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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 9x5-in. loaf pan.
  • 2. Bake at 350° 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. 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.

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2017

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

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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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