Sliced chocolate bread on top of a white cutting board

Chocolate Bread

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I am a quick bread fanatic, well, I pretty much love any kind of bread. Chocolate is also one of my favorite things, so put my love of bread and chocolate together and you have a delightful chocolate bread recipe.

It is hard to beat the smell of fresh baked bread. I love how the smell fills up my whole house. It is quite comforting. And then finally biting into a piece of the freshly baked homemade bread, puts a huge smile on my face.

This chocolate bread recipe is super easy to make and packed with chocolate flavor. If you like banana bread, zucchini bread, coconut bread, etc. Then you will love this bread! Like other quick bread, it is super easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools

Ingredients and tools to make chocolate bread on a wooden table, in glass bowls.

In order to make this yummy chocolate bread you will need the following ingredients:

  • Sugar – Use white granulated sugar. It is the main sweet element in this bread.
  • Butter – You will need room temperature softened butter, so it will mix easily with the sugar. The butter will add lots of flavor to the bread.
  • Eggs – The eggs will act as a binder for the other ingredients, add leavening, and moisture to the batter.
  • Buttermilk – The buttermilk will add moisture and help make the bread soft and tender. The acid in the buttermilk will also react with the baking soda helping it to rise.
  • Flour – Use all purpose/plain flour
  • Unsweetened Cocoa powder – Not to be confused with chocolate milk powder. The cocoa powder is what makes this bread chocolate bread.
  • Baking powder – one of the leavening agents that also gives the bread structure.
  • Baking soda – Another leavening agent which will help the quick bread rise and give it structure.
  • Salt – The salt gives the bread flavor, balances out the sweetness, and enhances the flavor of the other ingredients.

Some optional ingredients that you can add are walnuts or pecans and chocolate chips.

Step 2: How to make chocolate bread

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 F/176 C. In a large bowl add the softened butter and the sugar. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer and cream those ingredients together. It will take around 20 to 30 seconds. If you don’t have a mixer you can use a stiff whisk or wooden spoon.

Step 3: Eggs and buttermilk

Next add in the large eggs and blend those in really well. Put the mixer away and do the rest by hand. This will ensure you don’t over mix the chocolate bread batter. Pour in the buttermilk. Use a spatula to fold in the buttermilk until well combined.

Step 4: Dry ingredients

Dry ingredients being sifted into a bowl of chocolate bread batter.

Next add all the dry ingredients, the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, to a sifter and sift them into the bow. Alternatively, you can whisk them all together in a separate bowl and then add them to the batter.

Finished chocolate bread batter in a large glass bowl on a wooden table.

Fold in the dry ingredients with a sturdy spatula until well combined, completing the chocolate bread batter.

Step 5: Bake that homemade chocolate bread

Chocolate bread batter in a 5x9 inch bread loaf pan on a wooden table.

Grease a 5×9 inch bread pan with shortening or use cooking spray. Then pour the batter into the pan. Level the top with a spatula.

Freshly baked chocolate bread in a bread loaf pan on top of a wooden table.

Next, bake the chocolate bread in the oven for 55 to 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 6: Serve up a slice of that chocolate bread

Hands holding a loaf of chocolate bread which has been sliced.

When the bread comes out of the oven allow it to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Then use a cake spatula or butter knife and run it along the inside edges of the pan to help loosen the bread from the sides. Now remove the bread and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. Slice yourself up a piece and enjoy!

I really enjoy putting on strawberry preserves and butter on a slice. So yummy!

Step 7: How long does chocolate bread last?

Store the bread in a ziplock bag or in an airtight container for around 3 days at room temperature. It will last about a week in the fridge. Or you can freeze the bread for up to 3 months.

