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.
4.87 from 232 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. 5 stars
    This will be the 4th time making this recipe in the past couple of months (and I have been doubling it the last couple of times). I don’t usually repeat a recipe this often as I like to change things up, but this recipe is THAT good! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This is absolutely fantastic, with one caveat….I think it needs an additional 1/4-1/2 cup sugar. This could be because I used dark chocolate–Guittard–chips, and Droste cocoa powder. I’d also affirm that you must be careful with the baking time, and remove it from the oven when it’s still “damp” when a toothpick is inserted. Otherwise, it will end up quite dry.

  3. 5 stars
    The cake is so yummy.. My family love it. I added butter milk to make the cake more moist. I baked 1,5 recipe and I used 1/4 cup of butter milk and turned out beautifully and very moist. Definitely I will bake again. Thank you for the recipe

  4. 5 stars
    Quick, easy & delicious! I did this recipe for the first time today to carry to a friend’s house for lunch…. it was a hit with everyone.

    Next time I would definitely reduce my cooking time to 45 mins to that I can get that extra moisture. Will be making this bread again and again.

    1. Oven time varies so it’s always better to check sooner than later:) Glad you loved the banana bread!

  5. 5 stars
    Spectacular. This is incredibly good.

    I did use regular cocoa and I subbed plain yogurt for the oil to cut calories a little, but it is still tremendously good. I also used a square baking dish and only went 40m.

    I can’t stop eating it.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for my picky 6 nephews and 1 niece and they polished it off .. I think their mum managed to get a slice before it was all gone! Fabulous recipe. I did tweak it though. Only used 1/3 c butter, 1/3 c sugar, added an extra banana and reduced the choc chips to 1/2 c in the batter only. Used a 9 cm pan and baked for 40 mins. Thanks Two Peas!

  7. 5 stars
    They are not kidding, this is absolutely the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever made! I made it in muffin tins which worked perfectly, and the result was every bit as good as advertised. Will definitely be making these again!

  8. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly but substituted peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips. Certainly adds another dimension. Delicious.

  9. I made this banana bread today it is so moist and chocolatey basically it doesn’t taste like bread it’s like a delicious chocolate cake it is awesome I love this recipe

  10. 5 stars
    the recipe is created to make one loaf so i doubled everything in the recipe. To make me 2 loaves and still the same nothing changed very basically the recipe can be doubled

  11. I have make this recipe countless times and i absolutely love it. I have done the loaf pan, muffins and mini muffins and it works perfectly every time. Hands down the best banana bread recipe sometimes I add cinnamon it just adds a little something extra.

  12. This is without a doubt, the BEST banana bread recipe that I’ve ever made and believe me, I’ve made a lot of banana bread over the years…

    I had one extra banana so I actually used 4 bananas which translated to 2 cups of the puree and wow it was just the most decadent banana bread!

  13. 4 stars
    Love this recipe – however I found it a bit too chocolately for me – I have just left out the 3/4 cup chocolate chips in the batter and it is great.
    could also add walnuts to replace the chips as well 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    Just made it. Used 4 (!) bananas instead of 3. My kids and husband were fighting over who gets to eat the last piece. Truly delicious. Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    I needed to make something at the last minute with all the ingredients I had on hand (especially bananas and 1 egg). This was PERFECT!! Definitely a keeper and I think it would still be great with nuts and maybe somewhat less chocolate.

  16. Made this yummy bread using peanut butter chips in place of the chocolate chips…OMG, soooo good! This recipe is is fantastic. I’ll definitely make it with the chocolate chips next time. I had been craving chocolate, peanut butter and banana so this recipe easy choice for the substitution. I’m glad I came across it. Thanks!

  17. Just Amazing !!! Made this the min I read it and super yummy I use coconut oil instead…. This would make a great gift for any dinner party .

  18. Sometimes I buy extra bananas to make this. We call it Brownie Log. It is on regular rotation in our home. I do not add oil, I use apple sauce{was out of oil when I first tried it so subbed in the sauce and have done it that way since}. I also add the entire measure of chips into the batter and my cocoa powder is the dark stuff. What can I say, it is a dark, delicious, moist loaf of heaven. Does not last long and there is only the two of us, the grand kids love it too and making it is fun! In fact I am on my way into the kitchen to make it now! THANK YOU for this recipe that I have been using for well over a year.

    I once forgot the butter. Still good but very dense. I have added nuts and I think my favorite is Hazelnuts.

  19. Is it possible to use all coconut oil instead of a butter/coconut oil combo?
    Trying to accommodate our vegan guests this weekend!


  20. 5 stars
    This Recipe IS FANTASTIC!!! It divides up it into 3 mini loaves. Baked at about 315 degrees for 32 minutes. It’s great with walnuts and/or coconut. Thanks for sharing!!! This chocolate banana bread is THEBOMB.COM

  21. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe a few times and each time the results have been DIVINE!!! Quick question though, would these make good muffins and if so, how many would this recipe make? I need to make 30 muffins, I think my 3 year old daughter’s classmates will love this recipe just as much as she does!! TIA

    1. So glad you love the recipe! If you want to make 30 muffins, double the recipe. Use paper liners or grease the muffin tin and reduce the baking time. Check at 18 minutes to be safe, but it might take a little longer.

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