Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Panqué de Plátano y Doble Chocolate
8 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: banana bread, Chocolate, pati's mexican table
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 6, Episode 11 "Juju’s Chocolate-Covered Life" 


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more to butter pan
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more to butter pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks or chocolate chips

To Prepare

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and set a rack in the middle. Butter and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan, shaking off any excess flour.
  • In a stand mixer, set with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until completely creamy and smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the egg and give it a minute to mix in. Add the bananas, cream cheese and vanilla, continue mixing for a minute.
  • Reduce the speed to low, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and continue beating for another 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the sides if need be.
  • In a small bowl, combine the boiling water with the cocoa powder and stir until well mixed. Add to the mixer and beat for another couple minutes. Lastly, add the chocolate chunks and beat for another minute until fully incorporated.
  • Scrape into the prepared loaf pan, shake a few times to level the batter. Place into the oven and bake anywhere from 55 minutes to an hour, until a toothpick comes out moist but not wet, the top of bread has browned and is springy to the touch.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool. Run a butter knife along sides of the pan, turn out onto plate, and then flip onto serving platter, so it is right side up.

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  1. This is perfect for the banana bread lover AND the chocolate lover 😉 I’m baking it right now, but I did add some twists to it. I doubled the amount of cocoa powder. I also had no brown sugar, so I did all white sugar with one tablespoon of molasses. And then I had no cream cheese, so I just used buttermilk instead and alternated that with the dry ingredients. Hoping it still comes out right, but nevertheless, I can’t wait to try the final result!

  2. This bread was very good but it needed more banana flavor. I may add some banana extract. I really liked adding the cream cheese to the recipe. I’d make again.

  3. Hola Pati❣️
    My hubby & I ADORE you & your show, and ALL of the recipes that I have made of yours have ALL been BEYOND DELICIOUS❣️This recipe is our 2 “boys” (they’re 14 & 18!) fave❣️ I have made this also by substituting Cinnamon for the cocoa & it came out super yummy‼️ ❤️ YOU PATI❣️ Thanks for being YOU❣️❣️

  4. This was my first time making chocolate banana bread and the recipe is amazing! I am eating it for breakfast and for snacks. I love that the texture is light and that the chocolate is not overbearing. I can taste both the chocolate and banana in a balanced mouthful. You are awesome, Pati!

  5. OMG! This is wonderful!!! So moist and has a nice weight /texture to it.
    I have been making the same one for years and wanted a change…was going to do your “leche cinnamon”one but didn’t have all the ingredients in the house. This is a keeper!

  6. This is my absolute favorite banana bread recipe. I have made it 3 times in a week and it is a family favorite already. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. My son Jack watched you make this with Juju and had to make it with me. We’ve made it about five times now and shared the recipe with family. Everyone loves it. It’s fantastic with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. Thanks Pati! (And Juju for inspiring the recipe)

  8. Juju! You’re our hero! (And so is your mom.) So blown away by this recipe, we’ve made it FIVE TIMES in the past two weeks to give to family, neighbors, and coworkers. Word gets around, and everyone loves it!! Keep on creating! 🙂

  9. I made this bread tonight and it is now my favorite banana bread of all time!! I used dark chocolate cocoa and the bread had just the right amount of flavor. Texture was not heavy, but just perfect. Thank you for this recipe, Pati. I love your show, you are a delight to watch

  10. Girl, you and Juju did it this time! My bread turned out very rich, almost cake, maybe I whipped up the butter too long. I used dark chocolate chips, and was wondering about chopped bittersweet instead…too bitter, you think?
    So many thanks to you for sharing your recipes and your family!
    This recipe is a keeper!