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Chocolate Banana Bread

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Are you a fan of chocolate? Are you a fan of banana bread? If so, you are in luck, this chocolate banana bread recipe is for you!

I will admit I am a sucker for anything chocolate and I absolutely love homemade banana bread. Put the two together and you have a match made in heaven, akin to peanut butter and jelly. Seriously, this combination is so good!

If you tried my chocolate banana muffins and loved them, then you will love this chocolate banana bread, they are pretty similar. This bread is soft, moist, and full of chocolate flavor. And it is super easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Several ingredients in glass bowls on a white countertop.

In order to make this homemade chocolate banana bread recipe you need a handful of easy ingredients:

  • Flour – Use all-purpose/plain flour, but you can use bread flour if you want.
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Cocoa powder – Make sure it is the baking kind of unsweetened cocoa powder, not the kind used for instant chocolate milk.
  • Butter – You may use salted or unsalted butter.
  • White granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sour cream – This ingredient is optional, but it really helps to produce a soft and moist banana bread.
  • Ripe bananas – You can’t have chocolate banana bread without bananas!
  • Chocolate chips – For extra chocolate flavor and they look cool on top.
Chocolate banana bread on a white plate

Tools

  • Bowls
  • Spatula
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer (optional)
  • Whisk
  • Fork
  • 5x9-inch bread pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Parchment paper (optional)

Step 2: How to make chocolate banana bread from scratch

Medium glass bowl filled with flour and cocoa powder.

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 F/176 C. Make sure the main rack is in the middle position.

Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder to a medium bowl. Then sift the cocoa powder on top. Use a whisk and mix everything together until well combined.

NOTEYou can put everything in your sifter and sift it into the bowl as well if you like.

Large bowl with butter and sugar creamed.

Add the softened butter and sugar to a large bowl. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer and cream those two ingredients together.

If you don’t have a mixer, you can use a sturdy whisk or wooden spoon.

TIPIf you forget to set your butter out to soften, place it in the microwave on defrost mode for 20 to 30 seconds to soften it. I forget a lot, haha.

Chocolate banana bread batter in a large glass bowl.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until just combined. Next, add the sour cream, and mix that in.

Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

NOTEThe sour cream is optional. It is commonly added to cakes and quick bread to make them moister. I always add it.

Step 3: Mash those bananas and finish the batter

Fork mashing bananas on a wooden cutting board.

Peel the very ripe bananas and then mash them with a fork or potato masher. Then scrape them off the cutting board into the bowl of batter.

Mix the mashed bananas in with a spatula.

Bowl of finished chocolate banana bread batter

Now, add the dry ingredient mixture about a third at a time to the chocolate banana bread batter. I usually stir the first third in with a spatula. Then use the mixer for the next two-thirds of the batter. Be careful to not overmix the batter.

Then add a half cup of chocolate chips and fold them into the batter with the spatula. You can use milk chocolate chips, dark, or semisweet.

The chocolate banana bread batter is ready to go. Very simple, right?

Step 4: Bake the chocolate banana bread

Chocolate banana bread in a greased bread loaf pan.

Prepare a 5x9-inch bread pan by spraying it with cooking spray and then adding a piece of parchment paper on the bottom.

Alternatively, you can use shortening on the bottom and sides and then dust the sides and bottom with flour, tap it all around, then dump out the excess. Although for this bread recipe, I prefer using parchment paper on the bottom.

Pour all the batter into the pan and then spread it out so it is even. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on the top.

Freshly baked homemade chocolate banana bread on a wire rack.

Now bake the chocolate banana bread for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

Once it is done baking, allow it to cool completely in the pan. I usually put the pan on a wire rack. Then use a butter knife or cake spatula and go along the inside edges of the pan to loosen the bread from the sides.

Sliced piece of chocolate banana bread on a white cutting board.

Turn it over, the loaf should come right out. Then remove the parchment paper from the bottom if you used that.

Slice and serve. Enjoy!

How long does chocolate banana bread last?

If wrapped in plastic wrap or stored in a freezer bag or an airtight container the bread will last for about 4 days at room temperature. This storage is prefered over the fridge. It will last a few days longer in the fridge, but banana bread tends to dry out a bit while stored in the fridge. You can also freeze the bread for long term storage.

