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Five slices of banana bread stacked on top of one another

Chocolate Banana Bread

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate banana bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cooling: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 239kcal
Author: Brenda
My Chocolate Banana Bread recipe is moist, tender, and full of chocolate flavor. Almost as rich as chocolate cake, but still light enough to have for breakfast. 
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  • 2 cups AP Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 sticks butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup coffee
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Kitchen Equipment Needed


  • Preheat your oven to 325F if using a dark pan or 350F if you are using a light colored pan.
  • Prepare your loaf pan. Spray with non stick spray or butter interior and use some parchment paper on the inside. This will make it easier for removing the loaf after it is baked.
  • Sift together dry ingredients into a bowl: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl combine melted butter and sugar. Combine.
  • Add eggs to the wet ingredients. Mix to combine. Don't overmix.
  • Add buttermilk, coffee, and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • Add half the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  • Add other half of the dry ingredients and mix until just combined being careful to not over mix.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake.
  • Bake 45-55 minutes checking for doneness with a cake tester or toothpick. When the tester comes out clean it is cooked all the way through. Remove from oven.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for another 10 minutes before slicing.


  • For more molasses flavor, replace some of the white sugar with brown sugar for a more complex flavor
  • Start checking your banana bread at 45 minutes and be sure to test it in the middle where it is least likely to be fully cooked
  • You can also use frozen bananas that have been defrosted in place of overripe bananas
  • This mix can handle about ¾ of a cup of mix ins if you want to add just a little something extra to your chocolate banana bread.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.8mg