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Banana-Chocolate Bread

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  • Servings: 10
Banana-Chocolate Bread

Source: Everyday Food, March 2012


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (3 to 4)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down bowl as needed.

  3. Beat in bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture and chocolate on medium. Pour batter into pan. Bake until a skewer inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.

  4. Let bread cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cook's Note

Store tightly wrapped in plastic, up to 3 days, or freeze, up to 3 months.

Chopped or Chips?
For this loaf, we like the variety of sizes we get from chopping. Tiny bits of chocolate flavor the bread beautifully, while larger ones provide big hits of deliciousness.

Kitchen Tip
If your bananas aren't quite ripe enough, put them in a 300-degree oven, unpeeled, for 15 minutes to soften.

Reviews (11)

  • Sanma63 1 Jun, 2014

    What an amazing and delicious bread.... Warmed up a bit in the microwave for a couple of seconds before serve... Yum. Yum.

  • Stuu 20 Aug, 2013

    I plan on making this, but I'm not sure about the percentage of fat the sour cream should contain. Anyone have an idea?

  • SmartyP 16 Aug, 2013

    My 12 year old daughter and I made this together! Loved it!!! Definitely will make it again. Taught her to freeze mashed bananas for future quick "fixes" for our new banana choc bread recipe!

  • MegsInEdmonton 21 Apr, 2013

    Use all 4 bananas for sweetness and moistness. Use 1/2 sugar and 3/4 wheat bran and bake for 60 min for a healthier spin and still moist and sweet!

  • LaraL 9 Apr, 2013

    If you make muffins instead of the loaf you can reduce the cooking time to twenty minutes. Speeds breakfast up for a hungry family!

  • Ebby Soo 11 Jan, 2013

    Good but a bit too sweet even with 1 less banana than called for, somewhat heavy, didn't over mix. I've had better.

  • ashleyann1 7 Jan, 2013

    Fantastic! Simple & easy recipe. Delicious result!!

  • Pellegrino500 7 Nov, 2012

    This is delicious, just made it for breakfast and it's an instant hit with our family. It's an easy recipe to prepare, cooks in 60 minutes, slices easily, even while warm, and has just the right amount of chocolate to banana taste. Feel confident with this recipe, you won't be disappointed!

  • lbbakerva 13 Jun, 2012

    Excellent!! Great with a cup of coffee or dessert. Will bring some as hostess/host gift or get well package. YUM

  • mllechocolatier 11 Jun, 2012

    It's true. This recipe does rock. I've made it too many times to count since this was published. Love it!

  • Olivia1741 29 May, 2012

    This recipe ROCKS! I had a friend that I gave a loaf to (without realizing she didn't eat uncooked bananas) and she thought it was pretty OK. The rest of the family devoured it - mine too! You should try this!

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