Chocolate Banana Bread

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Tender, chocolatey chocolate banana bread! Double chocolate with cocoa and chocolate chips.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

One of the most loved recipes on the site is our banana bread, and one thing people seem to like to do to change it up is to add chocolate chips to it. That’s sort of a no-brainer, right?

Dear banana bread lovers, putting chocolate chips in your banana bread is like having your bananas and chocolate go on a date. Lovely and sweet, yet still separate and distinct. After a while both want something more—a merging of wills, a commitment!

Well, if chocolate and banana were going to do the deed, this would be the result—a richly chocolate banana bread, infused with cocoa, speckled with chocolate chips, with warm hints of butter, vanilla, and allspice.

 

Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Makes one 9x5-inch loaf

Do not use Dutch processed cocoa for this recipe, only natural unsweetened.

Melted coconut oil can be used in place of the butter. The flavor will change a little and you may get a hint of coconut in the result.

There is only 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of baking soda in this recipe for leavening, so make sure your baking soda is still good! (See more info on baking soda and baking powder.)

Ingredients

  • 3 large ripe bananas (easily mashable)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed, light or dark)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (1/2 a teaspoon if using salted butter)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Special equipment:

  • 1 5x9-inch loaf pan

Method

1 Using a blender, food processor, or a fork, purée the peeled ripe bananas until smooth. You should have 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of banana purée. Butter or spray with cooking spray the inside of a 5x9-inch loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) with a rack in the middle.

2 Place the banana purée into a large mixing bowl. Stir the melted butter. Stir in the brown sugar and salt. Whisk to break up any clumps of brown sugar. Stir in the beaten egg and vanilla extract.

3 In a separate bowl, vigorously whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and allspice.

4 Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir until just incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5 Pour batter into a buttered loaf pan. Place in a 350°F (175°C) oven and bake for 1 hour. Note that because of the chocolate chips that melt in the bread as it cooks, it's hard to check for doneness using a tester that you insert. One way to test is to gently push the center top of the chocolate banana bread down with your finger. If it feels relatively firm and bounces back when you release your finger, that's a good sign that it's done.

6 Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Gently remove the loaf from the pan and place on a rack to cool completely. Slice with a serrated bread knife to serve.

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Chocolate Banana Bread

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  • Kim

    I made a Gluten Free version of this recipe by using
    2 1/4 cups (lightly spooned and leveled) gluten free yellow or white cake mix
    And omitting the
    Baking Soda
    Salt
    Sugar
    And Flour
    * I also added 1 tsp. Lemon juice to the mashed bananas. It keeps the bananas from turning dark brown and the bread has a lighter banana color to it!
    Different variations for either loaf…
    *I’ve sprinkled chopped nuts on top of the loaf just before baking (instead of mixing in)
    *Mixed in 1/2 c. Mini chocolate chips
    * Added 2-3tsp. Cinnamon to the dry ingredients.
    *NOTE: All 3 of these suggestions can be done to the same loaf!
    I’ve had many people ask for the recipe(s) because I make and serve several loaves at a time and they are amazed when they find out that it’s one recipe with different variations! They love it when it’s all on one card!

  • Barbara Jean

    Do I have to put chocolate chips in can I just use the cocoa powder

  • Lisa Farmer

    Why so specific on the cocoa powder?

  • Corinna

    Looks delicious. My good friend is requesting a chocolate banana cake for her birthday. Can this recipe be adapted to have more cake-like texture than cake?

  • Bree

    I’ve made this probably 6 times in the last two weeks (we buy a lot of bananas that clearly don’t get eaten fast enough!). I also add walnuts instead of the chocolate chips. I’ve been making this into muffins though, rather than the bread and I get about a dozen muffins from one batch. They seem to take about 20 minutes to cook. Delicious!

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