Chocolate Banana Bread

Rich chocolatey loaf with the subtle flavour of banana. This Chocolate Banana Bread is the perfect way for chocolate lovers to use up their overripe bananas!


Am I the only one that always has overripe bananas?

I am hoping the answer is no! Recently I have had bananas coming out of my ears. My husband is really into running and climbing hills/mountains at the moment and seems to keep buying bananas. I’ve also had them in my fruit and veg boxes for the last few weeks. So I have had more bananas than I have know what to do with! My family and friends have eaten my Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Bread and this Chocolate Banana Bread a few times in the last month! 

Time for some chocolate!

As well as my Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Bread recipe, I also have Banana & Peanut Butter Muffins and Chocolate & Banana Muffins. So to complete the set, I needed a Chocolate Banana Bread recipe! As you can tell it didn’t take me too long to come up with the idea…

What I love about this recipe is just how much chocolate I have managed to cram in. You have the cocoa powder and chocolate chunks in the cake, plus a delicious chocolate drizzle across the top. Is there such a thing as too much chocolate? I don’t think so!  

This is a simple, fuss free recipe so use whatever chocolate you have. If you prefer dark chocolate, use it. If you have chocolate chips, use them. If you only have a bar of chocolate, chop that bad boy up and scatter it into mix. Basically if you have overripe bananas and any form of chocolate, you’re pretty good to go!

Quick and easy baking 

Sometimes you want to spend hours in the kitchen creating a masterpiece. Other times you want to chuck everything in a bowl, mix it and put it in the oven. This Chocolate Banana Bread is definitely the second option! I love banana bread and loaf cakes because of their simplicity. They usually don’t have buttercream or any decorations which makes them the perfect quick and easy bake. 

5 from 5 votes

Chocolate Banana Bread

Rich chocolatey loaf with the subtle flavour of banana. This Chocolate Banana Bread is the perfect way for chocolate lovers to use up their overripe bananas! 

Course Bread
Cuisine British
Keyword Bread, Chocolate, Banana
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 292 kcal
Author Curly


  • 125 g margarine
  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • 50 g dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • 250 g ripe bananas mashed
  • 100 g milk chocolate chunks or chips (save a few to scatter on top)
  • 2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk

For the drizzle

  • 50 g milk chocolate
  • ¼ tsp sunflower oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC (fan assistedd, 180ºC non fan) and line a 2lb loaf tin

  2. Beat the butter and sugar together for at least 5 minutes until pale and fluffy

  3. Add the eggs and mix again

  4. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and mix until it is just combined

  5. Mash the bananas roughly with a fork and add them to the mix along with the chocolate chips and milk. Mix until combined

  6. Tip into the lined tin and smooth out. I make a shallow indent down the middle to help even rising. Scatter over the additional chocolate chips if you’re using them

  7. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 1 hour until a cocktail stick comes out clean

  8. Allow to cool for around 30 minutes before removing from the tin and cooling completely on a wire rack

  9. Once it has cooled completely, add the chocolate to a microwaveable bowl. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in short bursts, stirring in between

  10. Add the oil to the melted chocolate and stir until completely mixed. Drizzle over the banana loaf and leave for 10 minutes for it to set slightly

Recipe Notes

Overripe bananas with black spots are best for this recipe. 

This Chocolate Banana Bread will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 115mg5%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 426IU9%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 thoughts on “Chocolate Banana Bread

  1. Jo Allison

    Nope, you’re definitely not the only one with lots of overripe bananas. My kids are really funny about the bananas which to be acceptable to them must be on the verge of green or at their very worse having just turned yellow. They see single black mark on the skin and they won’t touch it so there are lots of banana bakes happening in our house too. Chocolate and banana combo is definitely one of our favourites and your loaf looks so so good! Thank you for sharing it with #BakingCrumbs 🙂

    1. Curly Post author

      Haha love this. My husband has a different problem, he is colourblind so can’t tell when they are still green so has had a very crisp banana a few times! Thank you 🙂

  2. Monika Dabrowski

    This is a gorgeous loaf, looks light and fluffy! I always have loads of ripe bananas and combining them with chocolate sounds like a great idea. Thank you for bringing your delicious recipe to #CookBlogShare.

  3. Jenny Walters

    I so agree on the whole different baking intentions thing. Mainly I just want to bung it in but sometimes I do want to get lost in the whole process. But this chocolate loaf looks as if it did take ages to create! It looks so incredibly moist and chocolatey. Delicious stuff. Thank you so much for sharing it with #BakingCrumbs

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