A fabulous loaf of moist, rich, and flavorful banana bread isn't far away. While you may not have tried chocolate orange banana bread before, you won't want to live without this simple recipe.
Chocolate and bananas, chocolate and oranges, oranges and bananas, all of these make great pairs but put them together and it's a three-way combination of flavors that works great in every slice.
With subtle orange flavors and rich chocolate and moist banana bread all coming together for one sweet and savory bite you won't soon forget.
Of course, as the orange and chocolate banana bread ages the orange flavor becomes more prominent, so eat it warm or wait a few hours, either way, it's going to be a treat worth waiting for.
If desired, you can do as I did and drizzle some semi-sweet chocolate over the top of your orange chocolate banana bread for added richness and sweetness. It's so good it's almost sinful.
- Ripe bananas
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Orange juice
- Orange zest
- Cocoa powder
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make chocolate orange banana bread with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x5 loaf pan. Set it aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mash your bananas.
Stir in the oil and zest.
Mix in the baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Whisk in the vanilla, egg, and sugars until well mixed.
Stir in the orange juice.
Stir in the flour and cocoa powder until no flour streaks remain.
Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan and then bake for about 60 minutes.
Let the bread cool for 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. If desired, drizzle chocolate over the top for added effect.
🍴 Recipe Tips
Making this chocolate orange bread recipe is super easy (and fun). I like to drizzle mine with melted semi sweet chocolate for an added biter tangy richness that works well with the bread.
You could also opt to put up to a cup of chocolate chips into the batter so the flavor is scattered throughout the bread itself.
When the bread first pops out of the oven the orange flavor is very subtle. But wait a few hours or even until the next day and the bread will be much more flavor-packed as the orange starts to show its true potential.
This orange banana bread with chocolate is good frozen for up to 3 months if stored in an airtight container. Just allow the bread to thaw before slicing and eating.
If stored in an airtight container at room temperature this bread can last about 3-5 days but I think it tastes best on day 2.
More great banana recipes to try
- Pistachio Banana Bread
- Fruity Pebbles Banana Bread
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Stovetop Banana Bread
- Banana Pound Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
Chocolate Orange Banana Bread
- 1 ½ cups mashed bananas (about 2-3 ripe) ($0.75)
- ½ cup oil (can use melted butter) ($0.24)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda ($0.01)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder ($0.01)
- ¼ teaspoon salt ($0.02)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla ($0.02)
- 2 large eggs ($0.16)
- ½ cup granulated sugar ($0.11)
- ½ cup brown sugar ($0.19)
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour ($0.14)
- ¼ cup orange juice ($0.25)
- 1 tablespoon orange zest ($0.02)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder ($0.40)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x5 loaf pan. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas.
- Stir in oil and zest.
- Mix in the baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Mix in the vanilla, egg, and sugars until smooth.
- Stir in orange juice.
- Stir in flour and cocoa powder until no flour streaks remain.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.
- Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
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