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A sliced loaf of vegan chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips on a white plate.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Vegan Recipes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan chocolate banana bread is a divine variation of banana bread! This fudgy, chocolaty loaf cake is an easy 1 bowl recipe that’s sure to delight. Use both cocoa powder and chocolate chips for an indulgent chocolate cake!



Wet Ingredients:

  • 34 peeled bananas* note
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or neutral flavored oil* note
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (sub-white, cane, or coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2-1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Mix the wet ingredients. Add peeled bananas to a medium-sized mixing bowl and mash very well. Add vanilla extract and melted butter and mix to incorporate.
  2. Sprinkle dry ingredients across the top of the wet. Be sure to sift your cocoa powder. Mix together until just combined. Add chocolate chips (if using) and fold into the batter.
  3. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and pour the batter in. Bake in a pre-heated 350* oven for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle removes with only a few dry crumbs and no wet batter.
    1. If using a 9×5 loaf pan, the loaf will take less time to cook. Begin to check at the 45-minute mark.
    2. If using dark metal or glass pan, you may need to dial back the temp 25* as these pans tend to cook up the edges faster than the center.
    3. If using a large amount of bananas, the loaf will take longer to cook! Banana bread can take up to 70 minutes to complete cooking.
  4. Leave the loaf to cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes before removing and slicing for best results. The loaf will firm up a bit as it cools.


There are two very common loaf pan sizes: 8×4 and 9×5. The 9×5 pans create shorter, wider loaves that cook up a bit quicker. An 8×4 pan takes longer as it’s a taller loaf!

On Bananas: If using 4 large bananas, the loaf may take a bit longer to cook. If using smaller or fewer bananas, you may need to add a small splash of milk to help the batter come together appropriately. Splash meaning 1-2 tablespoons! The batter should be thick but not resistant to incorporating all dry spots of flour in.

Oil vs Butter: Melted butter makes banana bread with a better flavor and texture. Using oil creates a very moist banana bread but it may have a gummier consistency.

Keywords: Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread