Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread is a soft, banana bread recipe that is the perfect balance of banana and chocolate. Loaded with chocolate chips, this is CRAZY good!!

Chocolate Banana Bread is loaded with chocolate chips

So yep, here we are today with another banana bread recipe!! I just can’t get enough! I have so many variations already on the site, like my favorite Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, my Toasted Coconut Banana Bread, and most recently my Banana Muffins!

An Easy Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Banana Bread is the perfect combination of chocolate and banana. The balance between the two flavors in my recipe is outstanding! It took me a few tries to get it quite right, because I either ended up with bread that tasted just like chocolate cake (not that that’s bad) OR a barely there chocolate flavor with too much banana. BUT I was able to find the perfect balance in this recipe that I am sharing today! Essentially it’s a DOUBLE Chocolate Banana Bread because I did add some chocolate chips…because why not?!

This banana bread is soft and tender, while still being slightly dense and CRAZY moist! I used sour cream in this recipe, which is one of my favorite tricks to make mine extra delicious!

How To Make Chocolate Banana Bread

Baking Instructions:

I have a formula down when it comes to making banana bread, and it has served me well. Today’s recipe is no different.

  1. I always use butter for favor and texture. Oil is also fine in banana bread, but I like the slightly denser texture that butter gives the bread.
  2. Sour cream! So using sour cream gives extra moisture but also bakes very well, making the banana bread rich but also fluffy!
  3. I use sliced bananas, which is my special trick, but in this recipe, I mashed them This is because the slices of bananas, while delicious, would leave white “lumps” in the bread, and in contrast to the dark color of this chocolate version it isn’t an entirely appetizing look.
  4. Adding extra chocolate chips really makes this next level. You can certainly omit them, but then we can’t be friends.

How To Store…

Of course this banana bread is MAJOR when it’s warm, but it’s also equally delicious the next day! When it sits overnight this chocolate banana bread gets a little denser and more fudgy. It is seriously as amazing the next day as it is the day you bake it, and I don’t feel that way about a lot of baked treats!

Can You Freeze This Chocolate Banana Bread?

Yes, absolutely! Allow the bread to cool completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap, and place it in a large zip-top bag, or wrap again in foil. It will be fine in the freezer for 1-2 months like this. When you’re ready to enjoy, let it thaw out completely and enjoy!

Top Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe with butter and eat it warm

What Else Can You Add?

I added chocolate chips to mine to really amp up the chocolate flavor, BUT you can get creative with this recipe! Add in:

  • Walnuts
  • Chopped Peanut Butter Cups
  • White Chips
  • Candied Pecans
  • Chopped Oreos

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Chocolate Banana Bread

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category Category: Bread
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

This Chocolate Banana Bread is the perfect balance of chocolate and bananas. A guaranteed favorite!


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom and up the short ends of the pan with parchment paper and coat again with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Combine ingredients: In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, vanilla, sour cream, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Mix for 1 minute until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix in the bananas until incorporated.

Add flour and chocolate chips: Turn the mixer to low and add in flour, mixing until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into baking pan. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and top with extra chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 60 minutes, or until center is set and a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool and enjoy. Allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Notes:

Store airtight for up to 3 days.

Keywords:: banana bread, cookies and cups, chocolate banana bread, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, easy banana bread

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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christie
October 27, 2020 11:29 am

This is delicious! I’ve made it several times and it’s my new go-to banana bread. If I make this in mini loaf tins, how long is the cook time? I would hate to over bake this wonderful bread.

Barbara
August 1, 2020 8:49 am

We love this recipe! I’ve made it twice and it’s been devoured both times. I’m wondering if you’ve ever tried freezing it? Do you think the texture would change when it is thawed?

Karen S
June 4, 2020 1:37 am

This looks delicious. Can I use almond flour instead of regular?

Shelby
May 17, 2020 11:57 pm

Omg. Just made this. Best banana bread I’ve ever made! SO GOOD!!

Sarah
May 3, 2020 7:37 pm

I don’t have sour cream. Can I use 1/2 cup of fat free greek yogurt? Will it still be as good?
Or should I simply omit that ingredient?

Chelsea
April 19, 2020 9:48 pm

This is the 6th time I’m making this. My husband loves it and always asks me to make it. He’s a chocolate cake and banana bread lover and he said it’s the best of both worlds.

Fabienne
April 16, 2020 10:57 pm

My husband just made this…SO DELICIOUS!!! with the covid-19 we’ve been staying home a lot and it gives us more time to try new recipes! everyone at home ate it! can’t wait to have another piece tomorrow with my coffee?

Toni
April 7, 2020 10:03 pm

I made turned out looking perfect. Will comment on the taste tomorrow, after I bring it to the office to share.

Suzanne
April 5, 2020 3:48 pm

Can the cocoa powder be omitted?

Melanie
April 3, 2020 8:18 pm

Can I add toasted coconut flakes? Would that dry this out at all?

melissa
April 1, 2020 4:18 pm

Hi! I’m without the sour cream AND. Greek yogurt’ what happens is I omit? Is there another option ?

Tina
March 20, 2020 6:25 pm

This has been on my radar for some time, and I’m letting some bananas ripen for this weekend! Can you recommend the best way to bake it in muffin form? Makes it easier to share that way! Thanks!

Jamie
January 19, 2020 9:20 am

If i like a slightly sweeter bread can i add regular sugar as well if so how much?

Henrietta
November 21, 2019 11:48 am

This chocolate ? banana ? bread ? recipe sounds yummy and I will be making it very soon, could I add some nuts to the recipe, as my son loves pecans or walnuts in banana bread.

August 13, 2019 2:56 pm

Hello. I live in Germany. Your recipes are delicious. Could you convert a recipe from a cup to grams? Please:)

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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