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Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread

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Looking for a chocolaty treat? Then try this super moist and light Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread. Loaded with the goodness of banana and rich in chocolate.

Slices of close up texture of double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread on a brown boar, with half loaf behind.

This chocolate banana bread is a super easy one-bowl recipe. No fancy gadgets are needed, just whip in a bowl, mix the wet and dry and you are done. 

It is one of the best recipes when you have those extra bananas lying around and nobody wants to eat them. A good use of over-ripe bananas. The processed sugar in the cake is cut down due to this and the cake is a bit healthier.

Fruits & Vegetables in Cakes & Breads

I love sneaking in vegetables and fruits in my Cakes and Breads. The addition of veggies and fruits makes the cake moist, light, and even healthy.

Banana is a wonderful sugar substitute and it imparts a nice rich flavour to cakes. I have baked many cakes, muffins, and breads with bananas. 

This Whole Wheat Banana Bread | Cake is a very healthy breakfast bread, or this Breakfast Whole Wheat Chocolate Avocado Banana Muffins which uses honey as a sweetener. It is loaded with the goodness of Avocado and Bananas. Indeed a very healthy muffin.

If you are looking for a completely healthy, gluten-free, processed sugar-free, dairy-free, and vegan recipe for a banana cake, then try this Gluten-Free & Vegan Ragi Banana Cake.

Clouse up texture of double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread on a brown board.
Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Why Chocolate?

I baked this Double Chocolate whole Wheat Banana Bread last Christmas for myself and for gifting to a family friend. I am a big fan of chocolate. Anything with chocolate I am in it. And I love the dark chocolate more than any other type of chocolate. So While I baked multiple cakes for Christmas, I made it a point that this time I am going to bake a cake which I would love to just dig in.

This Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread is bursting with chocolate flavors. People who do not like chocolate might not love this. My DH’s feedback was bread was nice and moist, but too much chocolate. I said yes, that is what I wanted :-). Just wanted to enjoy a delicious chocolaty treat for Christmas. Yum….

I have made three types of cakes for Christmas. For my family and for gifting small portions to our friends. One Classic Christmas Cake with Brandy, Another one was My Eggless, Butterless, Chocolate Ragi Brownie and the last one was this Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread. My DH was like Do not take this cake, but I insisted that they would like it. Needless to say, half of the cake was gone before lunch :-).

Baked whole wheat Chocolate Banana Bread on a brown board, with some flowers behind.
Baked whole wheat Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients and Substitutions Used in Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread

 Flour – I am using whole wheat flour. One can use plain flour/All-purpose flour in this recipe.

Cocoa powder – is for the chocolate flavour.

Egg – I have yet not substituted this with a non-vegan egg or chia egg. But I believe chia egg should work as well.

Bananas– Use ripe bananas. They add sweetness and taste as well as give a nice texture to the bread.

Butter and oil – are used as fat. I used to make this with butter and oil initially. Recently I replaced it with all oil and it worked perfectly. 

Dark Brown Sugar – I like to use brown sugar in my cakes. One can replace it with granulated white sugar too.

Dark Chocolate chips are used for that added chocolate or you can call it double chocolate. I use dark ones, one can go for milk or white too. 

Baking Soda, Salt, and Vanilla extract are used as leavening agents and flavor.

Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Few more ideas to sneak in vegetables or fruits in Cakes and Bread:

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake
Made with the goodness of Carrots, this whole wheat carrot cake is moist and a healthy treat for kids and adults alike
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Whole Wheat Carrot Cake is a simple, quick and delicious moist cake. The cake is perfect for tea time or any festive celebrations.
Zucchini chocolate Whole Wheat Bread
Zucchini chocolate Whole Wheat Bread which is quick to make and is moist, light and a perfect chocolaty treat for all age groups.
Check out this recipe
Zucchini chocolate Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bundt Cake
This Pumpkin Cake is so moist and is made with the spices available at home, a perfect recipe for this fall.
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Pumpkin Bundt Cake is a fall favourite moist whole Wheat cake, made using fresh pumpkin puree and lightly spiced with cinnamon and ginger
Fudgy Chocolate Apple Brownies
Fudgy Chocolate Apple brownies are a fudgy, moist and delicious fall treat loaded with apples and some chocolate.  
Check out this recipe
Apple brownies stacked one above the other. Seen along side is a tray of baked apple brownie along with some flowers.
Whole Wheat Kale Brownies
Whole Wheat kale brownies are dangerously delicious, addictive, and fudgy brownies enjoyed along with a cup of coffee or best as a sizzling dessert.
Check out this recipe
Whole Wheat kale brownies are dangerously delicious, addictive, and fudgy brownies enjoyed along with a cup of coffee or best as a sizzling dessert.

and many more….

Slices of close up texture of double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread on a brown boar, with half loaf behind.
Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread
Slices of close up texture of double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread on a brown board.

Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Banana Bread

This Double Chocolate whole Wheat Banana Bread is overloaded with chocolate flavours. It is super moist and light and a delicious chocolaty treat.
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Chocolate, FlatBread, Fruits, Whole Wheat flour
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 1 9×5 Inch Loaf
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 3 large bananas (1 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola or melted coconut oil – Can be replaced with 1/4 cup butter or full 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips divided

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to to 180 Deg C or 350 Deg F.
  • Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with oil or any non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
    1/2 cup Cocoa Powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
    Adding of Chocolate Chips in batter.
  • In another large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork.
    3 large bananas
    Banana Added to Sugar in a bowl.
  • Add the melted butter/oil and stir until combined, either with hand or a hand blender
    1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola or melted coconut oil
  • Add in in the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
    1 large egg, 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    Egg added to Sugar in a bowl.
  • Egg and Sugar Mixture in a bowl.
  • Now add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • Be careful not to over mix.
  • Fold in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips.
    1 cup dark chocolate chips divided
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
    Chocolate banana bread ready to be baked in a loaf tin.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips over the top of the bread.
    Chocolate banana bread ready to be baked in a loaf tin, with chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake for 50-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes clean.
  • When you insert the toothpick you might have some melted chocolate chips, that is okay.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool on a wiring rack along with the pan for 10-15 minutes.
    Baked Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Banana Bread in a loaf tin.
  • After you are able to touch the pan, run a knife along the edges.
  • Gently turn around and let it cool on a wire rack.
  • Cut it into slices and enjoy them warm.
  • This stays fresh on the counter for 4-5 days in moderate temperatures. You can store in refrigerator or freeze individual slices.

Notes

  • If your oven is very hot, reduce the temperature by 5-10 Deg.
  • Oven time varies for baking, do keep an eye after 45-50 minutes.
  • Read above for substitutions
 
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Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.


Updates

This post first appeared on my blog on 20 March 2019. Today, 27 August 2023, I have updated the contents and tweaked the recipe a bit. Added new pictures.

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Sneha Datar

Wednesday 6th of September 2023

This is a chocolate lovers delight!

amy's cooking adventures

Monday 4th of September 2023

Looks delicious - love the use of whole wheat flour!

Mayuri Patel

Monday 28th of August 2023

Wow, love this chocolatey banana bread. Just can't stop looking at the pictures as it loaded with so much chocolate chips.

Camilla M. Mann

Sunday 27th of August 2023

Chocolate and banana are a match made in foodie heaven. This looks decadent and delicious. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Sunday 27th of August 2023

There's never too much chocolate!!