Chocolate Banana Bread

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Chocolate Banana Bread – forget Double Chocolate Banana Bread, we are making Triple Chocolate Banana Bread! Deliciously decadent and easy to make, it’s so good you’re going to start buying extra bananas to ripen just so you can make this!

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread with a triple load of chocolate

How to Make Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread has loads of cocoa, filled with chocolate chips, and drizzled with a chocolate topping. Bananas are great in sweets like banana cookies and of course this recipe takes chocolate chip banana bread to a whole new level.

Quick breads (such as banana bread or muffins) are breads that don’t require yeast and there are a few simple tips that will ensure you get great results every time!

  • Do not overmix.  Over mixing the batter will make your bread dense and chewy.  Fold the wet/dry mixtures by hand just until combined.
  • Grease and flour your pan (and double check you’re using the correct sized pan asked for in the recipe).
  • Bake quick breads on the middle rack of your oven.
  • Insert a toothpick in the middle about 10 minutes before you expect the bread to be done to test for doneness.  Overbaking will cause a dry loaf.
  • Quick breads can be frozen up to 3  months in a freezer bag or sealed container.  (If desired, glaze once defrosted)

Slice of Triple Chocolate Banana Bread on a white plate

Chocolate Banana Bread Ingredients

This recipe contains Half and Half. Half & half is a dairy product sold in most North American supermarkets.  It is made up of half cream and half whole milk and will be found in the dairy case. You can generally substitute any light cream in its place (approximately 10-12% MF) or create your own mixture using heavy cream and milk.

My Triple Chocolate Banana Bread recipe also uses regular cocoa powder, not Dutch-processed cocoa powder.  There is a difference between the two, Dutch-processed is not acidic and doesn’t react with the ingredients the same way as regular cocoa.

Last Minute Tips

Be sure to check your chocolate banana bread at 45-50 minutes to make sure it doesn’t over bake!  If you aren’t freezing your banana bread, you’ll want to store it sealed in the refrigerator. If you prefer nuts in your chocolate banana bread, nuts (such as walnuts) can be substituted for the chocolate chips in this recipe.

Chocolate banana bread glazed with chocolate topping

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4.99 from 100 votes
Review Recipe

Chocolate Banana Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This banana bread is chocolatey delicious with double chocolate inside and a chocolate topping!


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 small bananas mashed (approx. 1 ⅓ cups)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup half & half
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons chocolate chips

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease & flour a 9×5 loaf pan.
  • Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy. Stir in eggs and bananas. Add banana mixture and chocolate chips to flour mixture. Stir just until combined.
  • Bake 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Heat half & half and brown sugar over medium heat until brown sugar has dissolved and tiny bubbles start to form on the edges. Stir in vanilla and butter until melted and turn off heat. Add chocolate chips and do not stir, let sit 2-3 minutes.
  • Whisk chocolate chips until smooth. Cool completely and drizzle over bread.

Recipe Notes

A serving is calculated as a 1 inch slice.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 442, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 250mg, Potassium: 331mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 555IU, Vitamin C: 4.5mg, Calcium: 65mg, Iron: 2.2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword chocolate banana bread, triple chocolate banana bread
Course Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. Holly, i made this cake 4 /Mothrs day in 3 minis, 2 were sold, and the third went to the adult daughter of a very dear long time frend!
    I can only tell you that the adult daughter swooned ver this cake, but i made freeze half for anothre day and not the ntire thing at one time! She had forgotten it was in the freezer, until 1 day she was looking for a treat, opened the freezer, and much to her delight, found the frozen and enjoyed that even more!
    i have someone now who wants to buy this cake, after seeing my pics, and being a chocoholic like me, so i will make it later this week again, and i’m sure shell also be delighted! thx so much for sharing so many wonderful recipes:): kelli

    1. So happy this recipe was such a hit, Kelli! I would love to be surprised with a delicious leftover slice of cake too! That sounds like the perfect end to a day.

  2. Hey!! This smells so good baking! What can I substitute for half and half, if i don’t have any on hand? Would almond milk work, or regular milk be better?
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Hey Sara, regular milk would probably be better than almond milk but any light cream would work as a good substitute.

  3. hi, i’ve just made 3 minis as i mentioned earlier, and b4 these are given away, i’m reading the topping directions and looked at your video which is so fast, i dont feel very confident about making it! you say at the end, when cool, is tht the cake or the topping you’re referring to??you say not to stir the chips, and yet you seem to be stirring immediately!!
    i bake almost daily to gift friends, neighbors, 1st responders, and yet this is my 1st sale and i’d like it to be perfct, so if u could kindly reply immediately, i’d be forever indebted!! thx:): kelli

    1. Hi Kelli, I let the bread cool, as well as the topping, so the topping doesn’t melt into it. Thank you for passing this chocolate banana bread to everyone!

      1. they look/smell great; just waiting 4 topping too cool down, but since they’ll all be transported, dont know abut a cover?? have u ever transported them away from home??
        topping is thinckening as it cools, so think its the best crowning top any chocoholic would adore:): thx Holly

      2. I have not Kelli. If possible, I’d put them in a container large enough that the topping isn’t touched by the cover, or I’d wrap the bottoms with foil, leaving the top open.

  4. hey Holly, looking for a nana bread with lots of chocolate, so made 3 minis, 1 for this friend, and 2 to see, for the fitst time!! they’re almost ready to remove and look beautiful, but not sure how to upload pics from my fone to your site???will definitely fotogragh and try, but unless my friend offeres me a slice, wont be able to tell u how it was; but will try!! thx for this and a few others i will try:): kelli4 stars

  5. I know most people will disagree with me, but I don’t like Banana bread, pudding, etc. I like to eat raw bananas, but that’s it! Can I make this with applesauce instead?5 stars

    1. i love raw bananas and in my smoothies, but until you’ve actually tasted a great banana bread, YOU HONESTLY HAVE NO IDEA!!!
      been making my MIL’s recipe for 20 years and all my friends adore it! i’d just like a change, and have tried probably 30+ variations, many excellent!!