Chocolate Orange Banana Bread

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.

sliced chocolate orange banana bread on a wooden board with fresh fruit slices in front

Orange & chocolate banana bread 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 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 for added richness and sweetness. It’s so good it’s almost sinful.

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Orange chocolate banana bread ingredients

  • Ripe bananas
  • Oil
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Orange juice
  • Orange zest
  • Cocoa powder

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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Tips for making chocolate orange bread

Making this 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.

FAQ’s about orange banana bread with chocolate

Can I freeze chocolate orange banana bread?

This bread is good frozen for up to 3 months if stored in an airtight container. Just allow the bread to thaw before slicing and eating.

How long is chocolate orange banana bread good for?

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.

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How to make chocolate orange banana bread

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×5 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.

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Chocolate Orange Banana Bread

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Cool Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate banana bread, chocolate banana bread recipe, chocolate orange banana bread, orange banana bread
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Equipment

  • 9×5 large bread loaf pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 2-3 ripe)
  • 1/2 cup oil (can use melted butter)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×5 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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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.6g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 12.8g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8.5g | Cholesterol: 37.2mg | Sodium: 203.1mg | Potassium: 291.6mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 25.5g | Vitamin A: 17.8IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 45.6mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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