Best Chocolate Banana Bread [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chocolate Banana Bread is the best banana bread you will ever have! Incredibly tender, moist and flavorful, loaded with chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts!

I love making delicious chocolate desserts that can feed a crowd including Triple Chocolate Pound CakeChocolate Brownie Cake, and Chocolate Baileys Poke Cake. 

Chocolate Banana Bread

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.

Easy Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

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 Banana Bread

Recipe Tips:

  • 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.

Best Chocolate Banana Bread

Looking for more chocolaty desserts? Check these out:

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!

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5 from 30 reviews
Best Chocolate Banana Bread
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 slices
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick baking spray and set aside.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Whisk in brown sugar until smooth.

  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and gently fold in with a spatula, careful not to overmix.
  7. Stir in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips and the chopped walnuts.
  8. Transfer batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top of the bread.

  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Cut into slices and serve. Enjoy!

0 Calories: 329 Carbohydrates: 50 Protein: 4 Fat: 14 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 17 Sodium: 136 Potassium: 443 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 32 Vitamin A: 90 Vitamin C: 3 Calcium: 97 Iron: 3
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Best Chocolate Banana Bread is the best banana bread you will ever have! Incredibly tender, moist and flavorful, loaded with chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts!

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eat good 4 life

I love banana bread but even better when it is chocolate flavor. I need to make something like this soon!

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Krista

This looks so good! Would go great with a cup of hot chocolate!

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jac

Mouthwatering! I would go for some right now.

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Des

Wishing I had a slice right now. This sounds simply amazing!

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Amy

This bread has my name all over it! It looks so moist and flavorful. Yum!

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Karly

Looks amazing! Pinning!

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Albert Bevia

I have never had banana bread like this before! it sounds so good! love all the coombination of flavors that you added to this bread. Beautiful images too!

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Carol buckley

Could yo please convert the recipe to grams I get so confused many Thanks x

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Betty

I want to make this but only have 2 bananas. Think I will add 1 grated zucchini. We will see how it turns out.

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Linda

Mmmmmm, I baked this chocolate chip banana bread this evening, and it was (is) delicious! My 3 ripe bananas measured only 1 cup so I added about 1/3 cup apple sauce. My bread baked up in about 45 min and I think I cut into it 5 minutes later. Very good hot and steamy!! I did not add nuts~ Can't wait to have some of this tomorrow for breakfast!!

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Hi Linda, so happy that you loved it :) I make this recipe a lot in my house!

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Ellen

I know this would be a total hit with my family!

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Amy

Has anyone made this using almond flour instead of regular flour? Curious how it would turn out.

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Wondering the same thing Amy, using almond flour. Think I'm going to try it.

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Carolyn

I can't wait to try making this!

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Sue

Is it unsweetened cocoa powder?

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yes :)

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Judith

This looks great, but I can't seem to find a way to print it out. Am I missing a link or something?

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Hi Judith, in the recipe card, under the photo, there is a Print button. Hope that helps.

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Betty

Oh my i just made this , and did it in muffins yum they are fantastic thanks for sharing and I double the batch and did 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar it turns out great will definitely make them again

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Hi Betty! I am very happy that you liked the recipe!

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Thanks for sharing, I’m planning to double as well. Good to know 1.5 C brown sugar will suffice.

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Sakshi

I baked this today morning and it was stunning! I must say, this is possibly the best thing I've ever baked. Great recipe! It was super moist, without crumbling and falling apart, and the chocolate chips just take the decadence of this loaf to the next level.

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I am so happy that you loved it! thank you for the feedback!

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Shellie

OMG??☕️Just add it!

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P

Can you make in a Bundt pan? Would you need to change temp or time?

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yes you can, start checking after 40 minutes of baking, if its not done, check every 5-10 mins, based on how done it was on the first check.

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Janice

Absolutely love this. I double the recipe, Add peanut butter chips and put in Bundt pan. Top it off with a peanut butter drizzle.

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OMG such a great idea! Thank you for the feedback!

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Pat Junko

This is a recipe for exactly what I want - a chocolate loaf that can be adapted for gluten + dairy free. I have a bag of King Arthur “cup for cup” gf flour, a bottle of coconut-canola oil blend and a bag of chips made for eight allergies. Will let you know how it turns out. Will probably add a teaspoon of baking powder and line the pan with ungreased parchment to help it rise. Thank you for posting this.

