Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

triple chocolate banana bread

Let’s be real here: even though this is called banana bread, which means it’s breakfast food, turning it into a triple chocolate treat puts it squarely into dessert territory.

Sure, it has a few healthy ingredients in it (coconut oil! Greek yogurt! BANANAS!) but it is so rich, so moist, so decadent, that instead of being a cousin to banana bread, it’s more like a sibling to chocolate cake.

(More realness: I’ve never been shy of having dessert for breakfast.)

chocolate banana bread

The three kinds of chocolate in this banana bread are: dark chocolate cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli), dark chocolate chunks (I chopped up a Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% bar), and milk chocolate chips (I use Guittard). So three very premium, very delicious, very chocolate-y brands, which when combined with my signature banana bread recipe, make one incredible breakfast. I mean dessert.

I admit that the first time I made this, I used too little flour, forgot to butter my loaf pan, and mixed ini too much sour cream (which I’ve replaced with Greek yogurt in this recipe). The result was a very moist cake, that couldn’t make it out of the pan without crumbling. (Don’t worry, my co-workers and I still ate it.)

This second attempt was perfect. The outside looks glossy and rich, and the inside was tender, with just the right balance of sweetness from the super ripe bananas and milk chocolate, and bitterness from the dark chocolate and dark cocoa powder.

easy chocolate banana bread

I love that there were bits of chocolate and banana in each bite. I typically like banana bread (and other sweet things like brownies) to be chilled, but this triple chocolate banana bread was begging to be eaten warm. The chocolate pieces melt into ooey gooey bites, nestled in the moist bread.

Call this cake, call this bread, call it breakfast, call it dessert. I’m calling it mine.

Yield: 1 loaf

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread


1 teaspoon butter to grease loaf pan
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2.  Butter a 9" x 5" loaf pan, then dust with flour.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugars and eggs. Add coconut oil, mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  4. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until well combined.
  5. Fold in dark chocolate chunks and milk chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for an 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean. (But melted chocolate is expected!)

banana chocolate bread

What’s your favorite breakfast? If I’m craving savory, I like eggs. If sweet, I like rotating between smoothies, yogurt with fruit, oatmeal, banana bread, toast with butter and jam, or leftover cake.


10 Responses to “Triple Chocolate Banana Bread”

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    Molly Galler posted April 11, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Ummm. Can you ship a piece to my desk right now please?

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    Michelle Lahey posted April 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I love the use of Greek yogurt in this! And I’m currently on a breakfast burrito kick right now.

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    Ashley posted April 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I love banana bread but I’ve never made a chocolate version before (madness I tell you!). This looks awesome!!

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    grace posted April 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    i’d eat something this good for breakfast AND dessert. also for a midafternoon snack. looks truly tweaked to perfection!

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    El posted April 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

    It looks absolutely delicious!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted April 15, 2016 at 10:12 am

    the more chocolate the better! love it!

  7. #
    Meghan posted April 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I love the idea of breakfast cake! :)

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    Mahee Ferlini posted April 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I LOVE this recipe – my only problem with banana bread is that it’s never chocolatey enough, but this looks absolutely amazing.

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    Peter posted May 23, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Uh uh there’s something I don’t understand about the recipe and I would like to try it because it sounds yummy. Could you make it clear to me if you used buttermilk or yogurt or both? In the instructions you say something about buttermilk and not mentioning anything about a Greek Yogurt. On the other hand in your ingredients is the other way around.

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      Bianca Garcia posted May 23, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Peter, thanks for letting me know – I used Greek yogurt. No buttermilk. I’ll update the instructions shortly. Hope you make it soon!

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