This chocolate banana bread is chocolate-y, yummy goodness! The perfect balance of bananas and chocolate, with chocolate chips added for extra chocolatiness, it’s delicious for breakfast, snack time or dessert!
I make a lot of banana bread. Somehow, no matter if I buy a bunch of bananas or just a few, it’s never the right number, haha. There are always some turning brown on the counter and with four of us here, banana bread is a no-brainer way to use them up. I have a standard banana bread I make (our favorite version is with chocolate chips added) but some days call for a little more indulgence, you know?
A hard day. A hard week. Too long of a line at the mall. Almost anything is reason enough to eat this! 😉
This recipe was originally from a dear friend of my mom’s who we called ‘Aunt Sheila’ (yes, Sheila!) and I’ve loved it since I was a kid. When my friends invited me to do a post all about family recipes, I knew this chocolate banana bread was the one I’d be sharing!
This works as a delicious breakfast treat, an afternoon snack with coffee or tea, or as an easy dessert with whipped cream!
The key to it’s extra chocolatiest quality is two kinds of chocolate. Cocoa powder is used in the batter, and then chocolate chips are added in for good measure. Cause you know, you really can’t have too much chocolate can you? 😉
And not only is it delicious, it’s easy, too!
I’ve tweaked this over the years to create a little more balance and up the moist-factor. I reduced the sugar, added sour cream, and increased the bananas slightly, and now it’s perfect for us! Chocolatey, super moist, with that sweetness from the bananas – it’s like a chocolate-covered banana in cake form!
As I was making it earlier this week and it was cooling and waiting to be photographed, my husband and son were literally begging me to finish so they could dive in. And I can’t say I blame them! 😉
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used dutch-process, but natural is fine, too)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup mashed, very ripe bananas (about 2-3)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan; set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
- Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until combined.
- Add eggs, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
- Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in two steps, mixing until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Add mashed bananas, sour cream and vanilla and mix until just combined.
- Add chocolate chips and walnuts (if using) with a spatula.
- Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 15 minutes then turn onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Store at room temperature, wrapped, for up to 4 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Make sure your bananas are very ripe, with brown spots all over the peels. If they aren't ripe enough, the bread will not be as sweet or as flavorful.
This bread also freezes well. To freeze, cool the bread completely and wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and then store in a freezer plastic bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
If you’re a chocolate lover, I know you’ll absolutely love this Chocolate Banana Bread!
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