Double Chocolate Banana Bread takes your vintage recipe in a new delicious direction by adding everyone’s favorite ingredient – chocolate!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has the best nostalgic memories of Grandma making banana bread and her house smelling amazing. Every time I smell banana bread it still feels like a big Grandma hug. I wanted to put my own twist on her recipe and pair some of my two favorite foods – bananas and chocolate! Warm, tender Double Chocolate Banana Bread with extra melty chocolate chips is a sweet treat the whole family will remember and request often!
Everything Old Is New Again
Classic banana bread is classic for a reason but that doesn’t mean we can’t do new things with it! We’re taking simple pantry staples, like flour, sugar, eggs, and cocoa powder and adding sweet bananas and enough chocolate to make this bread feel like an extra special treat. In this case, more chocolate is definitely better. This recipe is also easy enough for the whole family to pitch in to help or surprise all of your loved ones with gifts of Double Chocolate Banana Bread!
Other Recipes to Serve with Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- Pineapple Banana Whip is a cinch to “whip” up! This is a fun, tropical way to keep the yummy banana party going.
- Chocolate Fondue takes this Double Chocolate Banana Bread to the next level with your family and guests- who doesn’t love dipping deserts into more chocolate?
Dry Ingredients: Simple, no-fuss ingredients that you have in your kitchen are why this recipe is so great! Just gather the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Pull out the brown sugar too, but leave that for when mixing in the wet ingredients.
Wet Ingredients: Grab those bananas that have been sitting on the counter for a while along with some oil and room temperature eggs.
Chocolate: Here’s a little secret- if you use broken-up chocolate bar pieces, the bread has these magical, melted chocolaty spots that are a chocolate lover’s dream come true. You can use all chocolate chips for an equally but smaller magic effect.
How to Make Double Chocolate Banana Bread
STEP ONE: Set your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a loaf pan or line it with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, including the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.
STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, oil, and brown sugar. Add the bananas and stir until everything is creamy and smooth. Bonus: there’s no need to pull out the mixer as everything will mix just fine with a whisk! Fold in the dry ingredients until everything is moist, taking care not to over mix and create a dense bread.
STEP THREE: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with even more yummy chocolate chips.
STEP FOUR: Bake the bread for 50-60 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. You might have some melted chocolate on the toothpick and that’s ok, you just don’t want gooey batter. Let the bread cool for at least 10 minutes on a wire rack before slicing.
Tips for Success
- Use well ripened bananas for that delicious banana smell and texture. This is the perfect recipe for using up all of those bananas you didn’t get around to eating so even if the peel looks past its date the actual banana should be perfect for bread.
- Along with using chocolate bars in the bread, you can also use your favorite kinds of chocolate – milk, semi-sweet, white chocolate (in the bread, no on it) or whatever combination you love!
- For a bread that’s perfect for fall or winter, add in 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for deeper flavor.
Can I make Double Chocolate Banana Bread ahead of time?
You can make this bread before you need it and wrap it in foil or put it in an air-tight container and it will last for four days. You can also freeze your entire baked loaf, or by the slice, and let it thaw completely before enjoying!
Can I make this gluten free?
Using all-purpose gluten-free flour is a fantastic and easy swap! Simply substitute the same amount of flour called for in the recipe.
Other bread recipes to try
- Pumpkin Banana Bread
- Homemade White Bread
- Banana Nut Bread
- Pineapple Bread
- Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- Dutch Oven Bread
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a loaf by greasing it with non-stick cooking spray or lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and chopped chocolate. Set aside.
- In a large bowl mix together the vegetable oil, brown sugar, and eggs. Add the mashed bananas and whisk until smooth.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the bread.
- Bake for 50-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean. (Since there is chocolate in the batter you might get some melted chocolate on the toothpick. That is no problem, you just don´t want gooey batter on it.)
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into slices.
- You can use different kinds of chocolate like milk, semi-sweet, or even white chocolate (in the batter, not on top) to your liking.
- Add some spices like ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice for a fall/winter flavor.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate after baking instead of sprinkling with chocolate chips before baking for a nice chocolate glaze.