Chocolate Banana Bread

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This easy Chocolate Banana Bread is moist, tender, and a chocolate lovers dream! It is the BEST banana bread recipe. 

Chocolate Banana Bread sliced

I am super excited to share this Chocolate Banana Bread recipe with you today. I have been testing the recipe for a few weeks and it is finally perfection. It is probably the best banana bread in the history of all banana breads…if you like chocolate. But who doesn’t like chocolate? If you don’t, I am not sure we can be friends. Just kidding, we can be friends because that means I can eat your slice of Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:)

Chocolate Banana Bread on wood board

It has taken me a few weeks to get this recipe absolutely perfect because we keep running out of bananas. Our boys are little monkeys and I can’t keep enough bananas in the house to bake banana bread. Last week, I hid some bananas in the back of the pantry so the boys wouldn’t find them. The bananas turned brown and I used them to make this EPIC loaf of Chocolate Banana Bread. I nailed the cocoa banana bread recipe this time. It is absolutely perfect!

Chocolate Banana Bread eaten piece

So what makes this banana bread so special?

  • Well, first the chocolate, duh. Chocolate makes everything better. It is made with Dutch process cocoa and chocolate chips. I use Dutch process cocoa because the chocolate flavor is so intense. The bread has chocolate chips in the loaf and on top. YES!
  • Next, the bananas. Obviously, it is banana bread. Overripe bananas are the key. If you have to hide bananas to get them to turn brown, do it. When I first made the recipe, I only used one cup of mashed bananas and the bread was good, but not great. I increased the bananas to 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas and BINGO! It is the perfect banana/chocolate ratio. The bananas make the bread super moist and you can still taste the bananas. I like chocolate, but it is chocolate BANANA bread so I wanted to be able to taste the bananas too. 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas is the magic number.
Chocolate Banana Bread whole loaf
  • This recipe also calls for melted unsalted butter AND oil. The butter gives the bread a nice flavor and the oil keeps the bread extra moist. The combo produces a tender crumb with great flavor.
  • I used brown sugar and only brown sugar in this recipe because again, I wanted the bread to be super moist and brown sugar keeps baked goods more moist because of the molasses content. And I know, I have used the word moist a million times in this post and I am sorry, but the bread is really moist and I promise that is a really good thing.
Chocolate Banana Bread cut pieces
  • Another key ingredient is sea salt. I tried the recipe with regular salt and again, it was good, but not great. I used sea salt this last time and it was the kicker, literally. I loved getting little kicks of salt with the chocolate. Sweet and salty is my jam!
  • Make sure you don’t overbake the bread. Take it out of the oven when a toothpick comes out clean or cleanish. If you hit a chocolate chip, there will be melted chocolate on the toothpick. Don’t let that fool you for the batter. You don’t want to overbake the loaf. You might need to test the bread in a few spots.
  • Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then let it cool on a wire rack until warm. Slice and enjoy every last crumb.

This Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is the ultimate banana bread. It is SO rich and divine. And it is bread so it is totally acceptable to eat a slice for breakfast. Or you can eat a slice as a 3 p.m. for a chocolate pick me up. Or you can eat a slice after dinner for dessert. Or you can eat a slice topped with ice cream at midnight. It is the BEST banana bread and I think you should make a loaf TODAY. I hope you have brown bananas handy.

Oh, and if you want to really impress your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, make a loaf of this Chocolate Banana Bread. It is chocolate heaven and better than store bought chocolates or flowers because it is baked with LOVE! And I promise it is easy to make. And if you are a peanut butter fan, check out my Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread. You will FLIP over this recipe!

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Chocolate Banana Bread

The ULTIMATE banana bread! Chocolate lovers will instantly fall in love with this easy quick bread.
4.86 from 389 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
1 loaf


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 large brown bananas   (1 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup canola vegetable oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup  semisweet chocolate chips, divided


  1. Heat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Add the melted butter and oil and stir until combined. Stir in the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, don’t overmix. Stir in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips over the top of the bread. Bake for 50-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean, you might have some melted chocolate chips on the toothpick and that is fine. You just don’t want a lot of gooey batter. Check at 50 minutes, just to be safe. Oven times vary.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and set on a wire cooling rack. Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the bread and carefully remove from the pan. Let the bread cool on the wire cooling rack until slightly warm. Cut into slices and serve.
  7. Note-the bread will keep on the counter, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 4 days. This bread also freezes well. To freeze, cool the bread completely and wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost before slicing.
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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 3 stars
    Made this today for breakfast because I’m 9 months pregnant and I deserve it ok? I’m an experienced baker and should have trusted my instincts – it definitely needed more sugar and a little more oomph. Had three large very ripe very sweet bananas but I still put 1/2 c brown sugar and 1/2 c white sugar and it was JUST sweet enough. Good thing I packed it with chocolate chips bc that helped the sweetness issue a lot. I just really wish I had added two heaping tablespoons of Greek yogurt or buttermilk to give it some zing. Glad I went with Ghirardelli cocoa – Hershey is not nearly as good in my experience. Banana flavor came through nicely.

