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Chocolate Banana Bread

This chocolate banana bread is always a hit when I make it. It’s an easy one-bowl recipe and the chocolate and banana are a great flavor combination.

photo of chocolate banana bread in a baking pan

Whenever I make banana bread, I have to make a chocolate version because everything tastes better with chocolate! What I love about this bread is that the cocoa powder and chocolate chips add a double dose of chocolate flavor, but it doesn’t overwhelm the bread. You can still taste both the banana flavor and chocolate.

I’ve made several variations on banana bread like my Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread, Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Bread, and Blueberry Banana Bread but I have to admit this simple chocolate banana bread is one of my favorites!


photo of a loaf of Chocolate Banana Bread

Tips for the Best Banana Bread

I love how easy it is to make banana bread and this chocolate one is just as easy. You only need one bowl and it only takes about 10 minutes to make the batter.

The best bananas for banana bread are ones that have over-ripened. It may seem weird, but you want bananas with peels that have a lot of brown spots. When bananas are over-ripe, their flavor is intensified which will give your bread a lot of flavor.

My other secret to really good banana bread is adding sour cream. The sour cream makes the bread lighter and incredibly moist.

photo of three slices of chocolate banana bread on a plate

Type of Chocolate

There are two kinds of chocolate in this banana bread: unsweetened cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

You only need two tablespoons of cocoa powder which gives the banana bread a nice chocolate flavor without overpowering the banana flavor.

I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips but you can also substitute milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips.

This chocolate banana bread smells so good while it’s baking! With some baked goods, it’s better to let them cool completely to allow the flavors to really develop, but this bread tastes great right from the oven. It’s so hard to resist.

close-up photo of sliced chocolate banana bread on a plate

You might like my banana bread with yogurt, too!

Chocolate Banana Bread

Servings: 2 (7 x 3-inch) loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
The addition of cocoa powder and chocolate chips adds a new flavor to banana bread that is delicious. It tastes especially great right out of the oven. You can still taste the banana, but you taste chocolate as well.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Grease two 7x3 inch loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, yogurt, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda, cocoa powder and flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


Recipe adapted from All Recipes

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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slices of Chocolate Banana Bread

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