Have some chocolate chips on hand you need to use up? Here’s what to make with chocolate chips (besides cookies!)
I’m a MEGA sucker for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe–Bakery-Style, Thin & Crispy, Nutella-Stuffed, you name it! But sometimes you need an idea for what to make with chocolate chips besides cookies.
That’s what today’s post is all about! We rounded up 20+ delicious recipes to use chocolate chips that aren’t cookies. From brownies & bars, to no-bake treats, drinks, to chocolate chip desserts, to breakfasts, and more, we’ve got lots of delicious ideas to choose from.
So, grab a bag of chocolate chips, and let’s dive in!
What Flavors Go Well With Chocolate Chips?
SO MANY. The list of things chocolate goes well with is larger than we have space for, but a few of our favorite flavors to pair with chocolate include…
- Peanut Butter
- Caramel – This also includes toffee, brown butter, and butterscotch!
- Bananas – fresh bananas, frozen bananas, banana chips, and more
- Berries – Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries are a perfect pairing with chocolate!
- Orange & Citrus
- Other Fruits – Plums, pears, apples, pineapple, kiwi, mango, papaya, and more!
- Nuts & Seeds – Hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts, and more!
- Sea Salt – Salt & chocolate pair beautifully!
- Vanilla – vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, ice cream, and more!
- Cinnamon & Spices – Cardamom, nutmeg, chai,
- Chili – Might sound strange, but chilies and spicy things can be an unexpected combo with chocolate!
- Crispy Things! Pretzels, potato chips, crackers, plantain chips, rice cakes, graham crackers, cereal, popcorn, etc.
Now that we have some basic flavor profiles, let’s get to the recipes!
20+ Recipes That Use Chocolate Chips (Besides Cookies!)
It was tough to narrow down, but here are some of our best recipes for using chocolate chips. We looked for classic and creative ideas so there’s something for any occasion.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins
These bakery-style gluten-free chocolate chip muffins are light, fluffy, and packed with mini chocolate chips. They’re a perfect brunch favorite!
Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding
This easy homemade gluten-free chocolate pudding recipe is made from pantry staples and tastes DELICIOUS! You’ll love all the classic flavor in this simple no-bake dessert!
Soft Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread (Easy!)
Summer is the perfect time to make this easy gluten-free zucchini bread recipe! You’ll love the blend of spices, soft texture, and chocolate chips (or nuts) in every bite!
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Fudge Bars
This gooey oatmeal fudge bars recipe gets a gluten-free glow-up! You’ll love the texture & flavor of this delicious dessert.
Gluten-Free Brown Butter Brownies
Fudgy gluten-free brownies that are perfect for a cozy day or chocolate craving. The rich chocolate flavor & perfect texture make them one of my all-time favorite desserts!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars (Gluten-Free)
These soft peanut butter granola bars are so easy and delicious! You only need a few ingredients & a few minutes to make them! (Gluten-Free, Vegan-Friendly)
Easy 2-Ingredient magic Chocolate Shell For ice Cream
This homemade magic shell ice cream topping adds a satisfying chocolatey crunch to your favorite scoop of ice cream. (Or dip a homemade ice cream sandwich in it for the ultimate indulgent treat!)
Dairy-Free Chocolate Fondue
One of our all-time favorites! This classic dinner party dessert is made from melted chocolate chips, milk, and vanilla extract. Try it with fresh fruit and our favorite dippers for a special occasion! (I recommend high-quality chocolate chips for the best texture!)
Cookies & Cream Muddy Buddies (Gluten-Free!)
This cookies & cream Chex Mix is such a fun spin on the classic! Plus, this easy recipe is as fun to make as it is to eat!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Bread
This one bowl gluten-free chocolate chocolate chip banana bread recipe is such a delightful way to use up your overripe bananas! It might just become your new favorite.