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Chocolate Banana Bread

This chocolate banana bread recipe is amazing. It is soft, moist, and oh so delicious. If you like chocolate and banana bread, you will love this recipe!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Cooling Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolatey, moist, soft, sweet
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Bowls
  • Spatula
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer (optional)
  • Whisk
  • Fork
  • 5x9 inch bread pan
  • cooking spray
  • Parchment paper (optional)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose/plain flour 185g
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 2g
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2g
  • 1 tsp. baking powder 5g
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 35g
  • 1/2 cup softened butter unsalted or salted (113g)
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar 150g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5ml
  • 1/2 cup sour cream 123g
  • 3 to 4 ripe medium bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, semi sweet, milk, dark, etc.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C
  • Whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and sifted cocoa powder in a medium bowl.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl with a mixer or wooden spoon.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined. Then add the sour cream and mix it in.
  • Peel and mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher, then add it to the batter.
  • Add the dry ingredient mixture a third at a time and mix it in until combined.
  • Fold in half of the chocolate chips into the batter.
  • Spray a 5x9-inch bread pan with cooking spray, and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Add all the chocolate banana bread batter to the pan. Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on evenly on top.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow the chocolate banana bread to cool completely then remove it from the pan. Take off the parchment paper, slice and serve. Enjoy!

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How to Make Chocolate Banana Bread | Homemade Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Notes

NOTE:Ā You can put all the dry ingredients in your sifter if you like.
TIP:Ā If you forget to put your butter out to soften, place it in the microwave on defrost mode for 20 to 30 seconds to soften it.
NOTE:Ā The sour cream is optional. It is commonly added to cakes and quick bread to make them moister. I always add it.
chocolate banana bread nutritional facts

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44 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love chocolate and I love freshly baked goods. This one is impossible to resist

  2. Blair Villanueva

    5 stars
    Your recipe alone here is making my mouth craving for a huge slice of chocolate banana bread. Perfect treat and pairing it with a good tea, or coffee.

  3. 5 stars
    I love banana bread and adding chocolate to it is even morr delightful.. I actually like putting nutella on my banana bread.. But haven’t tried baking both chocolate and banana together.. I will surely try this

  4. 5 stars
    My two favorite things….chocolate and bananas!! This looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it!

  5. 5 stars
    The yummiest banana bread! We love chocolate in our banana bread so we loved this recipe! Perfect!

  6. Amazing new recipe, I love the topping on this bread. Would love to try it.

  7. Banana bread is already amazing, so I can only imagine how much MORE AMAZING it is when you add chocolate into the mix. I mean, this looks absolutely drool worthy! Thank you so much for the delish food inspiration and for sharing the recipe with us šŸ™‚

  8. Melanie williams

    My mouth is watering here, I mean we love banana bread anyway, but to combine it with chocolate is genius and we will be giving this a go x

  9. 5 stars
    Goodbye boring banana bread, hello chocolate banana bread. So yummy!!

  10. 5 stars
    I love your recipes! and I think this is my new favorite

  11. 5 stars
    Chocolate and Bananas are my two favorite food. You’re telling me that I can combine both and make bread? It’s perfect! I will definitely try this and let you know how it goes

  12. 5 stars
    Oh yum! I have some bananas ready in the freezer for making my next batch of banana bread but going to give this rendition a whirl!

  13. The first picture + the word chocolate and banana is everything! Wish I can buy one near me.

  14. Rose Ann Sales

    5 stars
    That’s really a great flavor. I knida miss baking banana bread, can’t wait to try this.

  15. I love baked goods, but do not bake, so it is a running joke in my family that I will gladly prepare a nine course meal but guests must bring dessert if they want one! This looks so moist! I will also pair and supply great wine but won’t bake! LOL šŸ™‚

  16. You had me at chocolate. And then at banana. One of my all time favorite things to bake!

  17. 5 stars
    We love chocolate chip banana bread here! I make banana bread at least 2-3 times per month, and sometimes vary it by adding chocolate. Yum!

  18. 5 stars
    I love how your bananas have brown on them showing what a really ripe banana looks like! šŸ™‚ So many people use barely yellow bananas in their bread and muffins and then wonder why it’s not moist! My mom often lets the bananas get completely brown before using them… lol… I’d rather do like you have!
    Your banana bread is delicious! LOVE the chocolate! I’m not a huge fan of chips in my banana bread so I did half with (to make the husband happy) and half without. Perfection. šŸ™‚

  19. 5 stars
    I didn’t see the amount of chocolate chips listed in the recipe, but I did 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips in the batter and 1/2 cup on top. Delicious!

  20. 5 stars
    I’ve never had chocolate banana bread, but need to try this recipe because I love how yours came out! I love how moist and delicious it looks. Thanks so much for sharing!

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