Sliced chocolate bread on top of a white cutting board
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5 from 15 votes

Chocolate Bread

I love the smell of freshly baked bread. I also love chocolate. Combine the two and you have one amazing loaf of chocolate bread. This quick bread is so yummy. Serve it with some strawberry preserves and butter and you will be in chocolate heaven. And it is super easy to make.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Cooling time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: moist, quick, soft
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Hand mixer
  • Sifter
  • Bowls
  • Spatula
  • 5×9 inch bread pan
  • Wire rack for cooling
  • Shortening or cooking spray


  • 1 cup white granulated sugar 200g
  • 1/2 cup butter room temp/softened (115g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk 240g
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose plain flour (210)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 50g
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts optional (40g)
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips optional (60g)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C. In a large bowl cream together the butter and the sugar with a mixer.
  • Add in the eggs and mix those until well combined. Put the mixer away. Add the buttermilk and stir/fold it in with a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon. Just until combined.
  • In a sifter add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Sift those dry ingredients into the bowl. Or if you don't have a sifter whisk them together in a separate bowl and then add them to the main bowl. Fold the dry ingredients into the batter until just combined.
  • Some optional ingredients you can add at this point are walnuts or pecans and chocolate chips.
  • Grease a 9×5 inch bread loaf pan or spray it with kitchen spray. Add the chocolate bread batter to the pan and bake it in the oven, middle rack, for 55 to 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow the bread to cool for 15 minutes. Remove it from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. Serve up a slice and enjoy! I like to add strawberry preserves and butter to mine, but it is amazing plain as well.


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Calories: 227kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    Look the bread, was wondering if I could sub. the coco for choc bars? What effect would that have? How much would I need to put in instead? Always looking for quick and easy bread to make.

    • Hi Joyce! Generally when swapping chocolate bars for cocoa powder swap 1 ounce of chocolate with 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Also, reduce the amount of (butter/oil/shortening) added by 1 tbsp, since chocolate bars already have fat in them. πŸ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious with chocolate chips added!

  3. I imagine this would be even better with chocolate chunks! Yum! Homemade bread is so good.

  4. katrina Kroeplin

    this looks amazing. i def need to try making it.

  5. 5 stars
    I love a good Chocolate Bread recipe. I hope to try your version. I’ll add more chocolate toppings!

  6. I never come across recipe so easy and mouthwatering. Looks amazing!

  7. 5 stars
    I remember having some chocolate muffins at Sweet Tomatoes. They are now closed RIP. This chocolate bread is very similar to it. I am going to try to make it in the upcoming week. I love the easiness of your recipes.

  8. 5 stars
    This looks amazing! I can’t wait for the try the recipe!

  9. Steven Morrissette

    5 stars
    Really nice looking chocolate bread. I would definitely have a slice or more.

  10. 5 stars
    Hhhaaaaaa….how nice it would be to enjoy this bread!!!!! The milk cut me short on this journey.

  11. 5 stars
    As simple as super tasty to eat especially for breakfast!

  12. 5 stars
    I am so craving chocolate right now! And I love any chocolate cake like texture. This would be so good.

  13. oh wow. this looks so yummy. looks like it would make a great dessert for brunch. and i love the idea of using buttermilk. thanks for sharing.

  14. You had me at CHOCOLATE BREAD! This is a must-try recipe. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    I have to make this! I think I’m going to add some nuts and chocolate chips to it, too!

  16. 5 stars
    That looks delicious! I’ve seen chocolate added to other types of breads, but I’ve never seen a straight chocolate bread. I’ll have to try this.

  17. Is there something I can use as a substitute for buttermilk? I couldn’t find it in the store πŸ™
    I read somewhere you can also use 1 cup of plain yogurt or 1-3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar plus 1 cupΒ milk as a substitute; would that work?
    Thank you so much for everything!

  18. 5 stars
    This quickly became a favorite at my house! Really good!

  19. Rachael Yerkes

    5 stars
    Bread and Chocolate, my two favorite things! This is awesome!

  20. 5 stars
    This is just what I needed to get my chocolate fix while I’m stuck at home. Perfect texture, perfect flavor, thanks!

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