This Chocolate Banana Bread recipe is rich, delicious, and absolutely perfect with the homemade coffee glaze. If you ask me, not that I’m biased or anything, but this is by far the best chocolate banana bread I’ve ever had.
This homemade banana bread recipe has a chocolatey twist that makes it entirely irresistible! This Chocolate Banana Bread recipe is the perfect breakfast or brunch addition.
I probably talk about the weather far too much (and you probably don’t care at all), but the whiplash this weather is giving me is making me c-r-a-z-y.
The past few weeks we’ve had days of sun and blue skies (pretty much straight out of a California commercial) only to have record-breaking rain and crazy wind the next.
Some days, I swear the weather is pretty much bipolar. One hour it’s sunny, the next it’s pouring rain; in some cases, it’s pouring rain while the sun is somewhat out.
I can’t keep up. And neither can my non-existent winter wardrobe.
When the rain comes, the weather is COLD (like, so cold I don’t even own a jacket thick enough because I can’t even remember the last time I needed something warmer than a sweatshirt).
Plus, I own very few pairs of closed toed shoes (because sandals rule all) and the majority of them are Toms and aren’t really rainy weather appropriate.
Basically, I was made for sunny days (and have been dreaming of indulging in spring-like recipes like these Strawberry Crumb Cake Muffins and these Strawberry Lemon Coffee Cake—drooling emoji, get at me.)
Since spring is nowhere near as far as I can tell, I’ll just be huddling under 10 blankets and eating my weight in coffee, comfort food, and this Chocolate Banana Bread recipe.
Homemade banana bread is my idea of comfort food. I’m kind of obsessed with the base of this banana bread recipe (it’s the one my mom made when I was a kid so to me, it’s hands down the BEST banana bread recipe ever), and not only does it taste like hopes and dreams, it reminds me of childhood.
You don’t even want to know how quickly my sibs and I could take down a loaf of this stuff (or the backdoor deals we’d broker with each other over who got the last slice).
Let’s not even talk about how fast I can single-handedly take down a banana bread loaf in the present (ugh, and then you add chocolate to it??? Done for).
It’s embarrassing and impressive all at once.
This Chocolate Banana Bread is a twist on the classic banana bread recipe, but it is just as tasty and totally indulgent.
If you wanted even more chocolate flavor, you should add in chocolate chips! I love a good Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, and if I had been thinking a little clearer, chocolate chips definitely would have made an appearance in this Chocolate Banana Bread (because too much chocolate is never a bad thing…it’s a true fact).
The coffee glaze brings out the chocolate flavor in the banana bread, but it is optional if you just want plain chocolate banana bread (let me tell you, it’s amazing either way—I just can’t leave well enough alone and have to glaze EVERYTHING).
Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe Tips & Tricks:
- You can mash the bananas either by hand or with a food processor. I like to mash the bananas by hand because I like the texture better, but if you like a smooth banana bread consistency, I would suggest pureeing the bananas.
- So, for the most part, this entire recipe is made in one bowl. Because I like to mash the bananas by hand, I technically use two bowls, but for the most part, the rest of the recipe is all made in just one bowl (less dishes = the best thing ever).
- When it comes to baking banana bread, often times the outside of the bread can brown quicker than the inside. Tenting a piece of foil over the top of the bread during the last 10 or 15 minutes of baking can help keep the bread from browning too much while the inside finishes baking.
- Lastly, when it comes to the coffee glaze, you want to pour it on after the chocolate banana bread has cooled, otherwise the glaze will thin out too much and it won’t stick.
Chocolate on chocolate. 😍
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 medium bananas (or 3 large bananas)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp strong coffee, brewed
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp espresso powder (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease two 8x4 pans.
In a small bowl, mash bananas (or, puree the bananas in a food processor). Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.
Add in flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda, then mix until combined.
Add in mashed bananas, mixing until incorporated.
Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared loaf pans.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs stuck to it. (If the outside of the bread is cooking faster than the inside of the bread, tent a piece of foil over the bread while it finishes cooking).
Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Move to a wire cooling rack.
Mix together powdered sugar, vanilla extract, espresso powder (if using), and 1 1/2 Tbsp brewed coffee. If the glaze is thicker than your desired preference, add in the last 1/2 Tbsp of brewed coffee.
Pour the glaze evenly over both loaves. Allow the glaze to harden completely before cutting into slices.
Store leftovers in an airtight container (they can stay at room temperature for a couple of days, or they can be stored in the fridge for about a week).
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Originally posted in 2018; updated in 2019.