Melted morsels of chocolate mixed into this moist chocolate bread with soft notes of banana make this the best banana bread you can make. Double Chocolate Banana Bread is springy, soft, and oh, so chocolaty.
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
This subtly decadent banana bread is the perfect pairing to your morning brew whether it be a strong and bold roast or a slightly sweetened milk tea. Though this bread is far from healthy it’s the perfect excuse for eating a brownie, or basically cake, for breakfast. As if you needed an excuse.
With a mix of cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and overripe bananas this banana bread has a chocolaty rich taste that’s not over powerfully sweet. Other standard pantry staples such as the flour, sugars, butter, etc. won’t leave you running to the grocery store either.
Quick bread recipes like this double chocolate banana bread are some of my favorite treats to enjoy. If you love this one make sure to try this chocolate zucchini bread or this vegan banana bread. And if you really love bananas these cinnamon sugar banana muffins are amazing!
Double Chocolate Banana Bread Ingredients
This decadent chocolate banana bread is actually very basic and is combined with mostly pantry staples. If you don’t have chocolate chips, don’t worry, you can easily toss in some other additives such as nuts or dried fruit, but this is unnecessary.
- Flour: use a sturdy all-purpose flour for the base of this recipe, which will keep it springy when you load it up with chocolate chips or morsels.
- Cocoa Powder: any cocoa powder will work, but I prefer to use dark cocoa powder because it adds a more pure chocolate taste. It also gives the bread a midnight dark rick color.
- Baking Soda: this standard baking ingredient helps the bread to rise.
- Baking Powder: combined with baking soda, the baking powder creates that springy and soft texture.
- Salt: adding salt to baked goods such as this chocolate bread balances out the sugar for an even flavor that’s not too sweet.
- Ripe Bananas: these are the type of soft bananas that have brown spots on them. They’re great for baking because they have an increased flavor, especially sweetness.
- Eggs: the eggs bind everything together and help solidify it into the perfect soft bread loaf.
- Brown Sugar and Granulated Sugar: there’s a half-and-half mix of brown and granulated sugar to keep the bread from being too dense and not overly sweet.
- Vanilla Extract: the vanilla is for added flavor, however, you can omit this if you’d like, or you could swap it out for almond extract or a similar flavor like hazelnut extract.
- Butter: use melted butter so it mixes easily and smoothly with the other wet ingredients. The butter helps to make super soft bread.
- Chocolate Chips or Morsels: whether you use baking chips or the little morsels is entirely up to you. For this recipe, I choose to use baking chips.
How to Make Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- Mix the dry ingredients: In a large bowl whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until combined.
- Combine the wet ingredients: mash the bananas using one of the methods below and transfer to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in the eggs until incorporated, then add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, and butter.
- Stir it all together: pour the banana mixture into the flour mixture and stir until there are no more flour particles showing. Gently fold in the chocolate chips or morsels.
- Bake: pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle some additional chocolate chips or morsels on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes at 350ºF (177ºC) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool: allow the bread to cool completely in the pan sitting on a wire rack before removing it.
How to Mash Bananas
You have two options for mashing up your bananas, both of which are very simple.
- Using a fork: for this method, you peel the bananas and use a fork to mash them up into a slight puree.
- Using an electric mixer: peel the bananas and break them in half. Place them into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Start at a low speed and gradually increase it to medium-high until the banana pieces are mashed.
How to Freeze Chocolate Banana Bread
Freezing double chocolate banana bread is easy and if you follow these steps you’ll be able to preserve the flavor and texture for months.
- Allow the bread to cool completely.
- Using either aluminum foil or plastic wrap, tightly wrap the bread or sliced bread (individually wrap slices) with 2 layers.
- Then place the wrapped loaf into a freezer-friendly storage bag or container.
- Write the date on the bag/container and store it for 3 to 4 months.
- Before serving: place the loaf, either wrapped or unwrapped into the refrigerator or at room temperature, and allow it to thaw completely.
- Cover with aluminum foil. If the top of your bread begins to turn a hard dark brown color cover it with foil to avoid it from becoming too crusty on top.
- Check your oven temperature. Use an oven thermometer to check the temperature of your oven before you begin to bake the bread. This is often a culprit in messing up recipes or baked goods. It’s always a good idea to have one on hand.
- Prep your pan. To make removing the loaf from the pan easier coat it in butter, shortening, or cooking spray. I used coconut oil. Then line a 9×3 loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper and let the side of the paper hang over the long sides of the pan.
- Add more! You can always add more add-ins to your batter. Some delicious ideas would be shaved coconut, dried fruit, nuts, and even seeds.
- 1¼ cups All-Purpose Flour spoon and leveled
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1¼ cup Overripe Bananas mashed (about 2 large bananas)
- 2 large Eggs
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar packed
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter melted (1 stick)
- 3/4 cup Chocolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF (177ºC). Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and also line with parchment paper for easy removal.
- In a large bowl whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until fully combined.
- Using a fork mash the bananas until smooth and place in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in the eggs until mixed and then add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and butter. Mix well.
- Stir the banana mixture into the dry ingredients making sure to keep stirring until there are no more pockets of flour showing. Gentley fold in the chocolate chips or morsels.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle additional chocolate chips or morsels on top.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until the bread rises and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Oven cooking times will vary from different ovens. Let the loaf cool on a wire rack completely before removing the bread.