Double Chocolate Banana Bread stacked on it's side on a cutting board.
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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

I present to you: a banana bread recipe for the chocolate lover. Satisfy those chocolate cravings and enjoy all the comfort that banana bread is famous for.

As far as nostalgic foods go, banana bread is in a league of its own.  This sweet quick bread is also really easy to mix up and can be topped with banana cut in half or a dusting of coconut or brown sugar.

People have strong opinions about what makes the perfect loaf of banana bread. What are your banana bread must-haves? Are you a walnut or pecan fan? Do you like it slightly undercooked and doughy in the very centre? For me, chocolate chips are an absolute must in all banana breads!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread stacked on it's side on a cutting board.
Banana bread for the chocolate lover! Satisfy those chocolate cravings and enjoy all the comfort that banana bread is famous for. This sweet quick bread is also really easy to mix up and can be made with brewed coffee, topped with banana cut in half or a dusting of coconut or brown sugar. For me chocolate chips are an absolute must in all banana breads! My Double Chocolate Banana Bread has a generous amount of chocolate chips and cocoa powder in the batter. It is sweetened with mostly maple syrup and bananas. You can choose whether you would like to use a healthier flour like spelt or just stick to all-purpose flour. Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread Nutrition Notes

Does banana bread freeze well?

Yes, absolutely!  Banana bread freezes really well. I encourage you to double the recipe and enjoy one loaf now and the other loaf with company at a later date. Freezing banana bread for a few months will not affect the flavour or texture of the bread.

Can banana bread be made into muffins?

Yes, absolutely! Distribute the batter into muffin tins and bake in a 350-degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

The secret to good banana bread:

The secret to amazing banana bread is seriously overripe bananas.

A lot of the taste and goodness of banana bread is dependent on overripe bananas. Many bakers see bananas sitting on their counter and consider those bananas “over-ripe” a little prematurely. I know I do! I have included a photo for reference. This is when a banana is just on the verge of being ripe enough for banana bread.

Always be prepared to make banana bread:

Next time you go to the grocery store, buy several extra bunches of bananas and let them get really ripe on your counter. When they’re the perfect ripeness for banana bread,  simply peel them and freeze them in a freezer-safe container and then you are ready for delicious banana bread at any time.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread cut into slices, with pieces leaning against each other on a cutting board.
My Double Chocolate Banana Bread has a generous amount of chocolate chips and cocoa powder in the batter.

How to Make Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan with butter or line with parchment paper.

Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt) in a medium bowl and mix well.

Bowls of ingredients with a focus on the dry ingredients that include flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt) in a medium bowl and mix well.
Two bowls with mashed banana and dry ingredients for double chocolate banana bread.
Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt) in a medium bowl and mix well.

Mix butter and brown sugar for 5 minutes with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Beat in room temperature eggs one at a time. Once eggs are combined, add room temperature maple syrup. 

Two mixing bowls with mashed banana and a focus on eggs ready to be beaten into mixed brown sugar and butter.
Beat in room temperature eggs one at a time. Once eggs are combined, add room temperature maple syrup.

Fold in dry ingredients a bit at a time until just incorporated. Be careful not to overmix. Gently fold in mashed bananas and chocolate chips.

Some dry ingredients poured on top of wet ingredients for Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Fold in dry ingredients a bit at a time until just incorporated. Be careful not to overmix.
Chocolate chips in a mixing bowl ready to be folded into a batter.
Fold in dry ingredients a bit at a time until just incorporated. Be careful not to overmix. Gently fold in mashed bananas and chocolate chips.

Pour into a greased pan and top with a banana cut in half lengthwise and a generous dusting of coconut or brown sugar.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread Batter ready to bake.
The final steps before baking of making double chocolate banana bread is to pour the batter into a greased pan and top with a banana cut in half lengthwise and a generous dusting of coconut or brown sugar.
Raw banana layed over double chocolate banana bread batter.
This sweet quick bread is also really easy to mix up and can be made with brewed coffee, topped with banana cut in half or a dusting of coconut or brown sugar. What are your banana bread must-haves? Are you a walnut or pecan fan? Do you like it slightly undercooked and doughy in the very centre? For me, chocolate chips are an absolute must in all banana breads!

Bake for 50-60 minutes. Test your banana bread after 50 minutes with a toothpick or cake tester. Continue to bake until the tester comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for at least 1 hour before cutting into the loaf.

