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chocolate espresso banana bread sliced on a cooling rack

Chocolate Espresso Banana Bread

Krista Stechman
This Chocolate Espresso Banana Bread is packed with chocolate flavor, a hint of banana and chocolate chips in each bite! The perfect comfort snack
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course dessert, snack
Cuisine american
Servings 12 people
Calories 316 kcal


  • electric or stand mixer
  • oven
  • kitchen torch (optional)


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp espresso powder

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup ripe bananas mashed

Add Ins

  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips + a few extra for the top
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips + a few extra for the top
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour for dusting chocolate chips

Additional Topping

  • ¼ banana 2 long thin slices off of a banana
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar


Mixing the dry ingredients

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, grease a loaf pan and gather all ingredients
    all ingredients for bread gathered and ready to go
  • In a medium bowl whisk all the dry ingredients together and set aside

Mixing the wet ingredients

  • In a medium sized bowl with an electric hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the oil and both sugars just until smooth
  • Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition and mix each one just until incorporated
  • Add the vanilla and sour cream then mix until incorporated
  • Mash the bananas and fold in

Mixing the dry into the wet

  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet just until almost fully incorporated. It's ok if there are a few flour streaks throughout
    wet ingredients mixed together with the dry ingredients
  • Set aside a handful of chocolate chips for sprinkling over the top of the batter. Dredge remaining chocolate chips in flour, shake off the excess flour and fold them into the batter. Do not over mix
  • Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips over the top
    batter mix poured into a loaf pan
  • Place the 2 thin slices of banana lengthwise over the top of the batter and press down slightly
    2 slices of bananas over the top of the chocolate chips on top of the chocolate banana bread batter
  • Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or just until a toothpick comes out clean or with only a few crumbs. Remove from oven
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 tsp of granulated sugar over the top of the banana slices and brulee with a kitchen torch until sugar is melted and slightly crisp. The sugar will turn a dark brown almost black color on top of the banana slices
    baked chocolate espresso banana bread topped with 2 slices of bruleed bananas
  • Allow the bread to cool for 20 minutes before transferring out of the pan to cool the rest of the way to room temp. Slice, serve and enjoy!


Calories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 212mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 112IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 2mg
Keyword banana, banana bread, chocolate, dessert, easy, quick bread
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