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Marry

Delicious banana chocolate bread easy to follow! Thank you for the recipe!

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Tina

This recipe is perfect, i didnt change a thing but i had vegetable oil and not canola. In my regular banana bread recipe i use a full 1/2 cup of butter instead of 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup butter but this recipe saves you some butter. You can taste the bananas just as much as the chocolate, the flavors are equal. I baked mine for one hour exactly and it had a crack on the top so i knew it was done and it was still very moist, it didnt get crunchy edges like a brownie. I wont use another banana bread recipe again, this is the best thing ever!

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Rita

I don’t see how many servings this loaf makes. I’m interested in how many fat g per serving. Thank you. 

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it says 10 slices :) the nutrition information is per slice

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Emily

Made this today and it was super tasty!!! My new fave!

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Hi Emily, thank you for the feedback, so happy that you liked it!

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Ashlee

Just put this in the oven!!! I didn't have chocolate/peanut butter chips but have plenty of Reeses peices from Halloween so went with it we'll see how it goes lol and thanks for the recipe!!

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lori

love this recipe, i tried it this weekend and it was amazing, moist and rich just perfect

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Thank you for the feedback! I am happy that you liked it!

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Leo

this is a great recipe, we loved it a lot, its perfect as a dessert, moist and delicious

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This is a great recipe, I am very happy that you liked it!

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Lynda

Can I use boxed chocolate cake mix?

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I have not tried the recipe with cake mix, the results may be different, sorry I can't recommend it.

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Chassity

I’m actually just eating right now. My kids and I could not wait till it cooled off. This amazing, decadent and everything a banana bread should be. Thank you for sharing this!!

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I am so happy that you are enjoying it! Thank you for the feedback!

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deedee

I tried this and it really is good. Moist, chocolatey & delicious. Thank you for the recipe. I have made it with 1/2 cup peanut butter chips, 1/2 chocolate chips and turned out well.

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Ellen Rodriguez

Omg just made this recipe and it moist chocolate heaven!!! I did alter a few things: used 1/2 c of butter and used only 3/4 c brown sugar no white. I had three large bananas so that might had helped w the sugar. 

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I am very happy that you liked it!

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Christy

Would it work well if I make mini loaves and how long would I bake?

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Yes, sure it will. You will probably have to bake for 30 minutes. Keep an eye on them and test with a toothpick.

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Jenny Horstman

Would it work to bake 2 loaves at a time? If so, how would the time differ?

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do you mean two large loaves or small ones? Small ones usually take about 30 minutes, test with a toothpick.

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Debbie Davidson

Hi can this banana bread be frozen?  Just made it is in the oven right now I have company coming this weekend just wondering if can be frozen  Thanks Debbie 

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Yes, it freezes very well. Wait for it to cool down, wrap in plastic wrap and in foil and freeze.

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Raji

Best banana bread ever!! I just made this recipe and turned out yummy! Moist, chocolatey & delicious. Thank you so much for your recipe!!

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Edith Rodenhurst

Hi. I only have vegetable oil. Does that matter?

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that will work very well

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Connie Howarth

Would love to print the Best Chocolate Banana Bread recipe but it's not letting me....

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Are you getting some type of error?

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Judie

Can I substitute the all-purpose flour with cake flour? Will this make the banana bread fluffier/softer? Also, could you recommend a good brand of quality large semi-chocolate chips? Thank you in advance! 

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You probably can, but I haven't tried the recipe this way. I buy ghirardelli chocolate chips, I really like them.

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Teodor

I’ve made this delicious bread, and I can say that its by far the best one we had. It is soo moist and tender, it melts in your mouth when you bite into it. Really greate dessert and worth a try for sure. Plus its very simple to make will be making it regularly. Thank you!

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Tiff

I loved this bread, it was super moist and very rich in flavor. Before, sometimes it was either a hit or miss but this recipe was really great. I loved it!

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Ryan

This is the best bread i had made, very rich and moist just perfect!

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Amy

Hi there, I'll be replacing the walnuts with pecans as that is what I have in my pantry. Should the nuts be lightly toasted before going in the batter?

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Hey will taste so much better if you lightly toast them!

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Victoria

I’ve tried this banana bread and is delicious and super moist and just amaZing. Highly recommend it, if you try it, it’s hard to complain. Strogly suggesting it!

