Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread

I love banana bread. Seriously, I love the stuff, and I haven’t met a version yet that I didn’t like. Throw in nuts, applesauce, chocolate chips or whatever you’d like–and I’m still a fan. Since we had lots of overripe bananas in the house that needed to be taken care of, stat, I decided to change things up and make a chocolate version of our favorite recipe instead. I hope you enjoy this Chocolate Banana Bread as much as we do!

By the way, this is a totally kid-friendly recipe. My little guy helped mash the bananas (and ate quite a bit of them), and helped mix all the ingredients together. I wanted to snap some pictures of him while he was doing it, but do you ever have moments that you want to savor in the present rather than capture for the future? Yeah, it was like that.

Anyway, here’s the recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread. Enjoy!

Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread

Donella Crigger
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12 -16 servings


  • ½ c. butter melted
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 medium over-ripe bananas mashed
  • ½ c. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add the eggs, mashed bananas, milk and vanilla, and mix well.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and cinnamon with a whisk.
  • Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture slowly, stirring until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into a greased 9x5 loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

You can easily make this recipe your own by adding in white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, nuts, or loads of other additions. If you try it, tell me what you think!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

19 thoughts on “Chocolate Banana Bread”

  1. Thanks for the recipe. My son is allergic to Eggs so I love that it’s egg free. You should label it as so, because my guess is that there are people looking for a recipe like this!

    • Amy, I actually use 1 egg in this, but I forgot to list it in the recipe. However, you can substitute about 1/4 cup of applesauce or another half or whole banana instead of the egg, and it works out just fine that way, too. We don’t have egg allergies here; I just normally substitute whatever I have if I start a recipe and realize I don’t have any. When skipping the egg, throw in a little baking powder (in addition to the baking soda) to help with the lift–about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.

  2. We always seen to buy too many bananas. I am going to give your recipe a try. who wouldn’t love chocolate and bananas!

  3. I LOVE banana bread! This is definitely going in my recipe book. Nothing better than chocolate and banana bread. This looks so delicious!

  4. Banana bread and cinnamon swirl breads are my absolute favorites. I’ve never tried making a chocolate version but it sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. I’ve sometimes used chocolate chips but non cocoa, looks delicious. I’ll be trying this one next time!

  6. This looks so delicious! I’m visiting from the Wonderful Wednesday blog hop.
    PS – I also wanted to invite you to hop on board the Great Blog Train (blog hop) – we are traveling to British Columbia CANADA:

  7. Oh goodness! I can’t wait to try this. I love banana bread, but never make it chocolate. Amazing.

    Thanks for linking up at Share the Wealth Sunday. I hope you will continue to stop by so we can keep networking.

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