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Chocolate Banana Bread

Gluten Free - Vegan

"Chocolate Banana bread is the perfect dessert for when you are short on time but need a yummy dessert. The addition of bananas to this recipe makes a box mix chocolate cake into a deliciously moist and decadent treat!"

Chocolate Banana Bread Servings – 24 Prep Time – 10 Minutes Cook Time – 50 Minutes Ingredients:

  • 1 Duncan Hines Devils Food Chocolate box cake mix

  • 1/3 cup oil or as called for on your box mix

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup apple sauce, optional

  • 3 bananas mashed

  • 1 cup chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, for topping

  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped, optional


Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together mashed bananas, apple sauce, cinnamon, vanilla, oil and eggs until smooth.

Add cake mix, chocolate chips, nuts and mix until just combined. Don't over-mix!

Pour batter into two greased/floured loaf pans 8"x4".

Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top. 

Bake for 45- 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean. This will depend on your individual oven.


Muffins: Make your banana bread even more shareable by turning it into yummy muffins. Use the banana bread recipe above as usual but then pour batter into a muffin pan. As you bake them, keep an eye on them. Typical baking times on muffins is 18-20 minutes but always check doneness before removing as your muffin tin size may vary.

Add-ins: If you want an even more chocolatey bread stir in some addition types of chocolate chips (dark or milk chocolate chips), or switch it up with butterscotch chips. Drizzle some chocolate fudge sauce on top for a decadent touch.

Toppings: Sprinkle a little brown sugar or cinnamon-sugar over the top while it’s still warm. You can use peanut butter on individual slices like a spread. You can also use frosting or a glaze to spruce up the bread and make it look fancy. Try my Peanut Butter or Cream Cheese Frosting. One last topping that is absolutely delicious is chopped nuts. Try pecans, cashews or walnuts for a rich, delicious flavor.

Vegan: To make this bread vegan friendly, switch out the semi-sweet chocolate chips for dark chocolate, which has no milk in it. Also, use a vegan substitute for the eggs, and make sure that you find one that is made for baking. With those few adjustments, this Chocolate Banana Bread recipe is vegan friendly.

Gluten-free: This recipe itself is gluten-free as there’s no all-purpose flour in it. But if you have a gluten intolerance you need to be careful when selecting the cake mix. Check the box to make sure that there’s no all-purpose flour or other wheat in it. Also, my recipe doesn’t have any baking soda in it, which is an overlooked source of gluten depending on the brand. The rest of my recipe is gluten-free and the ingredients are easy to find.

Store: Leftovers are fine in the fridge for a week. You can bake your bread ahead of time if you want a quick breakfast before work. If you do, cover it in plastic wrap or put it in a sealable bag to keep it fresh longer.

Freeze: Banana bread is good in the freezer for up to 3 months. For the best tasting banana bread, eat it before 3 months. Always let the bread cool to room temperature before you wrap it up and stick it in the fridge or freezer.


Calories 205 / Carbohydrates 24g / Protein 3g / Fat 11g / Saturated Fat 2g / Cholesterol 22mg / Sodium 164mg / Potassium 135mg Fiber 1g / Sugar 15g / Vitamin C 1.4mg / Calcium 47mg / Iron 1.2mg

"This is absolutely the most delicious, moist chocolate banana bread I’ve ever made! I was looking for an easy way to use up some bananas that were getting really ripe, and I am so glad I found this recipe. I put cream cheese frosting on it. Amazing!"

CWT is not a certified dietician or nutritionist. Any nutritional information shared on this site is an estimate counted through measurements and package nutritional information used in each recipe. If calorie, macro counting and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend running the ingredients through your choice of nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary depending on national brands used per recipe.

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