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Chocolate Banana Bread

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
  • Makes
    1 loaf


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. 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 9x5-in. loaf pan.
  • Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 184 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Britt
    Mar 5, 2021

    This bread is wonderful. I didn't find the cocoa overpowered the bananas. Maybe I had enough bananas in the mix. Or stronger ones. It is very moist. I was looking for a regular banana bread recipe. Saw the chocolate one and thought I'd try that. The first recipe I saw had an ingredient I didn't have on hand. This had everything I had. I'm really picky about anything I make. This was really good. I added chocolate chunks instead of nuts because my son does not like nuts. He really loves this. Not too much chocolate.

  • redcow
    Feb 27, 2021

    The cocoa overpowered any banana flavor. I was hoping for more banana flavor. Bread had a nice texture and I did add chocolate chips and nuts. I probably will not make again.

  • Jarrah
    Jul 5, 2020

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  • Dawn
    May 31, 2020

    I ended up adding slightly more banana, just because I had a couple extra that needed to be used, some chopped freeze dried raspberries, and chopped toasted pecans. This turned out DELICIOUS!!!!! So good, that it was gone in one day.

  • 2124arizona
    Oct 28, 2019

    The combination of chocolate and bananas works well here. This makes great gifts for the holidays!

  • Lori
    Oct 26, 2018

    Will make again and again. Added this to my recipe box.

  • gnmom620
    Oct 21, 2018

    This is an easy recipe and just enough chocolate. I left out the nuts.

  • amsm
    Oct 16, 2018

    This bread is a nice variation of a traditional banana bread. I love the chocolate flavor. I may try adding chocolate chips next time for more chocolate. I also left out the nuts.

  • mygael
    Jun 12, 2018

    Very good recipe, will definitely make again.

  • Kim
    Jun 3, 2018

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