Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe
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Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Chocolate Banana Bread in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p53

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greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 265268
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2017

"The flavor was good! I think I would add chocolate chips next time."

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!!"

[email protected] 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!"

[email protected] 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!!!"

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