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Chocolate Banana Bread

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


This easy chocolate banana bread recipe is moist and rich. Chocolate bread is the perfect recipe for brunch, a snack, or even dessert!


  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 3 to 4 very ripe bananas (enough for 1 cup total)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Chop the walnuts.
  3. Mash the bananas in the bottom of a large bowl, enough for 1 cup. Melt the butter, then whisk it into the bananas along with the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the baking soda, kosher salt, all-purpose flour, and Dutch-process cocoa powder to the bowl and stir together with a spoon.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and top with chopped walnuts.
  6. Bake 55 to 65 minutes (insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf: if it comes out clean, it’s done!) Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then run a knife around the edge and invert the loaf onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. The bread keeps up to 4 days at room temperature wrapped in aluminum foil.


Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Banana Bread, Chocolate Banana Bread, Easy Chocolate Banana Bread, How to Make Banana Bread