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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 or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 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 mixing 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.

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2018

"This is a nice recipe. It is not as quickly made as recipes that call for oil (rather than butter that requires creaming), but in the end the flavor is really good. I like a previous reviewer's suggestions about adding chocolate chips and will try that next time for some additional flavor as well."

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."

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