Chocolate Banana Bread

Moist chocolate banana bread; this is the best chocolate banana bread recipe I’ve found, and tastes fantastic with peanut butter!

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI have this friend who is an avid cyclist.  And by “avid,” I mean “crazy.”  This woman regularly goes on marathon bike rides.  She is always telling us about her latest and greatest 50 mile ride up some mountain or another.

I don’t know how one rear end can take that much time on a bicycle seat.

I complain about piano benches, but they’re nothing compared to bicycles.

Some time ago, she was gushing about the amazing snack they had after their 30 mile ride up the canyon.  It seems someone had made chocolate banana bread and slathered it with peanut butter and honey.

The thought of it almost made me want to ride a bike up the canyon, just to get a slice.


Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I recently found myself saddled with ripe bananas, when the project I had intended to use them for fell through.  The memory of this chocolate banana bread discussion came flooding back to me.

And if I’m being completely honest, the thought of how this bread would look on this cutting board is the real reason I ended up making it.

I know I’m being biased, I know I am… but The Lizard (our oldest son) made this board in his wood shop class, and when he brought it home, I gushed and gushed about it.  Maybe you saw where I immediately posted a photo of it on Instagram?  That’s the kind of mom I am.  The Lizard said, “You haven’t even had it 2 minutes!!”  Then he took immense pride in the number of likes and comments that photo got on Instagram and Facebook.  (Oh yes, I copied the photo to Facebook.  Did I mention how excited I was?)

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI had intended to be the best mom in the entire world, and send peanut butter on chocolate banana bread sandwiches in sack lunches for the kids.  Buuuuuuutt…  it was Sunday afternoon and that bread just kept calling to me.  And calling.  And calling.

My resolve lasted approximately 45 seconds before I sliced into this baby and smeared it with peanut butter.  The entire loaf was gone within minutes.

Now that I have experienced this particular snack, my butt is going to need that 30 mile bike ride up the canyon.  Was that part of your master plan, Lish?  Because if it was… brilliant.  Just brilliant.

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Chocolate Banana Bread
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Chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips.
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Serves: 8 slices
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 T. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add banana, and mix until banana is mostly mashed and mixed in. Add eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well. Add cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. Add flour, and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 325F for 60-65 minutes. Let cool before slicing.

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Chocolate Banana Pancakes from Mandy’s Recipe Box
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Frozen Banana Copycat from Eat the Love


11 thoughts on “Chocolate Banana Bread

  1. Jackie Hammond

    This looks so yummy, we both love banana bread but add the chocolate and it makes it twice as good. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jo Tell

    OH MY GOODNESS!! Just what my behind needs! (Not true). It looks SOOOO good! I haven’t tried it yet, but will ,soon! I have always liked a peanut butter & banana sandwich. I’ve always liked peanut butter cups. The thought of all of that lusciousness wrapped up into one – oh my! I think I might have to give my Dr. your blog address, cuz I am no longer in control! I have to go now. There’s a grocery list that needs to be made 😉

  3. Kirkley

    This recipe calls for cocoa powder. Does it need to be sweetened or unsweetened? I have unsweetened in my pantry and wanted to ask before I attempted to ruin it! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Ticy

    I tried thid recipe today, and it was the best chocolate cake/bread I have ever baked in my whole live: crunchy on the outside, fluffy and moist on the inside, I just won´t add salt next time, or add chocolate chips to it, because it turned out a bit tasteless on the sweet side. However, a good scoop of nutella smeared on top of it as it came right out of oven was just perfect!!!

  5. Alexis

    The time and temp didn’t cook my bread all the way. Stuck a knife in and it came out covered in batter. I even double checked to make sure I did everything correctly. I used a glass pan. Does that make a difference! I just bumped up the temp since it’s been in for 1 hr 5 min already.


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