Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe is the best banana bread we’ve ever had! Soft, sweet and packed with delicious chocolate throughout. This easy banana bread is perfect for pot lucks, parties, weekend baking!

chocolate chip banana bread

The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My family all agreed that this was the best banana bread recipe we’ve ever had. I know that’s quite the statement, but wow…we couldn’t get enough of it! So excited for you to try my simple yet unforgettable recipe. Enjoy all year round, but it can be extra special for the Holidays. Makes the perfect Valentine’s Day Dessert, great for gifting to neighbors, fun for weekend baking with the kids too! You name it….it’s probably the perfect time to bake my Chocolate Banana Bread recipe!

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread Ingredients:

  • salted butter, softened
  • dark brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • RIPE bananas, 3 large
  • 2 large eggs
  • pure vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • unsweetened cocoa powder, Hershey’s Dark if possible
  • baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups or chopped Reeces Peanut Butter Cups
  • additional milk chocolate to melt for drizzle on top

chocolate chip banana bread

How To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a regular size loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar into a large mixing bowl, mixing until creamed nicely. Add eggs and vanilla mixing until well combined. Stir in bananas mixing well. Slowly add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt mixing until batter is combined. Add chocolate chunks and peanut butter cups, stirring to combine. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan spreading evenly. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until baked through and toothpick comes out mostly clean from center. Remove and let cool for an hour before transferring bread from pan. When cooled, flip and transfer to serving plate. Drizzle with melted chocolate and serve.

chocolate chip banana bread

What Makes This The BEST Chocolate Banana Bread?

I’ve been making banana bread for even longer than I started Picky Palate back in 2007, so I’ve made some good observations about what it takes for the perfect banana bread. There are a few things that will set your banana bread apart for the others.

  • To start, you need a good recipe. Check one, I’ve tested and experimented with my fair share of banana bread variations. This chocolate chip banana bread is fantastic.
  • Bananas are a big part of this recipe, so you need to make sure your banana are nice and ripe.
  • I used dark brown sugar for my chocolate banana bread today and it was a total game changer. Don’t substitute the dark brown sugar for this recipe.
  • You’ll find cocoa powder at your grocery store, if at all possible find the Hershey’s Dark. I find it is just better.
  • Not all chocolate is created equal 🙂 My recipe uses chocolate chunks that I chop myself. Get a good piece of chocolate to chop yourself. Trader Joe’s has a fantastic block of chocolate that is perfect for my recipe plus I use it in so many of my cookie recipes. Go check it out!
  • My recipe also uses just a handful of mini peanut butter cups which gives the bread such a great flavor combination without being too peanut buttery. I also get the cute mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s.

What If I Don’t Have Ripe Bananas? Can I Still Make Banana Bread?

Yes you can! Simply bake unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet in a 250°F oven until soft, 15-20 minutes. Let cool, peel, and they’re ready to use in your banana bread recipe!

chocolate chip banana bread

Just like traditional banana bread, you want to mix your wet ingredients first then add the dry ingredients.

chocolate chip banana bread

What If I Don’t Have Chocolate Chunks?

While I don’t recommend substituting the chocolate chunks in my chocolate banana bread, if needed use good chocolate chips as a substitute such as Ghirardelli in its place.

chocolate chip banana bread

Where Can I Find Mini Peanut Butter Cups?

I get my mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s, however some grocery stores will have them in bins where you scoop your own in a bag. If you still can’t find them, you can always chop up Reese’s peanut butter cups. Works just fine as well.

chocolate chip banana bread

I use a regular size loaf pan generally sized 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches for all of my banana bread recipes. Nothing fancy.

How Full Do I Fill The Loaf Pan?

I fill my loaf pan 3/4 full with banana bread batter.

How Long Do You Bake Banana Bread?

While each recipe will be slightly different, my chocolate banana bread bakes for about an hour. Check your banana bread with a toothpick through the middle to make sure toothpick comes mostly clean.

chocolate chip banana bread

After chocolate chop banana bread has cooled, drizzle melted chocolate on top. I used more of the chocolate chunks that were used inside the batter to melt in the microwave. I placed the melted chocolate inside the corner of a ziplock bag, snipped the edge of the baggie and used it as a little piping bag to drizzle over the top of the bread. You can also use a spoon.

chocolate chip banana bread

What to Serve With Banana Bread

In all honesty, this sweet chocolate banana bread can stand alone, but I also like to serve it a dollop of whipped cream and or a nice fruit bowl. You can also bake your bread the night before so you can slice the day of serving.

Tips for Storing Chocolate Banana Bread

Store any leftovers in an airtight container either room temperature or chilled in refrigerator.

chocolate banana bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

This Double Chocolate Banana Bread is the best banana bread I've ever had! You won't be disappointed in this one!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $10
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • Bowl
  • loaf pan

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter salted, softened
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder I like to use Hershey's dark
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup mini peanut butter cups I get mine from Trader Joe's
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks melted to drizzle on top

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a regular size loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Place butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar into a large mixing bowl, mixing until creamed nicely. Add eggs and vanilla mixing until well combined. Stir in bananas mixing well. Slowly add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt mixing until batter is combined. Add chocolate chunks and peanut butter cups, stirring to combine. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan spreading evenly. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until baked through and toothpick comes out mostly clean from center. Remove and let cool for an hour before transferring bread from pan. When cooled, flip and transfer to serving plate. Drizzle with melted chocolate and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg
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