Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Banana Bread

from 11 votes

Cake Mix Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread has appeared in many varieties around these parts, from chocolate-swirled and peanut butter chip-topped to zucchini-packed and apple-filled. But now I’m making it even easier to satisfy those cravings with Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Banana Bread that transforms a store-bought staple into an extra-moist and flavorful breakfast (or anytime!) treat.

By using cake mix, you can sidestep all the measuring and sifting. Add a hearty dollop of sour cream and a cup of mini chocolate chips to the equation and you’re guaranteed to up the moist and flavor factors to make this the best. banana. bread. ever.

Looking for more ways to transform cake mix into anything but cake? Check out my favorite recipe for soft and chewy Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies!

Cake Mix Banana Bread Recipe

Cake Mix Banana Bread Recipe

Cake Mix Banana Bread Recipe

Cake Mix Banana Bread Recipe

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Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Banana Bread transforms a store-bought staple into an extra-moist and flavorful breakfast (or anytime!) treat.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 servings


  • 1 (16.25-oz.) box white or yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two 8-inch loaf pans with parchment paper so that there is an overhang on the longer sides of the pans. Grease the parchment paper with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, oil, eggs, mashed bananas and sour cream until combined. Stir in ¾ cup chocolate chips then divide the batter between the two prepared loaf pans. Sprinkle the top of each loaf with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips.
  • Bake the bread for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove the loaves from the oven and transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Once cooled, use the parchment paper overhangs to lift the loaves out of the pans then slice and serve.
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Calories: 253kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 246mg, Potassium: 112mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 105IU, Vitamin C: 1.9mg, Calcium: 93mg, Iron: 1mg


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Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

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  1. 5 stars
    I only had a German chocolate cake mix on hand. Made the recipe as written using a bundt pan and dusted the cooled cake/bread with powdered sugar instead of the chocolate chips. The diet will have to wait a bit longer. Delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    H KellyI!
    I wonder if the box cake mix that is no complete and call for 3 eggs, oil and water should also add to your recipy. Some box cakes are just add water and, others like the ones I have, ask to add those extra ingridients. Should I do that and then continue with your steps?
    I will let you know my results.

    Thank you,
    Maria Cristina

    1. Hi Maria! When making this recipe, disregard the ingredients and instructions on the back of the cake mix box and follow the ingredients/instructions I’ve listed. :)

  3. 5 stars
    Best and easiest banana bread I’ve made. I’ve tried different recipes over the years and have never been happy. I was at the point of giving up. Saw this on Rachael Ray and had a bunch of ripe bananas. Gave it a try substituting chopped pecans dusted in flour for the chocolate chips. This is a winner and will be my go to recipe. I made 1/2 recipe in larger loaf pan and had enough batter left for 2 small pans. I definitely think the larger loaf pan gave the better results. Delicious and light.

    1. Yay! I absolutely love reading this, Cheryl! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the Rachael Ray segment and the banana bread. Welcome to Just a Taste! :)

  4. 5 stars
    Just took my first bite and mmm, good. Had a huge bunch of overripe bananas given to me and am scrambling to use them. I baked these in 6 mini loaf tins and they turned out perfectly. I included about a cup of pecan pieces because I love them. I must send one of the mini-loaves to the person who gave me all those bananas!

  5. 5 stars
    Here we are all stuck at home in 2020 and what better way to spend your time indoors than learning how to bake! Thank you Kelly for a wonderful recipe. I followed it to a T and it turned out perfect. I did add a few drops of vanilla extract and it tasted heavenly. I can’t wait to try out more of your recipes. Wishing you all good health.

  6. 4 stars
    Hey thanks for great idea…I am going to try it with a carrot cake mix (since that’s all I have and I am feeling lazy to run to the store :) . I think it will give it a nice taste and trick myself into thinking it is healthier, chuckle.

  7. Hi! I’m thinking of doing this in mini loaf pans… like the cute ones you get during Christmas. Do you think it’ll work out? I’m assuming I might need to adjust the bake time. Thank you!

    1. Hi Marisa! I’ve never made this recipe in mini loaf pans so, unfortunately, I’m not sure the exact bake time. Would love to hear your results if you give it a shot!

  8. 5 stars
    Sooooo good! The bread was moist and flavorful, and the prep time was minimal thanks to the cake mix trick.

  9. I’ve got the loaves in the oven–batter is yummy! I made one chocolate chip, one walnuts for my hubby! Our daughter is allergic to nuts, so this worked out great! I just separated the batter before I added the goodies! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Ps the cake mix made it so much easier and quicker!

  10. Im definitely going to try tgese recipies. Looks easy…I hope!! Thank you very much. Keep on the yummy recipies coming. 3 thumbs up for you

  11. Made this last night. First time using a cake mix and was a bit skeptical. I added walnuts to the recipe and this is one recipe to save for sure. Very moist and light! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Shelia! That should work, just be sure to keep an eye on it as you may need to adjust the baking time. Let me know how it turns out!