Two slices of dark chocolate banana bread on a plate with coffee
5 from 13 votes

Decadent Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

This Decadent Dark Chocolate Banana Bread is perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee or it makes the perfect accompaniment to a cup of soup for dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 16 (1 loaf)
Author Julie Menghini


  • 1.75 cup all-purpose flour I used unbleached
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder can substitute any cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt I used kosher
  • 1 cup bananas mashed (2 bananas)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk see notes
  • 1 cup chocolate chips you can add any variety. I used dark.


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or grease 1 loaf pan with the non-stick method of your choice.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer combine mashed bananas, buttermilk, sugar, salt, vanilla, and espresso powder.  Blend together until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time and mix until completely blended.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, sift flours, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa together.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Mix until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chips and mix just until combined.
  • Pour into the prepared bread pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes and then remove muffins from pan to prevent continued cooking.


To make your own buttermilk you can add vinegar or lemon juice to milk.  To make 1/2 cup buttermilk combine 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice.  Let it sit 5 to 10 minutes and then add to your recipe.
*I like to add salt to the liquid ingredients.  It blends and you are less likely to get a salty bite in your finished baked goods.


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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