Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

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Whether you need a chocolatey dessert or a tasty treat, this dark chocolate banana bread makes a perfect addition to the menu.

When you get a craving for something sweet at breakfast time, this sweet bread definitely hits the spot. It’s moist, dense, and full of flavor.

chocolate chip banana bread sliced with a bread knife to the side.

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate and banana go great together…and this recipe proves it. It’s one of the more healthier, moist, and decadent banana bread recipes out there. Dark chocolate makes it even better.

We love this banana bread because it’s super easy to make and solves those chocolate & comfort food cravings!

There is nothing wrong with taking a traditional recipe and perfecting it with a healthy twist. That is exactly what we did with this whole wheat banana bread recipe.

Switching up the flour and adding a bit of dark chocolate makes this ultra-moist favorite a must try recipe.

This version is made healthier by using whole wheat flour and less sugars, swapping out a portion of sugar with coconut sugar. So you can feel good about enjoying this as a sweet snack.

slices of dark chocolate banana bread on a cutting board.

Ingredients

Create a delicious loaf of dark chocolate banana bread using only a few ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • whole wheat flour
  • cinnamon
  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • ripe bananas
  • vegetable oil – we prefer to use a healthy vegetable oil like olive oil, avocado oil, or melted coconut oil
  • light brown sugar
  • coconut sugar
  • large egg
  • pure vanilla extract
  • small dark chocolate chips/chunks

Equipment used:

  • 9×5 loaf pan 
  • coconut cooking spray 
  • parchment paper 
  • whisk 
  • stand mixer with paddle attachment 
  • large and small mixing bowls
  • measuring spoons in various sizes
  • measuring cups in various sizes
  • wire cooling rack 
ingredients for the dark chocolate banana bread in small bowls.

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, ground cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt and set aside.

In a stand mixer bowl add 4 bananas and mash bananas well using the paddle attachment.

dry ingredients for the banana bread in a large white bowl.
chunks of ripe banana in a large mixing bowl.
other wet ingredients in the large mixing bowl.

Add the oil, light brown sugar, coconut sugar, egg and vanilla, mix together for 1 minute.

Slowly stir in the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, then fold in the dark chocolate chips/chunks. You can stir in the chocolate pieces to the batter by hand if desired.

dry ingredients on top of the combined wet mixture.
chocolate chunks on top of the banana bread batter.
batter in a large white mixing bowl.

Pour the batter to the prepared loaf pan, garnish with any additional chocolate chips/chunks, and bake in the preheated oven.

Remove when a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out mostly clean

Cool on a wire rack in the pan until it feels room temperature, and the bottom of the pan is safe to touch, before removing.

adding the banana bread batter into the loaf pan.
chocolate chunks on top of the banana bread batter in the loaf pan.
cooked banana bread still in the loaf pan.
slices of dark chocolate banana bread on a cutting board with white parchment paper.

How to store leftover banana bread

Store in an airtight container at room temperature on counter top for about 4 days. Storing it in the refrigerator can dry it out.

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FAQ (frequently asked questions)

How long does banana bread keep?  

Once the bread is completely cooled, place it in an airtight container and it should keep for around 4-5 days. You can also freeze the banana bread! Wrap it in some aluminum foil, put it in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer.

How will I know when the bread is done? 

Check on the bread about 5 minutes before the timer is up. The bread should be golden brown on top. Use a toothpick and insert it in the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, your loaf is done! 

Why is my banana bread not moist enough?

The key to a good moist banana bread, is proper flour to banana ratio. Using too much flour will dry out the bread. And since it is a cake texture, you’ll want to store it at room temperature in an airtight container. Not covering it tightly or storing it in the refrigerator will help dry it out quicker.

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slices of banana bread with chocolate chunk pieces on parchment paper.

Moist Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

The sweetness of banana bread with chocolate chips is irresistible. Learn how to make this deliciously moist chocolate chip banana bread here.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Serving Size 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Grease and line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F, and ensure the rack is in the middle of the oven.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, ground cinnamon, baking soda, and sea salt, set aside.
  • In a stand mixer bowl add 4 ripe bananas and mash well using the paddle attachment.
  • Combine the oil, light brown sugar, coconut sugar, large egg, and vanilla with the banana mixture. Mix for 1 minute.
  • Slowly mix in flour mixture, then dark chocolate chips/chunks. You can mix them in by hand if desired.
  • Add the batter to the loaf pan, garnish with any additional chocolate chips/chunks, and bake for 50 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack in the pan until it feels room temperature, and the bottom of the pan is safe to touch, before removing.

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