Chocolate Banana Bread slice

Making banana bread has become a part of my weekly food prep routine. The girls love to snack on it during the day and I also love to grab an occasional slice when I have a sweet tooth.

I decided to mix up a slightly more decadent version of my usual banana bread base recipe by adding chocolate! Cocoa powder in the batter and chocolate chips make this banana bread feel extra special. My girls were so excited when I gave them a slice because they thought it was chocolate cake!

Chocolate Banana Bread slices

I know people hate this word, but this chocolate banana bread is so moist! This is thanks to an extra egg, but also sour cream! Sour cream is glorious in cakes and breads and if you haven’t tried adding it, it’s a must! If you don’t have sour cream, you can also use milk (any milk will do). I also prefer to use brown sugar over white sugar in my banana breads. The molasses also adds moisture.

This recipe takes under 10 minutes to mix up and smells glorious while baking. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a sweet treat with some tea or coffee. I always like to freeze some of my banana bread too so it stays fresher longer! You can also bake this recipe into muffins if you would prefer.

Chocolate Banana Bread slices

Chocolate Banana Bread
Yield: 10-12 slices

Chocolate Banana Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Chocolate Banana Bread - This simple banana bread recipe has a delicious and decadent twist with cocoa powder and chocolate chips!


  • 2-3 large ripe bananas (approx. 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or milk)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the oil, vanilla, egg, sour cream (or milk), and brown sugar until mostly smooth and combined.
  3. Stir in the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt with the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in the milk and fold in the chocolate chips. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted comes out mostly clean.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 4g

Chocolate Banana Bread