Chocolate Banana Bread is the best banana bread you will ever have! Incredibly tender, moist and flavorful, loaded with chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts!
Best Chocolate Banana Bread
Chocolate Banana Bread is hands down one of the best banana bread that I have ever made. This beauty is LOADED with chocolate. I am not messing with you, every single bite is filled with glorious chocolate! Check out these Chocolate Banana Bread slices, you can see the huge chocolate chips!
If you have some brown bananas on hand, you basically have to run into the kitchen and make this, you can thank me later! So dramatically chocolaty that I just want to lock my doors, get some milk, put on Netflix and enjoy this all by myself! This homemade chocolate dessert is sweet, tender, aromatic, with chewy chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts!
Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Banana Bread:
- It is rich and chocolaty this is a show stopper dessert.
- Easy to find ingredients and minimal prep work and dishes to clean.
- Perfect for brunch parties and for bigger crowds.
- Also, very easy to transport if you have to take it to a brunch party.
- It can be made 1 or 2 days in advance so you don’t have to worry about a last-minute dessert.
How to make Chocolate Banana Bread?
I have been using this secret formula over the past 7 years, to get the best and most tender bread. Also, watch the recipe tutorial attached and you will see how easy this is!
- I always use butter in this recipe. It gives it a denser texture, and also a boost of flavor.
- For the most flavourful bread, I highly recommend using very ripe bananas.
- Do not slice the bananas as it will leave lumps when cooked in the bread. Instead, mash them. This is a mix and stir recipe, so avoid using an electric mixer when making the batter. This will result in a soft, fluffy and moist cake.
- Also, do not overmix. Over mixing the batter will make your bread dense and chewy.
- Grease and flour your pan.
- Don’t be afraid to use extra chocolate chips in this recipe. This is really what makes this recipe special. Also, I mix in walnuts. The combination of the two is what makes this bread so special.
What Else Can You Add To Chocolate Banana Bread?
I love using extra chocolate chips in combination with walnuts. However, this recipe is very versatile, and feel free to add the following:
- Chopped Peanut Butter Cups
- Dried fruits, such as raisin
- Peanut butter
- White Chips
- Candied Pecans
- Chopped Oreos
How Long Will Chocolate Banana Bread Stay Fresh?
The Chocolate Banana Bread can be stored wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for about 4-5 days.
Can You Freeze This Chocolate Banana Bread?
Absolutely! Cool the cake completely and fully wrap it in plastic wrap, tightly. After that wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost before slicing.
- Chocolate is one of the main ingredients here, so make sure you use quality cocoa powder and chocolate, as this is basically how the bread will taste.
- Also, bananas must be brown, very ripe, and easy to mush. Obviously, don’t wait for the bananas to turn completely brown, that is overdoing it.
- I also like to use larger chocolate chips, as they don’t fully melt when baked and are amazing when you bite into them!
- Similarly, I like the brown sugar in this recipe, it combines well with the flavors from the bananas and also it locks in moisture, which gives the banana bread that irresistible crumb.
- The chopped walnuts are optional, you can skip them if you don’t like walnuts or just prefer not to use them.
- You can use canola oil, vegetable oil or even olive oil! Also, you can use melted coconut oil.
- The sugar can be reduced from 1 cup to 3/4 cups.
- Also, the bread is very dense, so it will not rise a lot in the oven, that is ok.
- Watch the bread closely after 45-50 minutes of baking, to make sure not to over bake it. I like to check on it at the 50-minute mark and if it still needs more baking, check on it every 5-7 minutes until done. A toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean or just with some melted chocolate on, but not raw batter.
- Serve the bread warm or room temperature, you can also warm up slices in the microwave and it tastes delicious with some butter.
Looking for more chocolaty desserts? Check these out:
- Triple Chocolate Pound Cake
- Chocolate French Toast
- Chocolate Brownie Cake
- German Chocolate Poke Cake
- Baileys Poke Cake
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Tools/Ingredients I used to make this Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe:
- Cocoa Powder – love this one, it is a bit more expensive, but it tastes amazing!
- Loaf Pan – huge fan of their products, always great quality!
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 10 mins
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup large semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sea salt, whisk to combine or if you have time, it is better to sift all the ingredients. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until no large chucks are left. Add the slightly cooled melted butter, oil, vanilla and eggs. Stir until fully combined.
Whisk in brown sugar until smooth.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and gently fold in with a spatula, careful not to overmix.
- Stir in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips and the chopped walnuts.
Transfer batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top of the bread.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean, with no raw batter onto it. Start checking on the bread at the 50 minute mark, and if still needs to bake more, check on it every 5 minutes.
- Once fully baked, remove the pan from the oven and set on a wire cooling rack. Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes. For easy removal, run a knife around the edges of the bread and gently remove from the pan onto the wire cooling rack, let it stand until slightly warm.
Cut into slices and serve. Enjoy!