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Chocolate Banana Bread is for all the chocolate lovers out there! A rich, tender and sweet banana bread that is full of chocolate goodness and will knock your socks off!
I have been testing this recipe for months now. I've been buying extra bananas each trip to the store just so I could get this recipe perfect. And FINALLY, it is ready to share and I am so excited! This chocolate banana recipe is going to be your new go to recipe for using overripe bananas. It is so rich and chocolaty! Have this bread for breakfast, lunch, snack or sweet treat. I'll be packing it in lunches for the hubby and kiddos. Plus, this recipe makes 2 loaves, one for now and one for the freezer for later!
Ingredients Needed to Make Chocolate Banana Bread
- Salted butter, softened
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Brown sugar
- Pure vanilla extract
- Baking soda
- Instant Coffee
- Whole wheat flour
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Can I use white or all purpose flour?
Yes, you can substitute white flour or unbleached all purpose flour. If you are unsure if you will like whole wheat flour, you can start out using white whole wheat flour. It's basically the same thing, except the color of the wheat that is ground to make flour is lighter in color. I actually like to buy white whole wheat and whole wheat and mix them. I do like the flavor of whole wheat though, so I use it often in my baked goods.
How to Make Rich Chocolate Banana Bread
This is a simple and typical quick bread recipe. One of my favorite things to bake! Like I always say, gather all your ingredients and tools first. It makes the baking process so much smoother. Then, preheat the oven to 350° and either grease two 9x5 loaf pans well or line with parchment paper.
First step, in a stand mixer or using a hand beater, beat together the butter, cocoa and sugars until thoroughly combined. Next add the eggs, one at a time beating well after each egg, followed by the vanilla extract. Now add the baking soda, instant coffee, salt and 1 cup of the flour. Add half of the bananas, followed by the remaining 1½ cups of flour and last of bananas, beating just until incorporated after each ingredient. Next, add in the milk and mix just until incorporated and the batter is smooth. Finally, stir in chocolate chips.
Now evenly spread the batter into the 2 prepared loaf pans. Sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top to make it look extra pretty! Bake the bread for 55-65 minutes or until a long toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let the bread cool for about 15-20 minutes then carefully remove the bread from the pans to cool completely. Now dig in and enjoy!
P.S. Spread a bit of peanut butter on a slice and you will be in HEAVEN!!!
What is the best way to line loaf pans?
I like to line the pans with parchment, leaving an overhang so it is simple to pull the bread out of the pan. Use some clothespins to hold the paper out of the way while placing batter in the pan. Then, spray the parchment paper and sides of pan with non stick spray. When it is time to remove the bread, use a butter knife and run it along the sides with no paper, then using the overhang of the paper pull the bread out. Works like a charm and is so easy!
How to Freeze Chocolate Banana Bread?
Cool bread completely and wrap in plastic wrap. Then place the wrapped bread in a freezer safe zip top bag or air tight container. Don't forget to label and date!
Looking for more banana recipes? Look no further!
- Banana Bread Dark Chocolate Chip Bread or Muffins
- Crumb Topped Banana Bread
- Banana Nut Muffins
- Banana Scones
- Chocolate Chip Banana Blondies
- Banana Belgian Waffles
- Banana Pancakes with Fried Cinnamon Bananas
Try this sweet, chocolaty and rich Chocolate Banana Bread and let me know how much you enjoy it in the comments below! Pictures encouraged on Instagram with the hashtag #heathershomemadekitchen You can also follow me on Social Media to see what other crazy things my family and I are doing! If you like what you see, please share with your friends and family!
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Chocolate Banana Bread
- Preheat oven to 350° and grease or line two 9x5 loaf pans.
- Beat together butter, cocoa powder, and sugars until thoroughly mixed.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
- Beat in vanilla extract.
- Add baking soda, instant coffee, salt and 1 cup of the flour. Mix just until incorporated.
- Add half of the mashed bananas, mix.
- Add remaining 1½ cups flour, mix.
- Add last of bananas and mix well.
- Add milk and slowly mix in until the batter is smooth.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Evenly add batter to the prepared loaf pans. Optional: Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top.
- Bake 55-65 minutes until a long toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Let bread cool in pan 15-20 minutes, then remove bread and cool completely.