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Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Nothing tops old-fashioned banana bread, except maybe this chocolate version! Each slice is studded with nuts. —Connie Deke, DeWitt, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional


  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, bananas, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to the banana mixture and mix just until combined. Fold in nuts if desired. Transfer to a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 184 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Chocolate Banana Bread

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Ginnywest User ID: 8924376 253523
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"Wow this is the best banana bread I have ever made-and I have made a few in the last 50 years! This will be my go to recipe for ripe bananas!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1501417 244180
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"This was pretty good but I used half of the salt. A full teaspoon seemed like an awful lot of salt. I also threw in some chocolate chips and shredded coconut. I made muffins and they were moist and fluffy but they just seemed to be missing something. I'll make these again but try adding a little cinnamon."

parelius User ID: 1026528 233446
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"Did not care for this recipe. I had such high hopes. I will stick with my go-to chocolate banana bread which is more moist and flavorful."

Calruby User ID: 8539064 232932
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"I had to try this...I had a few ripe bananas. After reading the reviews, I decided to get rid of the little sour cream I had left so I used it instead of the milk. I also threw in a handful of mini-chocolate chips. I could smell it at about 40 minutes. Ovens always vary in baking times and temps, but in my oven, this bread was perfectly done in 45 minutes. I would like to make this one again."

jscanlon922 User ID: 8524222 232226
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"This was very easy to make, and tasted yummy. I did make some changes, in order to make sure it would come out moist. I added 1 tsp. baking powder, substituted 1/2 butter for applesauce, added 1/4 cup sour cream instead of the milk, and added 1 tsp. cinnamon for extra flavor. I would make this again with my substitutions, but would also add chocolate chips and nuts, for even yummier results."

nana2602 User ID: 5643418 231744
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"Made this to sell at a Farmer's Market. Used 1/2 butter-1/2 applesauce, also took the advice of another and added 1/3 c of cocoa powder, baked in mini loaf pans. Topped with mini chocolate chips, Winner."

HNY2012 User ID: 6138361 225621
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"These were so good! Made muffins instead. Used 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 4 oz of unsweetened applesauce mixed with the mashed bananas, 1 tsp cinnamon and sprinkled mini chocolate chips on top. Baked for about 18 minutes. I was lucky to get one. They went fast!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 7075551 223484
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"My usual recipe for banana bread includes adding a cup of chocolate chips.

I decided to try this recipe, but I made them into muffins instead and added a cup of chips also-then bake for 15 minutes. They came out moist and delicious, and my wife and daughter said not to bother making the other ones again."

lsjhammond1 User ID: 7863457 28064
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"My 12 yr old grandson made your delicious recipe today by himself to earn points toward his scout cooking badge :) He made two mini loaf pans. One with nuts, one without.

He was very happy and proud with the results. Not to mention, he, his Papa and myself reaped the YUMMY benefits!!!"

nette1966 User ID: 7583146 34740
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"I made this today after reading the reviews about it being to dry I decided to try adding some extra bananas and some apple sauce did the job had to cook about an extra 10 min but it's so good"

Danielle_09 User ID: 3114908 83764
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"Very tasty! It was a tad bit dry but that didn't bother me. I used 3 over ripe bananas instead of just ripe. Rather than nuts I added a half cup of chocolate chips to the batter and then I poured it into 4 mini loaf pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes. I like the idea of adding cinnamon. Next time iIll do that !"

isevaga User ID: 1492255 83211
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"i loved it .it was not dry ."

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 75530
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"awful. threw it out. very dry; lacked flavor. save yourself time & money and make the Best Ever Banana Bread on the website - add chocolate chips if you like it chocolatey."

JZ9495 User ID: 6956759 48227
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"Added a little more baking cocoa, bananna and 1 tsp of cinnamon and it turned out okay. A little dry. I would suggest using more bannana."

