This chocolate banana bread is super soft and bursting with banana and chocolate flavor. The perfect recipe to use up ripe bananas!
While I absolutely love a classic banana bread, it’s also fun to make different variations as well. This double chocolate banana bread is a favorite, as well as chocolate chip banana bread, cranberry banana bread and pumpkin banana bread.
Banana bread is a staple at our house. We make it at least once a month. We absolutely love my classic chocolate chip banana bread, however adding the extra chocolate makes it feel extra special. My kids always get so excited when the bananas are over ripe, so we can start baking.
The cocoa in the batter and chocolate chunks studded throughout add the perfect flavor. This recipe is so easy to make and has the perfect balance of bananas. It is very moist and rich in flavor. It could almost pass off as chocolate cake, but then we wouldn’t be able to eat it for breakfast…and I’m all about eating banana bread for breakfast. ;)
The secret ingredient in this recipe is the sour cream. You could also substitute plain Greek yogurt. Don’t worry, you can’t taste it but it makes it soft and tender.
- Sour cream
- Cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
How to make double chocolate banana bread
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- Preheat oven and grease pans. Preheat oven to 325°F and lightly grease two bread pans. Set aside.
- Combine ingredients. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Mix in eggs, then add vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until combined. Then fold in bananas and chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into pans and bake. Pour into 2 large loaf pans (or 4 small loaf pans). You can also make 24 muffins with this recipe. Top with a few extra chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 1 hour in large loaf pan, 35-45 minutes in a small loaf pan or 22-25 minutes in a muffin pan. Make sure bread comes clean with toothpick.
- Let cool. Once bread is cooked, allow to cool in pan for at least 10 minutes. Then remove bread and place on cooling rack.
- Slice and enjoy. Slice bread and enjoy with a cold glass of milk!
- I like to use chocolate chunks when making this recipe, but chocolate chips work great too.
- Use ripe (brown spotted) bananas for optimal sweetness.
- Don’t over beat the batter. Just mix until combined.
- Add extra chunks/chips on top of batter prior to baking.
- Line your pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
- You can make muffins with this recipe if preferred (it will make 24 muffins, bake at 325°F for 20-25 minutes).
Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe
- 1/2 cup salted butter , softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 ripe bananas , mashed (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
- Preheat oven to 325°F if making a loaf and 350°F is making muffins. Lightly grease two bread pans and then set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Then mix in eggs. Next add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to sugar mixture and stir until combined. Fold in bananas and chocolate chips (reserve a few for the top). Top with with extra chocolate chips if desired. Pour into 2 large loaf pans or 4 small loaf pans. You can also make 24 muffins with this recipe.
- Bake for 1 hour in a loaf pan, 35-45 minutes in a small loaf pan or 20 minutes in a muffin pan. Make sure it comes clean with a toothpick.
- Once the bread is cooked, allow to cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes and then remove the bread and place on a cooling rack.
- Slice and enjoy with a cold glass of milk!
This recipe also makes great muffins. Simply line a muffin pan with liners or spray with non-stick spray and fill 2/3 the way full. Then bake muffins at 350°F for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Another fun variation for my chocolate peanut butter fans out there is to drizzle a peanut butter glaze over the top. Simply melt 1/4 cup peanut butter in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and then drizzle over the top. If you want even more peanut butter flavor, substitute half the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips in the batter. Yum!
I hope you give it a try the next time you find yourself with a bunch of ripe bananas. :) Enjoy!