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!

The front of a sliced loaf of gluten free chocolate banana bread.

I hope you are ready to make something incredible today. This recipe is really easy, and the chocolate and banana flavors explode in your mouth! I don’t know why writing up my banana bread with cocoa powder recipe has taken me so long.

This recipe has passed the test with my gluten-free family, and I brought it out to our weekly cul-de-sac get-together. We are the only gluten-free ones on 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!

What sets this gluten free chocolate banana bread recipe apart:

  1. The sweetness from the ripe bananas adds a delicious layer of flavor.
  2. This is a double chocolate banana bread, and it tastes like a decadent dessert!
  3. You can make it as a loaf or in a muffin tin.
  4. It is freezable, so you can make a double batch and freeze a loaf.

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., blog comment

Allergen Information:

This homemade chocolate banana bread recipe is gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and oat-free. You can easily make it dairy-free with plant-based butter.

If you love bananas, try these moist Gluten Free Banana Bars or this decadent Gluten Free Pineapple Banana Bread!

Photos of the chocolate banana bread ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • 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. This means I have not tested any 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 the Enjoy Life brand if you need dairy-free.
  • Butter – I recommend unsalted butter.

How To Ripen Bananas:

  1. Place your bananas on a baking sheet and bake at 225º F for 20 minutes.
  2. 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 few days. (Don’t forget to close the bag!)
  3. 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.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Photos of the chocolate banana bread wet and dry ingredients.

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. Every gluten-free flour blend has a different weight, making a scale even trickier. 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 mash your ripe bananas. (Trust me, this tool is magic, and it is much easier and quicker to mash bananas!)

Add in the rest of the wet ingredients and mix them together.

Chocolate banana bread mixing wet and dry ingredients.

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.

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

The chocolate banana bread batter in a loaf pan.

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 to do this because removing the cake from the pan is so much easier to speed up cooling!

Step 6: Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top.

Step 7: Bake at 425º F for 8 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature 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 finished baking?

To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the bread. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. The banana bread must be baked longer if you see batter or crumbs.

Slicing the chocolate banana bread on a cutting board.

Be sure to allow the bread to cool completely before slicing. You may also enjoy this Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Bread recipe.

Try these fun flavor variations:

  • 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.
A slice of gluten free chocolate banana bread on a plate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why did the chocolate banana bread not turn out moist?

If your banana bread isn’t moist, it could be that 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.

Why did the chocolate banana bread fall in the center?

This can happen if you use expired baking soda or if your oven temperature is off. It is good to check both before baking. Another reason the center can fall is if you open the oven door while the bread is baking. Try to resist the urge to check on it opening the oven door.

Can you use the batter to make muffins?

You can definitely bake the batter in a muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes and check with the toothpick test mentioned above.

If you love sweeter bread recipes, check out my Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread recipe too!

This recipe is the bomb! seriously the best banana bread ever made, and I have tried tons of different recipes, this one beats them all. I usually don’t comment but man, this one is good, even with small changes made to the recipe it’s still super amazing. (as in, less coconut oil and instead canola oil or no vanilla extract etc if you have run out). 10/10!”

Dani, blog comment

More Gluten Free Banana Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

The front of a sliced loaf of chocolate banana bread.

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread

Sandi Gaertner
A decadent moist gluten free chocolate banana bread recipe.
5 from 28 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Gluten Free Bread Recipe, Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 304 kcal

Equipment

  • Loaf pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk

Ingredients
  

  • 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
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup non-dairy milk

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Video

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. If your blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, add 1 teaspoon.
  3. To make this awesome gluten free chocolate banana bread dairy-free, use dairy-free butter and a dairy-free chocolate chip like Enjoy Life.
  4. I used almond milk, but other dairy-free kinds of milk will work, but I do not recommend canned coconut milk.
  5. If you can’t have coconut oil, any light oil will work well.
  6. 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.

SPECIAL NOTE

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 232mgPotassium: 228mgFiber: 4gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 228IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg
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34 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this at home and it was incredible! Couldn’t wait to make it again. I just made it again in Sedona, AZ (altitude 4500 ft). This time it sank as soon as it came out, and it was a little undercooked. Do you know the changes I need to make to the ingredients and to cooking time at a higher altitude?

    1. Hi Terry, I am not sure about high altitude baking, but I asked the question in my Facebook page and here are some of the comments: My cakes and cookies need to be baked at 375 not 350. What works best where I am is the 25/25 method. Bake at 25 degrees higher than the recipe – this helps the outside cook faster as it rises and the middle won’t sink in later. Also, bake for 20-25minutes less. Depending on what you’re making you can also add a little extra flour or baking soda. But for baked goods like cakes, muffins etc I add a little extra liquid and usually an extra egg and I cut back a little on baking powder or soda (so if it says 1 1/2 tsp baking soda I’ll do 1 tsp). I also bake at a slightly higher temperature so instead of 350F I’ll do 370F for the first part then drop it back down to 350F.

  2. Hi, this recipe looks so delicious and I look forward to trying it! If I want to make muffins, what do you suggest for baking time/temp?

  3. 5 stars
    I just tried this recipe and it is amazing . It is very moist and delicious. I baked the bananas as recommended in the recipe and that was a game changer. It brings out the flavor of the bananas and the sweetness. I totally recommend this.👍

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is the bomb! seriously the best banana bread ever made, and I have tried tons of different recipes, this one beats them all. I usually don’t comment but man, this one is good, even with small changes made to the recipe it’s still super amazing. (as in, less coconut oil and instead canola oil or no vanilla extract etc if you have run out). 10/10!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is great! I brought it to my work potluck and people loved it. I told my kids its gluten free, (which usually scares them off after a nibble) but they didn’t care. They loved it and wanted more. I’m happy to oblige with a great homemade recipe. So much better than them buying/eating store bought anything!

  6. 5 stars
    This was everything you purported it to be, Sandi! As this was my first attempt at any of your recipes, I was blown away at how delicious this chocolate banana bread is; as you suggested, I’d wager no one can tell it’s gluten free . . . but, they won’t get the chance, as it was gobbled up immediately by the gf goblins.
    I do have one question: do you think monkfruit could be effectively substituted for the brown sugar in this recipe?
    Again, thank you so much for doing the hard work of recipe testing, and presenting these recipes to us free of charge!

    1. I am so glad you loved this recipe. I can’t tolerate monk fruit and other sweeteners, but I do know several of my readers do use it in my recipes. I don’t recall if anyone wrote to me about this specific recipe. If you try it, please keep me posted on how it turns out.

  7. 5 stars
    Just made these tonight and it turned out absolutely incredible, recently discovered I am allergic to wheat and will definitely be checking out this site for more amazing recipes!

  8. 5 stars
    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.

  9. 5 stars
    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!! 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, this chocolate banana bread is FANTASTIC!! The texture is perfect, so moist, and the pairing of bananas and chocolate is delicious. It also goes great with vanilla ice cream on top!

  11. 5 stars
    I made a double batch with King Arthur flour and avocado oil. I used less than half a cup total of coconut sugar. I made muffins and little donuts and cooked them for 20 mins. They came out great with just enough sweetness for us! Thank you for sharing this!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this tonight! It was absolutely delicious😋 Great texture, moist, to die for. Thank you for sharing! And it was so easy to make.