AMAZING Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is moist, fudgy, and loaded with three kinds of chocolate, making it a mouthwatering way to use up overripe bananas!

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If you love a good chocolate recipe, I think you'll also enjoy Warm Chocolate Cobbler, Homemade Chocolate Syrup, or Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue!

If you're anything like me, you always have overripe bananas sitting on the counter, on a quest to discover their purpose in life. And let's face it...baking them into standard banana bread is good, but that can get kind of boring. I've always thought that chocolate and bananas pair beautifully, but the first time I made this moist, fudgy Chocolate Banana Bread, it actually exceeded my expectations. In fact, it's become one of my family's favorite ways to use up seen-better-days bananas!

TRIPLE Chocolate Banana Bread

Who doesn't love banana bread? And this is banana bread with chocolate. Three kinds of it, to be exact:

  1. Cocoa powder is sifted into the dry ingredients.
  2. Melted baking chocolate is stirred into the batter.
  3. And plenty of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips take this recipe completely over the top!

The resulting Chocolate Banana Bread is soft and moist and oh-so-chocolatey. It's delicious for breakfast or as a snack. And while it's perfectly tasty at room temperature, it is amazing still-warm out of the oven with a pat of butter slathered on top.

3 loaves of Chocolate Banana Bread with bananas in background

How to Make Chocolate Banana Bread

The steps for this Chocolate Banana Bread recipe are quick, simple, and pretty standard compared to most quick breads.

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In another bowl, beat the sugar into the butter until fluffy.
  3. Blend in the egg, vanilla, melted chocolate, mashed bananas, and sour cream, keeping in mind that it's normal for the batter to look slightly curdled until the next step.
  4. Gently stir in the flour mixture and the chocolate chips until just incorporated.

Transfer to pans, pop in the oven, and do your best to patiently wait for the best darn banana bread this side of the Mississippi!

Aerial view of slice on cutting board

A Note on the Flour...

You can definitely make this Chocolate Banana Bread recipe using regular white all-purpose flour. But I typically make it with whole wheat pastry flour. It makes me feel better about eating an oversized slice as part of a balanced breakfast. 😉

I love baking quick breads, muffins, pancakes, waffles, and such with whole wheat pastry flour because it's a 100% whole wheat flour with a lighter taste and texture than regular whole wheat flour. And by using whole wheat pastry flour in a chocolate-infused recipe like this, I don't think anyone would ever guess that it wasn't made with regular white flour.

Aerial view of tops of two loaves

Pan Size Preference

One of the things I've learned about baking quick breads is that I often prefer the outcome when I divide my batter between mini loaf pans instead of baking a full-sized loaf. Full-sized loaves are great. However, in my experience, it's sometimes difficult to get the center of the loaf to the desired level of doneness without overcooking the edges.

The other bonus of baking smaller loaves? They're done -- and ready to slice into! -- that much quicker. Multiple loaves also make sharing and gift-giving possible...if you can restrain yourself from eating them all first.

Chocolate Banana Bread loaves on wooden board.

The next time you have a couple of overripe bananas and nary a plan, I totally think you should try this Triple Chocolate Banana Bread! You may never make plain ol' banana bread again.

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Triple Chocolate Banana Bread ~ moist, fudgy, and loaded with three kinds of chocolate, making this banana bread recipe a mouthwatering, delicious way to use up overripe bananas! | FiveHeartHome.com

AMAZING Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is moist, fudgy, and loaded with three kinds of chocolate, making it a mouthwatering way to use up overripe bananas!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 servings (3 mini loaves)
Calories: 323kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour OR whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup mashed banana, from approximately 2 large or 3 medium overripe bananas
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or spray with cooking spray) three 5 ¾" x 3 ¼" x 2" mini loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until smooth, and then beat in the sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the egg, vanilla, melted chocolate, mashed bananas, and sour cream until fully incorporated. The batter may look curdled at this point, but it will smooth out with the addition of the flour mixture. Gently mix in the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips until just incorporated.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool bread in the pans for 10 minutes before loosening the edges and turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Instead of mini loaves, you may bake this Chocolate Banana Bread in a full-sized loaf pan for 60 minutes or until the center tests done.

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 326IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg
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Post originally published on March 4, 2014 and updated on September 7, 2019, August 27, 2022, and January 8, 2024.

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21 Comments

  1. Lovely crusty top and taste, mine came out a little stodgy though, getting used to new oven i think caused this.
    Easy recipe, going to try the coconut chocolate chip one next.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! I’ve been looking for a good banana bread recipe with melted chocolate for ages, because I had some bittersweet chocolate to get rid of (just too bitter to eat on its own!).
    My tin wasn’t quite big enough so I put the rest of the mixture into two muffin tins. I took them out after 20-25 minutes and they were so light and fluffy. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! 🙂

    1. I've made this twice, both times with almond flour. The 1st time it came out fine and the 2nd time it did not get done completely, it actually fell and the middle was very moist. The only thing different I did the 1st time is sift the Almond flour before I measured it. Do you have any advice on using almond flour in this recipe?

      1. I'm sorry, Susan. I've never tried making this recipe with almond flour, so I'm not able to offer any suggestions. But I do know that almond flour acts pretty differently than wheat flour when it comes to baking, so I imagine this recipe would have to be adapted in some way in order for it to work.

  3. Chocolate everything...it sounds wonderful. I just happen to have some bananas ready to be made into bread and I may just make this one. Thanks! Pinned!

  4. Pinned! This bread looks so moist and delicious, I wish I had a piece right now to go with my coffee!

    Love your blog, I found you over on Weekend Potluck 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Jessica, for the kind words and the pin! I'm glad you stopped by, and I hope you have a chance to try this recipe soon to accompany your coffee. 😉 Have a great week!

  5. Oh.. totally hoping over to check it out Samantha. I actually have 6 bananas sitting on my counter right now. I see this bread in the near future! YUM!

    1. With six bananas, Krista, you can make a triple recipe -- ha! 😉 Seriously, though, I hope your family enjoys this one. Thanks for hopping over, and have a great rest of the weekend!

  6. This looks amazingly delicious and decadent. You can never go wrong pairing bananas and chocolate (especially this much chocolate haha)!

    1. I'm totally with you, Rebecca...the more chocolate, the better! And the bananas are a nice touch in banana bread, too -- ha! 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by...hope you're having a great weekend!

    1. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! And thank you for hosting The Weekend Retreat each week...I always enjoy linking up with y'all! 🙂

  7. Chocolate and banana bread is the best! This looks so moist and decadent. Can't wait to try it. Found you on the Weekend Re-Treat Link Party.

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Rach! It definitely tastes decadent with all of that chocolate, but it includes some nutritious ingredients as well so you don't have to feel completely guilty eating it. 😉 So glad you hopped over to say hi!

  8. This looks amazing! Will be sure to check out your other baked goods - Found you from the link party - thanks for sharing - Best, House of Bedlam

    1. Thanks so much, Elaine! I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you find some other baked goodies to try out as well! 🙂

  9. This looks REALLY good - I don't care for chocolate chips in regular banana bread too much, but this chocolatey banana bread looks great. Thank you for sharing. Gentle Joy

    1. Thanks so much, Joy! You can absolutely leave the chocolate chips out of this banana bread...it's still plenty chocolatey without them. 😉