Additional Recipe Notes for Double Chocolate Banana Bread

  • I included a small amount of sugar in this recipe so that you can beat the butter and sugar together for 3-5 minutes before adding the rest of the wet ingredients. Beating butter and sugar together for this long allows the sugar granules to really whip up the butter and make it light and fluffy. This method results in a lighter loaf.
  • Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients until just combined. Overmixing can give you tough banana bread. 
  • Eggs should be at room temperature for baking.  If you’ve forgotten to take the eggs out of the fridge, just set them in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes.
  • Do you know how long your baking soda has been sitting in the cupboard? It’s important to use fresh baking soda., preferably not older than 3 or 4 months. 
  • Try setting aside 100-150 grams of banana to mash more gently so your loaf has more texture and bits of banana. 
  • Fun idea: Double this recipe to make two loaves and use the second loaf for making Banana Bread French Toast later in the week.

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Banana bread for the chocolate lover! Satisfy those chocolate cravings and enjoy all the comfort that banana bread is famous for. This sweet quick bread is also really easy to mix up and can be made with brewed coffee, topped with banana cut in half or a dusting of coconut or brown sugar. For me chocolate chips are an absolute must in all banana breads! My Double Chocolate Banana Bread has a generous amount of chocolate chips and cocoa powder in the batter. It is sweetened with mostly maple syrup and bananas. You can choose whether you would like to use a healthier flour like spelt or just stick to all-purpose flour. Enjoy!
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Banana bread for the chocolate lover! Satisfy those chocolate cravings and enjoy all the comfort that banana bread is famous for. This sweet quick bread is also really easy to mix up and can be made with brewed coffee, topped with banana cut in half or a dusting of coconut or brown sugar. For me chocolate chips are an absolute must in all banana breads! My Double Chocolate Banana Bread has a generous amount of chocolate chips and cocoa powder in the batter. It is sweetened with mostly maple syrup and bananas. You can choose whether you would like to use a healthier flour like spelt or just stick to all-purpose flour. Enjoy!
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Banana bread for the chocolate lover! Satisfy those chocolate cravings and enjoy all the comfort that banana bread is famous for. This sweet quick bread is also really easy to mix up and can be made with brewed coffee, topped with banana cut in half or a dusting of coconut or brown sugar. For me chocolate chips are an absolute must in all banana breads! My Double Chocolate Banana Bread has a generous amount of chocolate chips and cocoa powder in the batter. It is sweetened with mostly maple syrup and bananas. You can choose whether you would like to use a healthier flour like spelt or just stick to all-purpose flour. Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Double Chocolate Banana Bread stacked on it's side on a cutting board.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Christy Faber
Banana bread for the chocolate lover! Satisfy those chocolate cravings and enjoy all the comfort that banana bread is famous for. This sweet quick bread is also really easy to mix up and can be made with brewed coffee, topped with banana cut in half or a dusting of coconut or brown sugar. For me chocolate chips are an absolute must in all banana breads!
My Double Chocolate Banana Bread has a generous amount of chocolate chips and cocoa powder in the batter. It is sweetened with mostly maple syrup and bananas. You can choose whether you would like to use a healthier flour like spelt or just stick to all-purpose flour. Enjoy!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 346 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup spelt flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp grey unrefined salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, very tightly packed (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 eggs large eggs at room temperature
  • 4 bananas very ripe bananas (1½ cups mashed) (360g)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp brewed coffee (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Topping:

  • 1 banana cut in half to lay on top
  • 1 sprinkle brown sugar or coconut sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan with butter or line with parchment paper.
  • Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt) in a medium bowl and mix well.
  • Mix butter and brown sugar for 5 minutes with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in room temperature eggs one at a time. Once eggs are combined, add room temperature maple syrup.
  • Fold in dry ingredients a bit at a time until just incorporated. Be careful not to overmix.  Gently fold in mashed bananas and chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a greased pan and top with a banana cut in half lengthwise and a generous dusting of coconut or brown sugar.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes. Test your banana bread  after 50 minutes with a toothpick or cake tester.  Continue to bake until the tester comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for at least 1 hour before cutting into the loaf.

Notes

  • For truly delicious banana bread, the bananas you use need to be seriously overripe.
  • Try setting aside 100-150 grams of banana to mash more gently so your loaf has more texture and bits of banana.
Keyword banana bread, comfort food, double chocolate banana bread, Healthy snack
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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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