February 25, 2022| By

Chocolate Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
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This is undoubtedly the BEST chocolate banana bread recipe you'll ever make! It's a one bowl recipe that's super moist, tender, slightly fudgy, and just all around delicious! It's like a brownie and banana bread in one and I honestly cannot stop eating this cake!

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chocolate banana bread on a serving tray with sliced bananas

Lately, I've been working on so many different recipes. However, this Chocolate Banana Bread is BY FAR my favorite. This is the best chocolate banana bread I've ever eaten - chocolate or no chocolate. It's amazing.

The bread is super chocolatey, tender and moist, easy to make, and just heaven on a plate. If I could describe this properly, it's like a brownie and traditional banana bread got together and had a baby. The fudgy yet cakey texture with the chocolate chips... as I said, heaven on a plate! Also, It goes PERFECTLY with a cup of coffee. Or by itself. Or with whatever you like - it's just that good.

sliced chocolate banana bread with a butter knife

As I mentioned above, I have been testing so many recipes lately. I've been bursting at the seems with creativity, however, there's nothing like enjoying something simple and easy, this like chocolate banana bread.

What I also love about this chocolate banana bread is that it uses basic pantry items and doesn't require you to buy any special ingredients. I used ripe bananas just as they became spotty and a little cocoa powder and chocolate chips.. also a touch of nutmeg. This combination of ingredients is out of this world!

How do you make chocolate banana bread

I thought you'd never ask! Ok so super simple recipe here. Mash up 4 ripe bananas and add the sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, melted butter, and sour cream. Then add the cocoa powder (I prefer Hershey's cocoa powder, however, use whatever you have!), flour, kosher salt, baking soda, and nutmeg.

Mix it all together and add the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top! Then bake! Bake for one hour to an hour and 10 minutes. Of note, this recipe requires a 9x5 loaf pan.

two slices of chocolate banana bread on a plate

Tips on how to make chocolate banana bread

This chocolate banana bread is super easy to make, however, see below for my favorite tips to make this bread everything and more:

  • Use kosher salt as opposed to table salt. The salt grains are larger and dissolve better into the batter. It's also additive free and tastes better. (I use kosher salt exclusively for ALL of my recipes, so I'm biased but it's my favorite. )
  • I avoided using dutch process cocoa powder for this recipe. Because of the pH of dutch process cocoa powder, it would interfere with the other ingredients making it too basic. However, the acidity of traditional cocoa powder with baking soda and sour cream make this chocolate banana bread super moist and tender!
  • Use ripe bananas! Not the kind of bananas that are brown/black, just ripe with a few spots will do. I find when the bananas are too ripe, the bread turns out a bit too sweet and kind of weird. So, just ripe will do!
  • Use a 9x5 loaf pan. Anything smaller, the batter will bake and flow over the pan.

What to eat with chocolate banana bread

Coffee is my favorite! Slicing into this chocolate banana bread heating it up with a little butter.. then sipping my coffee?! SO good.

  • Berries, specifically raspberries and blueberries - they pair exceptionally well with the flavor of this bread
  • Sliced bananas on top!
  • Peanut butter smeared on top is delicious with this too!
  • Like I mentioned earlier, coffee!

You can enjoy the bread by itself too. However you decide to enjoy it, it'll be delicious!

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two slices of chocolate banana bread on a plate

Chocolate Banana Bread

the BEST chocolate banana bread recipe ever! It's a one bowl recipe that's super moist, tender, slightly fudgy, and all around delicious!
Serving: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 404kcal


  • 9x5 loaf pan
  • Mixing Bowls


  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • cup sour cream
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, add peeled bananas and mash. Then add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Whisk together then add sour cream and butter. Continue to mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Add cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Fold together and add chocolate chips.
  • Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick baking spray and add batter. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. (NOTE: Due to the chocolate chips, a toothpick may not come out completely clean, however, it should not be coated with batter when removed.)


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Calories: 404kcal
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American

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  1. Having company and I was out of ideas for dessert,well I made this quick and fast
    It was moist and tasty. The best I have ever made. Needless to say;my guest went home with a few.

  2. 5 stars
    Eating this was a little mind bending, but I assure you it was all good. I bit into the first bite with the expectation of brownie like chocolate richness, and instead was delighted by chocolate bananas! How it was so alarming as chocolate banana bread is the name of the recipe I will never know. But as this was my first foray into such territory my brain told me to expect a tried and true chocolate dessert. I followed the recipe in most of the ways but had to make two changes. One is that I used a 9x9 cake pan, because I couldn’t find my loaf pan, and used dark chocolate chips instead of semi sweet chips as I didn’t have any of the later on hand. It baked up beautifully and I cut it up like a cake and enjoyed warm out of the oven. My family loved it as well. I don’t know that it will last until tomorrows breakfast.

    • I'm so happy to hear this! Thank you so much, I'm so glad that you enjoyed this recipe! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Best chocolate banana bread I’ve ever tasted! Thank you Britney, for sharing your recipe!
    I was going to share the other loaf but after I tasted a slice, I decided I’ll freeze the other one fir me fir someday! Haha! So Fudgy. I’ll just reduce the white sugar to 3/4 if I use semi sweet chocolate chips. I used Hershey cocoa like you recommended (left over from chocolate crinkles baking last Christmas!)
    Now I can look forward to breakfast snack tomorrow! !

  4. 5 stars
    This bread was exceptional. So moist and chocolatey. I’m currently heating up another slice with my coffee!!

  5. 5 stars
    Best banana bread ever. Like not even a question. Idk how you came up with this recipe but it was insanely good. Thank you again for giving us another amazing recipe!!

  6. 5 stars
    This js my favorite banana bread. I don't even fancy chocolate much but I decided to try it anyway and I'm so glad that I did. Amazing!!!!

  7. 5 stars
    This banana bread is just delectable - I don’t even really like chocolate that much but I made this for my partner and we both ate it all in one night! It was so moist and not too rich - the perfect balance of flavors. I am just blown away. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!!

  8. 5 stars
    This is Cake Bread!! It tastes like love and goodness wrapped in a hug! I made this for a family get together and it was definitely the light of the party. I’d makes this again a million times over!

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