One Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffin Bread

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chocolate chip loaf

If you love muffins then you are going to LOVE muffin bread. It’s my favorite muffin batter, baked into a sliceable loaf.

Another bonus point? You only need ONE BOWL to make it!

And as if you needed more reasons to love muffin bread, you don’t have to clean up a pesky muffin tin afterwards. It’s a win, win, win.


Did I just make it up? Sorta, kinda. Am I declaring it a thing now? Absolutely!

Muffin bread is literally the lazy way out of making muffins. Pour the batter directly into a bread pan and – POOF – you got yourself some muffin bread.

Not all muffin breads are created equal – you want to make sure that the batter is slightly thicker than regular muffin batter since there’s more opportunity (and further distance) for add-ins like chocolate chips to sink to the bottom. Some sinkage is inevitable, but if the batter is thick enough, you should end up with a more or less even distribution of chocolate chips throughout each slice.

Oh, and if you’ve ever wanted a behind the scenes look at how I photograph my food, this is a little sneak peak to what is actually going on in the background:

Because muffin bread is a “quick bread” there is no rise time involved. Similar to banana bread or beer bread, muffin bread starts as a very thick batter and ends up as a thick, chewy bread with a soft crust.

For a little bit of added crunch, I like to sprinkle demerara sugar on top of my muffin bread to imitate a crunchy crust while adding pops of sweetness.

Here’s What You Need:

The basic ingredients to make a perfect muffin bread!

  • flour – all purpose will do just fine
  • sugar, butter, eggs – the base for most desserts
  • baking powder – for added airiness and rise
  • baking soda – boost the rise higher (remember, no yeast is in this recipe!)
  • whole milk – the added fat in whole milk helps create a thicker batter
  • vanilla – for some added flavor
  • chocolate chips – semi-sweet are the most commonly used
  • demerara sugar – can be found near the brown sugar and/or specialty sugars, adds some CRUNCH to the crust
chocolate chip bread loaf

One Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffin Bread

The Starving Chef
Only one bowl is needed for this delicious homemade chocolate chip muffin bread recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Bread, Dessert
Cuisine Breakfast, Brunch, One Bowl
Servings 8


  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 11.5 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons demerara sugar for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a glass bread loaf with butter or cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Then stir in each of the wet ingredients one at a time, stirring between the addition of each new ingredient until a thick batter forms. Stir in half of the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top and use a knife or toothpick to swirl them into the top of the bread (some chips will sink). Sprinkle on about half of the demerara sugar.
  • Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes. Sprinkle on the remaining demerara sugar, then continue baking for another 15-20 minutes. Check every five minutes after 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  • Cool the bread in the pan for at least 30 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack for another 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature for optimal slicing. Cover and keep at room temperature for up to two days; or cover and chill for up to week. Enjoy!
Keyword bread, chocolate, muffin
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