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 piece with crumbs

Chocolate Banana Bread

The ULTIMATE banana bread! Chocolate lovers will instantly fall in love with this easy quick bread.
4.85 from 336 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Cuisine
American
Servings
1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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. I was scrolling through recipes this morning and came across yours and it looked pretty easy to make and it was. I followed everything for your recipe except for the oil that I had on hand with a blend of organic safflower oil, avocado & coconut oil blend 100% natural… and I added finely chopped walnuts inside and on top. It was absolutely delicious and very moist as you have mentioned it is a very moist and dense chocolate banana bread thank you so much for sharing I’ll try to take pictures before we dig in.

  2. This recipe is amazing! Made it for first time, and a huge hit. Will definitely be making this again..Followed exactly as outlined and turned out moist & delicious! Thanks for sharing ..it will become a new family favorite. Highly recommend ..5stars!

    1. 5 stars
      I used Hershey’s coco. The chocolate banana bread was sooo good. The best banana bread ever.

  3. 5 stars
    The chocolate banana bread recipe is exceptional, and my family now requests a loaf each week. We’ve shared the recipe and baked bread with several friends who all agreed it’s delicious!

  4. What would be a good substitute for the butter if I’m trying to avoid dairy? the vegan chocolate banana bread recipe called for coconut oil, would it be the same amount to sub coconut oil for the butter?

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I like that it uses pretty common ingredients and can be made quickly. I used just regular Hershey’s cocoa and it turned nice and chocolatey. Especially love how moist the cake is. All I need now is a glass of milk!

    1. 5 stars
      I did it as a big loaf the first time (and got the moistest banana bread ever… amazing) and this time did mini muffins. I got 48 muffins and baked at 350 for 12 min. I was a little short on banana and I should have taken them out at 11 minutes so they weren’t quite as moist, but they worked great.

  6. Is there anything I should do differently for high altitude? I don’t bake very often and don’t want to mess this up 🙂

  7. Hi,
    I don’t have a loaf pan…I only have a 9×9 inch square tin, could you please suggest the baking time? Thanks~

  8. 5 stars
    So I didn’t have a 9×5 and had to use two 8×2 instead and a small 4” cake pan lol. I set a timer for 30 min so I’m hoping it cooks right! It smells delicious!

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious! It is very decadent, more like a dessert. Mine baked in exactly 50 minutes to perfection. There’s so much chocolate though that you can’t taste much banana. I still love a classic banana nut bread but this is a good change of pace.

  10. 5 stars
    Holy Bananas, this is the best banana bread I’ve ever made. And I’m a pastry chef. This is SO FREAKING GOOD.

  11. 5 stars
    This is great! I split the base in half, and added cocoa powder to one half, and peanut flour to the other half, and then I marbled them together to make one great loaf! I only used half a cup of sugar, instead of 3/4. I used self-rising flour and did not add baking soda.

  12. 5 stars
    I made this with regular flour but it’s hard to find these days! My husband and and son love it…
    Would it work with Whole wheat flour as well? Any tips here? Thanks!

    1. 5 stars
      I don’t write very many recipe reviews but holy s… this is delicious! I’m not even a banana bread fan ….. it’s so chocolaty but you can definitely taste the banana. I was going to give some away ….. maybe next loaf …. thank you for this delicious recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    Wow! This is seriously the most delicious recipe!!! It is so perfectly moist and the banana flavor really comes through. THANK YOU for my new go to recipe for banana bread 🙂

  14. Hi!!!
    I made this a few days ago, and it was gone in two days
    It was absolutely amazing!!!!!
    My kids and my husband devoured it.
    So, my son’s birthday is tomorrow and I would like to do this as a two or three layers cake, depending on how much batter I have by doubling the recipe, with peanut butter frosting.
    Do you have any suggestions for the baking time?
    Thanks!!!!!!!

  15. 5 stars
    This is so good. I was craving chocolate and was not disappointed!
    I made a couple adjustments to the recipe just based on what ingredients I had on hand – I used whole wheat flour, used only 1/2 cup chocolate chips in the bread (none on top), and used Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder. I also added a splash of almond extract because I love the flavor. Shared some with my neighbors and they could not believe it was a (fairly) healthy recipe for how rich the chocolate flavor was!

  16. Hi Maria Can’t wait to try this but I don’t have any cup measures – do you have the ingredients in grams too?

  17. 5 stars
    Loved this! Used 1/2 cup butter as I didn’t have any vegetable oil on hand. Bananas weren’t ripe so I put them in the oven for 20 mins, till the skins were nice and dark. They came out soft and were easy to mash. Didn’t have enough chocolate chips so I scattered dark chocolate compound coins on top before baking. The bread came out incredibly moist and chocolatey. Whole family loved it, will definitely be coming back to this often. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  18. 5 stars
    This morning I made my second double batch, this recipe is PERFECT as is! Moist, rich and delicious. Thank you so much!❤️

  19. 5 stars
    Just made this for the 2nd time this week and it’s only Thursday! (Let’s blame it on COV-19)This “dessert bread” is absolutely decadent, moist and delicious, chocolate lovers- you will not be disappointed! It’s the first time I’ve made a recipe that looks as good as the picture! Thank you for this recipe

  20. 5 stars
    We’ve been purchasing produce boxes through a wholesaler during this Covid time period and they’ve included A LOT of bananas so I’ve been looking for creative recipes to use up the over ripe ones. This was a great recipe. It turned out moist and chocolaty like I had hoped. My only issue is that it’s very crumbly and I’m not sure why or if that’s the intended consistency. I made it per the instructions with no modifications so if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them.

  21. I didn’t put chocolate chips on top (we like chocolate, but would prefer not overdo it!), my loaf cracked so bad on the top. Does that have anything to do, or what could possibly go wrong?

  22. This recipe is AMAZING!! I am NOT a baker and it came out so yummy!! I used 4 smaller bananas and the coconut oil option.. and used the Hershey Cocoa! YUMMM

  23. 3 stars
    I followed this recipe with regular salt, salted butter, and a different dark cocoa powder, chopped bakers chocolate vs choc chips. Then halved it because I have a small pan. It didn’t rise properly. The flavor is good. Very moist. It just bubbled over and has a density between bread and brownies. Great flavor, but not pretty.

  24. 5 stars
    Amazingly moist bread! I substituted 1/4 cup of sour cream for the egg and it worked perfectly! This will become a constant in my baking rotation! My entire family loved it.

  25. 5 stars
    Now I never leave comments, like ever but this deserves it because it’s so so so so so so good!!! And easy. Bookmaked so I can bake it on repeat and share with others.

    1. Check at 18 minutes, but it will probably take a little longer. Mine usually take about 22-24 minutes, but every oven is different.

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