Chocolate Banana Bread (Made With Avocado)

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Chocolate Banana Bread is deliciously dense, mouthwateringly moist, and chock full of cocoa flavor! Our chocolate chip banana bread recipe has a secret ingredient — creamy, fatty avocado — for a texture so indulgent you won’t be able to stop after just one slice!! So be sure to make two loaves and be ready to share!

titled: Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread


Chocolate Banana Bread

One of the trickiest things about homemade breads is getting that texture and moisture just right — but it’s not tricky at all with the right recipe! 

Using perfectly ripe bananas is a widely known baking hack, but have you ever tried throwing in a ripe avocado? 

It’s creamy as can be, and the fats in the flesh are actually really good for you!

But the flavor of avocado banana bread is all chocolate with that fruity, honey-like aroma from the bananas.

Chocolate and bananas… Is there a yummier combination?

You can mix the two for a super simple, easy homemade ice cream or enjoy classic chocolate covered bananas for a cool, nostalgic treat.

ingredients for chocolate avocado banana bread

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Avocado – ½ of a large fruit (you read that right — it’s a fruit!) or 1 small one. 
  • Bananas – Mash them up to make them easy to mix in! I’ve found the easiest way to do this is just with a fork.

    I also like to freeze ripe bananas for use later. If this is something that you do too, just let them thaw in the fridge first!
  • Granulated Sugar – You don’t want to use powdered sugar (it’ll dry out the batter) or a liquid sweetener (it’ll make the batter too wet).

    Stick to regular white or brown granulated sugar for avocado banana bread.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – Some interesting possible substitutions for cocoa powder include powdered peanut butter and hot cocoa mix.

    I haven’t tried either in this recipe, so do so at your own risk!
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips – Semisweet matches the sweetness of chocolate banana bread overall, but feel free to use milk or dark chocolate chips if those are your favorite.
avocado, eggs, and vanilla in a mixing bowl

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe Tips

  • Need to ripen bananas quickly?

Stick ‘em in a brown paper bag a day or so before you’re going to make chocolate banana bread!

This will trap the natural gasses released by ripening fruit and will actually help it brown faster.

You can do the same thing with avocado, actually — try it out by bagging both together!

  • Use the spoon and level method with the flour.

Ever heard of this technique? You’ve probably used it before — you get a heaping scoop of your dry ingredient and then level it off with a knife. 

It’s the best way to get the exact amount of flour every time and avoid adding so much flour that you end up drying out the batter.

  • Add pops of flavor and texture with fun extras.

In case those chocolate chips aren’t enough, I have a few extra recommendations for add-ins! 

Super sweet white chocolate chips or toffee bits, nutty shredded coconut or chopped walnuts, or even bits of fruit could be really nice. 

But the sky’s the limit for this! Make my chocolate chip banana bread recipe your own… it’s already a mouthful, so you may as well fill it just the way you like! 

mashed bananas mixed with eggs and avocado

Storing and Freezing Avocado Banana Bread

Your loaf of chocolate banana bread can stay right on the countertop for up to 3 days.

Just keep it out of direct sunlight or the chips will melt! It keeps for a little bit longer in the fridge.

If you want to freeze your leftovers, wrap slices completely in plastic wrap and then wrap in foil as well.

Store for up to 3 months and thaw as many slices as needed in the fridge before serving.

dry ingredients for chocolate avocado banana bread

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • 9×5 Pan – Keep in mind that glass and dark pans bake hotter. So, you may want to lower your oven temperature by 25 degrees if using one of these.
  • Wire Rack – Great for cooling all kinds of baked goods.
  • Large Bowl – This one is my go-to!
unbaked chocolate avocado banana bread in a loaf pan

Chocolate Banana Bread FAQ

What happens if you add an extra egg to banana bread?

Adding too many eggs is actually detrimental to your avocado banana bread. Too many will make the flavor less intense, and it’ll also make the texture more spongy than dense. That’s the opposite of what we’re going for here!

Instead, if you want to make avocado banana bread more moist (but I promise, it’s moist enough!), just add an egg yolk and remove one egg white to prevent the batter from getting too wet.

How do you store banana bread so it stays fresh?

First, you want to make sure it’s fully cooled. It’s up to you whether to wrap individual slices or the whole loaf. 

Either way, wrap it at least twice with plastic wrap to make sure it’s totally airtight!

Why is baking soda in banana bread?

It helps the chocolate banana bread rise! It’s found in a lot of quick bread recipes like this one. 

close up of chocolate avocado banana bread

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sliced chocolate avocado banana bread on a cooling rack

sliced chocolate avocado banana bread

Chocolate Banana Bread (Made With Avocado)

Donna Elick
Chocolate Banana Bread is so rich and moist you just have to try it! Get ready to go bananas for my chocolatey avocado banana bread recipe.
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Bread, Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 9 1 loaf


  • 1/2 ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, plus more to top the banana bread with before baking


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9×5” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mash together the avocado, egg, and vanilla. Do not overmix, it’s OK if it has a chunky texture.
  • Stir in the mashed bananas.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Stir the dry flour mixture into the avocado mixture. Gently fold in the semisweet chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the top of the batter with more semisweet chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely on a cooling rack.

Donna’s Notes

This chocolate avocado banana bread will keep fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
How to freeze the banana bread: cool the banana bread completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap and a layer of foil. This will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator completely before serving.
Spoon and level the flour. What is the spoon and level method? You will spoon the flour into a measuring cup and then use a knife to level it off. By not doing this method, you might end up with more flour in your batter than you want.
Special add-ins for extra flavor: shredded coconut, nuts, toffee bits, white chocolate, etc. I would start with 1/4 cup per add-in.
Pro tip: to ripen bananas quickly, add them to a brown paper bag.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 252cal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 261mg | Sugar: 25g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published July 2023

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  1. 5 stars
    I am not a big avocado fan but let me tell you, this recipe is amazing! The bread is so most and flavorful!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this chocolate banana bread is out of this world! Donna and Chad always come through with the best recipes.

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