocolate chocolate. Mmm…now I want ice cream 😀

  9. says

    Mmmm–looks so good. We love chocolate chips in our banana bread/muffins, in fact, the kids are mad at me when I don’t put them in and then won’t eat any. Love the chunks look.

  10. says

    Is it banana month and I just don’t realize it? Everyone is making banana something. I better hop on that. I’ve never had chunky monkey ice cream, but I think Cade has. Either way, looks lovely!