Gluten-Free S’mores Bars
These dessert bars are a fan favorite! Soft, chewy gluten-free s’mores bars made with gooey marshmallow and melty chocolate between two layers of graham cookie. YES PLEASE.
Gluten-Free Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)
Make the BEST gluten-free muddy buddies (aka puppy chow) with our simple tricks. This classic treat has never been better!
Gluten-Free Crunch Brownies
Made with fudgy gluten-free chocolate brownies and a chocolate crisp topping, these gluten-free crunch brownies channel all the flavor and texture of the classic candy bar!
Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Yes! You can use chocolate chips to make chocolate covered strawberries. They’re beautiful, easy, and SO delicious!
Gluten-Free Brown Butter Banana Bread
This amazing gluten-free banana bread recipe gives you tender, delicious banana bread every time. Laced with caramel-y flavors, it’s delicious on its own, with nuts, or chocolate chips!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake
This one’s for chocolate lovers! Our easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe is so plush and delicious no one will guess this chocolate cake is gluten-free. (You’ll LOVE the chocolate frosting!!!)
Gluten-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Let’s make gluten-free lunch lady peanut butter bars! These no-bake gluten-free peanut butter bars are topped with a layer of chocolate for a delicious finish that’s perfect for peanut butter lovers!
Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate
This cozy hot cocoa is the perfect drink for cold weather. I love that it uses a mix of cocoa powder and chocolate chips for the best in flavor AND texture. It’s next level delicious!
Trail mix is a classic, easy snack, and since chocolate plays so well with other flavors, you’ll never run out of options! This post has 6 great flavor combos we love (Rocky Road! GORP! Chocolate Cherry!) but don’t miss the other ideas to mix & match!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
These fluffy gluten-free zucchini muffins are loaded with chocolate chips & warm spices. The perfect way to use up that zucchini!
Chocolate Almond Clusters
The perfect recipe when you want a lighter snack or sweet treat! These 3-ingredient chocolate almond clusters have a salty-sweet crunch we can’t get enough of. (They’re SO EASY to make!)
Chocolate Covered Bananas
These frozen banana pops are one of my favorite Disneyland sweet treats, and they’re SO EASY to make at home. You just need bananas, chocolate chips, and a tiny bit of coconut oil. That’s it!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
This cookie bar recipe channels all the flavor of classic chocolate chip cookies, but in bar form! We love the golden brown tops, thick, chewy texture, and plenty of chocolate in every bite.
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For Baking With Chocolate Chips
Storage Tips. Chocolate chips are best stored at room temperature in a dry, dark place (like a pantry or cupboard away from the stove). Keeping chocolate chips in an airtight container like a jar or POP container can also help prolong their shelf life.
What Are Chocolate Chips Good For? What goes well with chocolate chips? EVERYTHING. (I’m only sort of kidding!) Besides adding them to cookies, you can also use chocolate chips for making brownies and pudding, frosting, ice cream, muffins, ice cream toppings, and so much more.
When Is National Chocolate Chip Day? It’s May 15th! The perfect chance to make all your favorite chocolate chip desserts. Then, you can follow it up with National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on August 4th.
Our Favorite Chocolate Chips
What’s the best brand of chocolate chips? That’ll definitely be up to personal preference, but I recommend brands without additional stabilizers. Look for simple, recognizable ingredients, and avoid brands that use “chocolate liqueur” or “chocolate flavoring” in place of cacao, cocoa beans, and cocoa butter. 2 great brands we bake with often are:
- Guittard. Super high-quality chocolate chips that are gluten-free and nut-free! Their semisweet chocolate chips + dark chocolate chips are free of the top 9 allergens and are also dairy-free, which makes them a great option for all kinds of bakes. These melt smoothly and work well in all kinds of recipes! (They’re even Fair Trader certified!)
- Enjoy Life. Allergy-friendly chocolate chips free of the top 8 allergens. We love the mini chocolate chips, especially, for things like our Chocolate Chip Muffins. I also love that they melt so well!