    1. 5 stars
      Very delicious recipe. I added extra chocolate chips because we love chocolate and also added walnuts.

    2. 3 stars
      I made this once and thought the same thing: not sweet enough for me. People rave about my banana bread and I also use whole yogurt in it

  2. 5 stars
    Perfection! It taste wonderful, mine did fall a little after letting it cool, but hey, it still went down fine Super moist! My cooking time was about 35 mins. I made it with Hersey coco since that’s what I had on hand.

    1. 5 stars
      Have made this twice now and it is a delightful treat. I mix all the chips in, instead of put on top and it makes it so YUMMY! Great stuff.

  3. hey, this recipe is so wonderful. But mine was too soft i think, and its falling apart. Could you help me why that happened?
    Thankyou so muchh

    1. I haven’t tried this recipe but I’ve been baking banana bread for 20 yrs & I think there’s not enough flour… try adding maybe 1/4 cup more flour… I think this recipe is too “moist”. My regular recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, but the cocoa takes up some of the dry ratio, so I don’t suggest using a whole extra cup in this case.

  4. 5 stars
    This is the best loaf recipe I’ve ever tasted. To die for. Seriously. I added some coarse sea salt to the top and it was ridiculous.

  5. 5 stars
    BEST most delicious chocolate banana bread ever!!!! Thank you so much! I follow you in IG and this is the first time I try a recipe from you and now I’m a fan! I took it to the beach with to share with my friends and the kids and everyone loved it!
    I mixed all the chocolate chips in and put a little extra (I have a heavy hand for chocolate chips) used bittersweet and semi sweet and is heavenly! May make it again this week unless you suggest one of the zucchini recipes, I love zucchini everything! ❤️

  6. 5 stars
    So yummy! I was short on brown sugar so i added white sugar and then added a lil bit of nutella. Definitely will save this recipe, in case my daughter craves for it. Thank you so much for this great recipe!

  7. This recipe is great! I used same measurements of flour with gluten free perfect flour blend, and it turned out perfect. If you love chocolate, this bread is for you! And so easy to make. Happy baking!

  8. 5 stars
    So Many compliments! I’ve made this several times in the year since I found this recipe; however, for ease of sharing, instead of in loaf form I make muffins. The muffins make it easier for sharing with office workers (pre-Covid) and other family members. I follow the recipe pretty much as is, but top the muffins with a Chocolate Chunk instead. I’ve been asked for this link many times and am happy to share it – the muffins are always moist, delicious and just the right mix of chocolate and banana flavor. Thank you!

  9. Normally I don’t comment, but this recipe is AMAZING!! It turned out perfect and delicious. I will be making this again!

    1. 5 stars
      I made this recipe today and OMG!!!!! PERFECTION! I shared eith my neighbors and they said this was the best chocolate banana bread in the world. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

  10. 5 stars
    This is so simple and amazingly delicious. I have made oans at home that we (read:me) have devoured and taken places and it is always a hit!

  11. I absolutely love this recipe and its my go to for choc banana bread.I normally reduce the sugar by a 1/4 cup and its plenty sweet in my opinion. I however wanted to swap the sugar for Date paste.Could you help with the proportions?

    1. I made this today substituting date paste for the sugar, (same amount). It turned out very good!! I’ll definitely be making it again. It isn’t overly sweet…but oh so chocolatey:)

  12. 5 stars
    FANTASTIC RECIPE!! I absolutely love this recipe and its my go to for choc banana bread.I normally reduce the sugar by a 1/4 cup and its plenty sweet in my opinion. I however wanted to swap the sugar for Date paste.Could you help with the proportions?

  13. 5 stars
    I made this recipe today and OMG!!!!! PERFECTION! I shared eith my neighbors and they said this was the best chocolate banana bread in the world. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

  14. 5 stars
    Wow! What a great recipe! Mine turned out delicious. I made two loads and after sampling my husband stated that one loaf was his. Saving this recipe for sure!

  15. Help me pleasee.. this recipe is so delish but i have a problem, why its falling apart when i sliced it.
    I need your help about what i did wrong

  16. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this was beyond delicious. And oh so moist. It was so easy to make. I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips and made sure to sift the cocoa. The banana taste is subtle. This will definitely be something I will be making often.