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Sandy

Hi there! I’ve followed the recipe steps and got the best chocolate banana bread ever. We loved it so much, it is very rich and chocolate just melts in your mouth, highly recommend this one, best bread for sure!

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Hi Sandy, thanks for stopping by, and glad that you loved it. It is really a nice dessert!

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Mary

just checking on a small detail. Ingredient list said 1 large egg, but instructions refer to "eggs". I'm assuming the ingredient list is correct

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yes, just one egg :)

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Leila

Best chocolate bread i have ever made. It is  so rich ns flacorful, yet tender and moist. Our whole family enjoyed it a lot and are trully pleased with the end result! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

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Victoria

Wow, where to start... i have made many chocolate banana bread before, but this one beats them all. It came out perfectly moist and soo flavorful. The addition of nuts give this dessert a nice crunchy texture. It fits really well with it. I added extra chocolate chips in it to make it extra LOADED, and the whole family loved it a lot. Will be making it every time, thanks for this amazing recipe!!!

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Naomi

This is award winning recipe. I have made it twice already and can say it safely that it is the best chocolate bread there is. I love how moist it comes out, and the mixture of nuts makes it crunchy, yet well balanced. A well rounded bread. My family liked it a lot. We made it as a dessert and ate it pretty much all in the morning, quite delicious! Thanks

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Ronnie

Wow not sure where to start, we loved his cake so much that we ended up making another one the next day))) it is really delicious and flavorful. Also, it is very rich and moist and this is what we really loved. The second one we added chocolate mint chips, and it was equally delicious)))) also, will be making another one soon and will double the recipe so i can make two instead of one. Should i just double the ingredients right? Thank you!

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Liz

My mom made this cake following this recipe and was really pleased on how it turned out. It was super moist, and this is exactly what we were looking for. In addition, your recipe calls for walnuts but we used pecans and it worked out perfectly! Glad we found this amazing recipe 2 thumbs up!

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Thank you Liz for your review. Appreciate your feedback, and we are glad you have enjoyed it as much as we are. This is indeed a nice, and delicious bread, hope you can find others on the blog to make you happy))

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Karen

Can’t wait to make. Can you use frozen bananas?

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no, preferably not.

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Ivayla

My first banana bread and it is my favorite breakfast/ snack/ dessert. Glad I found this amazing recipe.

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Happy that you loved it

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Sara

I made this bread it was great,, loved it so did my honey,, I substitute the sugar for Splenda and the Splenda brown sugar,,  i can’t have sugar,,it turned out great,, a perfect breakfast or anytime bread,, thank you so much,,

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Great idea, and I am glad it worked out the sugar substitution just as great!

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Katie

How many eggs? It says 1 in a place but then you say to add “eggs”?

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1 egg

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Lynne

Soooo good. I added 1/2 cup of flax meal.

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Sherri Fillmore

OMG!! This is the best bread ever! My family loved it! Thanks!!!

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Dayna aldrich

I don't have sea salt. Can I still make it with regular salt

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yes, sure!!!

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Dana Aldrich

Can I make this with regular salt since I don't have any

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Tiara

I’ve never used cocoa powder before. Is there a good one you can recommend? Also, if I wanted to toast the nuts first; how do I do that?

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Try to look for Belgian, I also always buy unsweetened. The Belgian chocolate one has great flavor!

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RA

Best banana chocolate bread ever! I just baked this but without the walnuts. And it is beautifully moist and rich with a crunchy top. Even my worst critic loved it!

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Sandy Geist

I tried the recipe for Best Chocolate Banana Bread & it came out exceptionally good . I added extra chocolate chips & walnuts and it didn't hurt a thing . This just has a great flavor and can almost be considered healthy. I plan to make this every chance I get .

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Hi Sandy, I am glad you have enjoyed this cake. It is truly one of a kind dessert, and super moist, and very delicious! It is one of our go-to desserts for sure!

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Johanna Bartolo

I tried many banana breads before but I must say this is the winning recipe! Best taste ever - super moist - excellent texture! Kids loved it too. Thanks for the recipe. You have a new fan today xx will try other recipes of yours!!

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Cathy

What kind of cocoa powder did you use , i used herseys and it didnt taste sweet , actually tasted bitter

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I usually use high-quality Dutch Cocoa Powder

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Tammy

This is the best recipe I love Banana Bread but even better with chocolate.

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Thank you Tammy, glad you have enjoyed it!

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Theresa kentel

Making this now. The smell is amazing. I can't wait to have some.

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