Chocolate Banana Bread

Decadent chocolate banana bread with sour cream for extra richness and mini chocolate chips for a double chocolate treat!

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I can’t be the only one that makes chocolate banana bread only when she’s cleaning out her freezer, am I? I literally can’t think of a time when I looked at the bananas that were overripe in my fruit bowl and thought “Hey, let’s make banana bread right now!”

No. I am the person that throws them into the freezer, then makes banana bread only when I realize that I have no room in my fridge freezer for truly important things (like my trays that make round ice cube balls for my bourbon) and that I H-A-V-E to use up those bananas.

I love this recipe because it uses up two cups of bananas, which can range from 6-8 of those suckers that have been sitting in the bottom of your freezer for months.

If you are like me, then it’s probably only half of your stash of bananas but that’s ok.

You can make  Butterscotch Oatmeal banana bread with some of the other bananas you have left…my Buttermilk Banana Bread. (pictured below).. Blueberry Banana Bread …or even try one the most popular bread on this site, my Basic Banana Bread. Between these two and this chocolate banana bread, I am sure that you can use up the other 8 bananas, does that sound like a plan?

While you can definitely use chocolate chips – and I highly recommend that you use the mini ones- I decided to just make mine without. It’s good. Very, very good. Chocolate and banana go together like popcorn and the movies.

It has a nice, light, cake-like crumb to it as well, and when you add in the chocolate flavour, it definitely hits the spot when you’re craving something sweet.

So the Great Banana Purge has happened again, and it was good.

Happy Baking everyone!

Love you more than chocolate banana bread,


Chocolate Banana Bread

Decadent chocolate banana bread with sour cream for extra richness and mini chocolate chips for a double chocolate treat!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
2 loaves
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans and set aside.
  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, incorporating well after each addition. Stir in the bananas, sour cream, and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cocoa then stir into the banana mixture. Mix on low speed until the wet and dry are combined completely. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 55-65 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 238kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 177mg, Potassium: 126mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 350IU, Vitamin C: 1.8mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1.1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Kelly says

    Do you just let the bananas sit out to thaw before mixing?

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      I use my Pyrex bake ware ALL the time. It’s all I use.

  2. Wendy Collins says

    Made this chocolate banana bread today and it’s yummy, At least that’s what hubby thinks and I have to agree. Thanks for posting it.

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Oh, awesome!!! Thanks for letting me know! It’s Mike’s favorite too!! He doesn’t like banana bread that much. He ate this (without me telling him what it was) and he couldn’t tell hahah!

      • becky vaupel says

        This is the best recipe for banana bread and so is Mom’s banana bread.thank you for sharing your recipes.i know it sounds bad but I can eat a whole loaf in a day.

  3. Mark Wicklund says

    One can never go wrong when chocolate is involved

5 from 3 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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