  17. Love this recipe! Only thing I suggest is putting parchment paper on the bottom of the pan to make it easier to take out. Because my bread top gets smooshed when I take it out after cooling

  18. 5 stars
    The chocolate chips on top dissolved completely. How do you get them to stay formed and visible? It was delicious though, my whole family loved it!

  19. 5 stars
    We made this cake today, used half APP and half whole wheat, added some walnut pieces, and as you mentioned, cake was sooo moist, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  20. 5 stars
    I’m very happy that I had enough bananas to make a double batch! This is excellent, although it seems more like a loaf shaped cake than bread. This recipe is a keeper.

  21. 5 stars
    Just made this, added 1/4 cup of white sugar also and 2tbs Greek yogurt. My husband is a tough critic and his response when I asked what he thought, his reply, “it’s f’ing delicious!”

    Nuff said.

  22. 5 stars
    Great and truly perfected recipe.
    Powerful chocolate taste! I added salt like someone suggested in the comment and that was a great addition !!
    The batter had a lot of tiny lumps so despite the “dont over mixed it” recommendation I used my plunging mixer to smooth it and that did a great job, I just really wanted to make sure it wasn’t flour lumps.

  23. I made this yesterday. It wasn’t very sweet but I did like it because I love chocolate and the choc. chips in it make so much richer.

  24. 5 stars
    I never comment on online recipes but I love this recipe so much. In fact I’m about to make it again right now for the second time this month! It’s perfectly moist and not overly sweet. I like to add a LITTLE bit of espresso powder (about 1tsp) to intensify that chocolate flavor a little bit and because I like that it brings out those darker more bitter notes of the Dutch cocoa. (I know not everyone likes this so it’s fitting it’s not in the recipe, but just in case anyone else reading the comments likes a little bitterness to their chocolate too!) Wonderful recipe, I’ll be back many times I’m sure. Thank you for sharing it!

  25. 5 stars
    So, I attempted to make this recipe vegan. I used coconut oil, 2 flax eggs, 4 medium bananas (because I didn’t have large bananas), Bakersfield 100% natural unsweetened cocao from the 99 cent store (because I’m frugal and that store is the bomb!), and then I found ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips in the back of the pantry and the whole vegan idea flew out the window (I have no willpower when it comes to chocolate)! I put all the chips in the batter, none on top. This chocolate bannana cake (because let’s face it, this is not bread — and that’s a good thing!) is my new favorite! Thank you!

  26. 5 stars
    I’ve been baking for over 30 years & this chocolate banana bread was absolutely delicious !!! I did not alter the recipe in the slightest. If it wasn’t for my picky granddaughters, I would have thrown walnuts in it. Granddaughters loved it!

  27. 5 stars
    I have a feeling this will be my new go-to quick bread to use up overripe bananas. I used dark brown sugar because that’s what was on hand. Turned out rich and moist. My son loved it! (Next time, though, I won’t let my bananas get so overripe before making; they were pretty strong.)

  28. 5 stars
    BY FAR THE BEST BREAD I HAVE EVER MADE. Tastes like a delicious chocolate cake. And I agree about using coarse sea salt- sweet and salty is my jam!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe

  29. 5 stars
    Best cake
    I did some modification
    Instead of plain flour use whole meal flour
    Sugar replaced by honey & Nutella
    And add some walnuts
    I simply mix with spoon it was well moist cake

  30. 5 stars
    Banana bread is a family favorite. When I saw this recipe, I already knew it was going to be delicious!!! I used regular salt, and vegetable oil, and put a whole bag of chocolate chips for a double batch. It made four loaves, i use the foil pans that are about 3×7″. It is moist and delectable!!! It is our new favorite!!!

  31. 4 stars
    I wish there were buttons to get down to the recipe and get past the ads, video and waffling on and on about how this is the best recipe ever. I nearly skipped it cause of all the spam. Glad I didn’t but omg! Recipe!

  32. 5 stars
    Delicious! Ive made this almost weekly since April. I usually make two or three and pass them out to family and friends. I’ve made the recipe as is and it’s wonderful. However, I can’t have gluten so I used namaste gluten-free flour and I swapped the butter for additional avocado oil. It’s amazing!

  33. 5 stars
    This recipe is a keeper! I followed the recipe to a T except used less chocolate chips b/c I thought that might make it too sweet. I thought the banana bread turned out perfectly – just the right amount of sweetness. Chocolate flavor was subtle for me. Moist overall. Tasted more like cake than bread, lol. I’ll definitely make this again. And again. And again.

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