3188ashley User ID: 6886748 89953
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"Looked so good.. Made it for the first time. Seems very dry. Crumbles when you cut it. Not much taste. Would not make again."

msnbthomas User ID: 713966 70729
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"I doubled this recipe. To one loaf I added a cup of chocolate chips. It was great. To the other loaf I added 1 cup chopped mini dark chocolate Reece's peanut butter cups. It was even more wonderful!!!! I did cook for 65 to 70 minutes."

lopezwr1ter User ID: 6747772 44228
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"This recipe is definetly a keeper in my house! My family gobbled it all up! We added chocolate chips to the mix, delicious!"

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 29612
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

"This was a good bread. I can't use nuts because my daughter is allergic, so it was a little bland without it. I think next time I will add white chips. I think that will make all of the difference. Oh, I also added a tsp of cinnamon, I love a chocolate and cinnamon combo."

blondie478 User ID: 1409591 29569
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"I added chocolate chips and 1 tsp of almond extract to this mix (I doubled it) YUMMMMMY"

sudeetoo User ID: 1847838 84404
Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"It was good but next time I would add more cocoa...chocolate flavor was too light for me as well as the others who tasted it."

lilhappyspoon User ID: 6401515 29610
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"Wow! This unique twist on banana bread made my kitchen smell like a chocolate cake! I used 1/2 cup of Splenda blend, a little sour cream, a little low fat peanut butter, and omitted the nuts. I serve this bread for breakfast, but it would also make a nice dessert."

VictoriaCross User ID: 6162059 75475
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"This is absolutely delicious. I used unsalted, chopped cashews for the nuts, and Fry's Cocoa. My first time batch rose even higher than the photo! I sieved the bananas to cut down on the potential for heaviness which plagues so many banana bread recipes. I scoffed a bit at the idea of 16 servings from one 9x5 loaf, but the cocoa packs such a powerful taste punch that one thinnish slice is a sufficient dessert with a nice cup of tea. The only complaint I had was from my 93-year-old mother-in-law who thought the banana flavour was overwhelmed by the cocoa. She is extremely fond of bananas, so next time I will make a more traditional banana bread for her. This is a real "keeper" recipe, and I can imagine using it for guest brunches."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 28063
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011 Edited Apr. 24, 2014

"Eliminated the nuts & added 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips & 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips. Turned out perfect! Moist & flavorful! Makes 4 mini loaves (5.75" x 3")."

shaunaanne User ID: 674953 84400
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"Very yummy. I cut the sugar by almost half and it was still good. Some say it might be bland. Great way to hide the banana favor."

lightedway User ID: 4228023 29568
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"I love peanut butter and bananas. Instead of nuts I added chopped Reese's peanut butter cups. I also used buttermilk instead of regular milk. I can't explain to you how fantastic this is. Chocolate, peanut butter and bananas. This bread is dense but so moist. Love it Love it. Try the Reese's it is so good."

lady_pearle User ID: 1047850 29601
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I made two of these last night, both with apple sauce instead of the butter and one with choc chops and one without.

Very tasty!"

walkinwjc User ID: 5582239 89951
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"This is how I made it, I substituted cinnamon applesauce for the butter but left everything else the same! Lower fat and YUMMY! We nver have left overs and it is so moist you have to eat it quick. I have added cherry chips and butterscotch chips and called it Banana split bread!"

Dizzaster User ID: 5318170 89949
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"Excellent! I used dark chocolate baking cocoa and had to use (fat free)buttermilk because my regular milk was bad :P but the results are AWESOME! Next time, I'm going to throw in some chocolate chips!"

Laura2009 User ID: 1897214 34739
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2010

"What a wonderful way to use up ripe bananas and satisfy a taste for chocolate. I will be making this again many times."

honeysucklerose User ID: 4098761 83754
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

"Try throwing in some white chocolate chips for a little indulgence."

lisawagner User ID: 4234790 34050
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"I used evaporated milk and added 1 Hershey's chocolate bar, 1/3 cup of peanut butter chips & mini chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of Heath toffee bits. Who says you can't have dessert for breakfast."

Sassy2U2 User ID: 615445 34738
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"My Granddaughter and I Love alot of these recipes.Easy to make and family Loves tasting them.Thanks Taste of Home."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 89946
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2009

"This bread is easy to make, but tastes a bit on the bland side. Maybe needs some chocolate chips or cinnamon to add a bit of flavor."

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