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Decadent Dark Chocolate Banana BRead


If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of frozen, ripe bananas in your freezer! Whenever I need to use some up, this is my favourite banana bread to make — it tastes like a decadent chocolate cake, but it’s full of healthier, more nourishing ingredients than your average banana bread (psst… it has an avocado in it!). I’ve made probably 10 different variations of this recipe over the years, and I always incorporate whatever ingredients I have in my pantry. I bet you have them in yours too!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Author Justine



  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or substitute with any cooking oil but coconut)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon


  • 2 cups organic coconut sugar (or substitute brown or white sugar)
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour (or substitute regular / gluten free flour, and see below for baking time notes)
  • 2/3 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp almond extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 °.
  2. Add all wet ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mash avocado with a fork or a potato masher. Then, mix thoroughly, until avocado is well-integrated. You can use a hand mixer if you like, but it’s not necessary.
  3. Add all dry ingredients into another large mixing bowl. Stir until well-integrated.
  4. Add to the dry mixture to the wet mixture in 3 batches, mixing until batter is smooth.
  5. Pour into 2 loaf pans, dividing equally. If using using whole wheat flour, cook 1.5 hours. Check the loaves at 1.25 hours to see how they’re doing. If using white flour, cooking time will be closer to the 1 hour mark. Check the loaves at the 45 minutes to see how they’re looking.

  6. The loaves are done when they rise and split down the centre, and a toothpick comes out of the centre clean.
  7. Remove loaves from their pans and allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving. Either enjoy immediately, or cool completely and freeze. These loaves freeze very well!