This gluten free chocolate banana bread is a moist chocolaty quick bread that is so easy to make. Every bite of this dreamy dessert bread is filled with chocolate and banana flavors. Nobody will know it is gluten free!
I hope you are ready to make something incredible today. This recipe is really easy to make, and the chocolate and banana flavors explode in your mouth! I don't know why it has taken me so long to write up my banana bread with cocoa powder recipe.
This recipe has passed the test not only with my gluten free family, but I brought it out to our weekly cul-de-sac get-together. We are the only gluten free ones in the court, but everyone is pretty used to me bringing something for taste testing. Nobody could tell this banana chocolate loaf was gluten free. No one. Kids and grownups alike all gobbled it up!
This recipe is loosely based on my popular Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips recipe. I can't wait to hear what you think!
Made Sandi’s Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread and it was DELICIOUS!! Bought extra bananas this week just so I can make it again."Caroline R.
Why this banana and chocolate loaf is great:
- The sweetness from the ripe bananas adds a delicious layer of flavor.
- This is a double chocolate banana bread, and it tastes like a decadent dessert!
- You can make it as a loaf or in a muffin tin.
- It is freezable, so you can make a double batch and freeze a loaf.
If you love bananas, you will also want to try these moist Gluten Free Banana Bars too!
- Gluten free flour blend - I tested this recipe using King Arthur's Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn't mean other gluten free flour blends will not work. It means I have not tested any other gluten free flour blends. I can not guarantee the recipe will work if you use other mixes. Some blends need more moisture, so reference the photos below of the batter.
- Xanthan gum - If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add one teaspoon.
- Milk - You can use regular or non-dairy milk. I used almond milk, but other dairy-free kinds of milk will work I do not recommend canned coconut milk. If you use almond milk, it is good to see if your almond milk is gluten free.
- Cocoa powder - Several cocoa powders are gluten free. I used Anthony's Cocoa Powder in this recipe. Be sure to read the ingredients to verify it is gluten free.
- Chocolate chips - Use Enjoy Life brand if you need dairy-free.
- Butter - You can use coconut oil or vegan butter if you are dairy-free.
How to ripen bananas:
- Place your bananas on a baking sheet and bake at 225º F for 20 minutes.
- If you are not in a rush, you can place your bananas in a brown paper bag and let them sit on the counter for a couple of days. (Don't forget to close the bag!)
- You can grill the bananas. Use a knife to slit down the peel. Place the bananas on the grill. Close the lid and cook at 300º F for 15 minutes.
How to make gluten free chocolate banana bread:
Step 1: Add your dry ingredients to a bowl. Whisk to blend and add the chocolate chips.
How to measure gluten free flour:
To measure your gluten free flour, I recommend using the spoon method or leveling method. In a perfect world, people weigh their flour, but most do not own a kitchen scale. To make a scale even trickier, every gluten free flour blend has a different weight.
Put the measuring scoop into the flour and fill. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour.
You can also use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the extra flour.
Step 2: Add your bananas to a bowl. Use a pastry blender to quickly mash your ripe bananas. (Trust me, this tool is magic and it is so much easier and quicker to mash bananas!)
Add in the rest of the wet ingredients and mix them together.
Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Step 4: Mix the wet and dry ingredients into a semi-thick batter.
HINT: Be very careful not to overmix your batter. Mix the ingredients until they are just barely mixed. I don't recommend a standing mixer because they tend to overmix, making your banana bread turn out denser.
Step 5: Add your gluten free chocolate banana bread batter to a greased loaf tin. You can also line the tin with parchment paper, and I wish I thought of this because it is so much easier to remove the cake from the pan to speed up cooling!
Step 6: Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top.
Step 7: Bake at 425º F for 8 minutes, then reduce the temperature of the oven to 350º F. The high heat for the first few minutes allows the cake to rise better, making a nice dome top.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, depending on the size of your loaf pan.
How do you know when the chocolate banana bread is ready?
To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the bread. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the banana bread needs to be baked longer.
Be sure to allow the bread to cool completely before slicing.
- Drizzle white chocolate over the top of the loaf instead of baking chocolate chips on top.
- Add nuts like walnuts or pecans.
- Try a swirl with another bread as I did with this Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cake.
Tips and Recipe FAQ:
You can easily make this chocolate banana bread dairy-free by using dairy-free butter and dairy-free chocolate chips.
If your banana bread isn't moist, it could be the gluten free flour blend was too starchy, making your bread dry. This can happen as every blend is different. If you notice your batter is thicker than the photo of the batter above, you may need to add more liquid.
This can happen if you use expired baking soda or if your oven temperature is off. It is good to check both before baking.
You can definitely bake the batter in a muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes and check with the toothpick test mentioned above.
Check out this gluten free chocolate banana bread web story too! If you love sweeter bread recipes, check out my Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread recipe too!
More gluten free banana recipes:
- Easy Gluten Free Banana Snack Cake
- Fluffy Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes
- Banana Flambé Sundaes
- Gluten Free Banana Muffins
Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread
- 1 cup gluten free flour blend * see note
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 bananas mashed
- ¼ cup butter melted
- ¼ cup coconut oil * see note
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg large
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- Add your dry ingredients to a bowl. Whisk to blend and add the chocolate chips.
- Add your bananas to a bowl. Use a pastry blender to quickly mash your ripe bananas. (Trust me, this tool is magic and it is so much easier and quicker to mash bananas!) Add in the rest of the wet ingredients and mix them together.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix the wet and dry ingredients into a semi-thick batter.
- HINT: Be very careful not to overmix your batter. Mix the ingredients until they are just barely mixed. I don't recommend a standing mixer because they tend to overmix, making your banana bread turn out denser.
- Add your gluten free chocolate banana bread batter to a greased loaf tin. You can also line the tin with parchment paper, and I wish I thought of this because it is so much easier to remove the cake from the pan to speed up cooling!
- Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top.
- Bake at 425º F for 8 minutes, then reduce the temperature of the oven to 350º F. The high heat for the first few minutes allows the cake to rise better, making a nice dome top.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes depending on the size of your loaf pan.
- To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the bread. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the banana bread needs to bake longer.
- I tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free flour blend. I am sure other blends will work, but I haven't tested them. Some blends are starchier than others so use my photo of the batter in the post. You may need to add more liquid.
- If your blend doesn't contain xanthan gum or guar gum, add 1 teaspoon.
- To make this awesome gluten free chocolate banana bread dairy-free, use dairy-free butter and a dairy-free chocolate chip like Enjoy Life brand.
- I used almond milk but other dairy-free kinds of milk will work but I do not recommend canned coconut milk.
- This gluten free chocolate banana bread should be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It freezes really well in a freezer-safe zip-style bag.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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I have made this recipe twice. I made muffins instead of a loaf. They are so good. If you like chocolate and banana, you will love this recipe.
I am thrilled you all loved these muffins. I am a big fan of chocolate and banana together :-).
Love this recipe!! Easy to follow.
I can't have chocolate so I used unsweetened carob powder and sweetened carob chips. It came out so delicious!! Moist and flavorful! My whole family enjoyed it! Definitely will make again and strongly recommended!
Thank you so much for this recipe!! 🙂
I am so glad you loved it. My kids are always asking me to make it again :-).
Excellent recipe, easy to make! This bread comes out so moist and delicious! It’s a must make.
Thank you so much, Jaki. I really appreciate your coming back to let everyone know :-).