Double Chocolate Banana Bread is the chocolate lover's version of the ultra moist banana bread.
Why we love this recipe
- great way to use up overripe bananas
- satisfies chocolate cravings without being overly sweet
- uses chocolate chips which are always available at the grocery store
- includes all the nutrition benefits of bananas
- great recipe for kids to help make because it can be mixed by hand or a stand mixer
Ingredient amounts are listed in the full recipe card below.
- butter - I usually use unsalted butter, but it's not a requirement.
- cane sugar - or preferred sugar
- overripe bananas - the blacker the bananas, the sweeter they'll be
- sour cream - or Greek yogurt
- whole wheat pastry flour - or whole wheat flour
- unbleached all purpose flour - I don't recommend bleached flour for baking
- chocolate chips - Use semi sweet, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate chips for this recipe. You can even chop a chocolate bar and use that in place of chocolate chips.
- (optional) walnuts - This recipe doesn't call for walnuts, but you can easily turn it into chocolate chip walnut banana bread by adding ½ cup chopped walnuts to the batter.
How to make this recipe
Full instructions are in the recipe card below!
- cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl
- add bananas and mash until creamy
- add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and chocolate chips
- stir to combine, transfer to baking pan, and bake
- overripe bananas - black bananas naturally add more moisture and sweetness to bread than unripened bananas. If you're looking to use bananas that aren't overripe, consider making Bananas Foster.
- substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream
- room temperature eggs promote even baking.
- spoon the flour into measuring cup instead of scooping it in to prevent compacting it.
- always sift baking soda to remove clumps
- don't overmix the quick bread batter once flour has been added to the batter.
- don't under/overbake - banana bread should register 200°F in the center when fully baked, or a toothpick should come out clean when inserted in the center.
- store bread in an airtight container once it cools to prevent drying out.
How to store chocolatey banana bread
Just like classic banana bread, storing chocolatey bread is equally important. Always allow bread to cool completely before storing because it helps prevent molding. Store banana bread in an airtight container or plastic wrap/bag at room temperature up to 3 days. Always refrigerate the bread in a humid climate.
More bread recipes
- Quick bread: Super Moist Banana Walnut Bread
- Quick bread: Blueberry Zucchini Bread
- Yeasted bread: French Bread
- Yeasted bread: Cranberry Walnut Bread
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- baking loaf pan (5" x 9" x 3")
- cooking spray
- ½ cup Unsalted Butter, softened
- ½ cup Cane Sugar
- 3 Overripe Bananas
- 2 Eggs
- ½ cup Sour Cream, or Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, or Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat baking loaf pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together BUTTER and SUGAR.
- Add BANANAS and mash.
- Add EGGS, SOUR CREAM, VANILLA, and SALT. Stir to combine.
- Add FLOUR, COCOA POWDER, BAKING SODA, and CHOCOLATE CHIPS.
- Stir just until no dry flour appears (don't over mix).
- Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes on a cooling rack.
- Remove banana bread from the pan and allow to cool another 20 minutes before serving. Note: Banana bread tends to fall apart when still warm.
- Allow banana bread to cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container (or refrigerate in humid climates) up to 5 days.
Traci's Recipe Notes
- This recipe doesn't call for walnuts, but you can easily turn it into chocolate chip walnut banana bread by adding ½ cup chopped walnuts to the batter.
- If no chocolate chips are available, you can always chop up a chocolate bar and use that instead.
Nutrition data provided as courtesy estimates using unbranded ingredients from a nutrition database. Please consult preferred resource for precise data.