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Double Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake Recipe

Double Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake

Life without chocolate doesn't bear thinking about - so a chocolate banana loaf is an essential recipe for our banana loaf recipe collection. And why have just one source of chocolate when you can have two? Dark, rich cocoa gives a deep chocolate base while chocolate chips give a sweeter more intense chocolate burst for the tastebuds. All this wrapped up in a moist loaf cake with a delicious banana undertone and a robust wholesome edge provided by the wholemeal flour.

The kids particularly love this one - why not enlist some help like we did and they'll enjoy it even more. For top tips on baking with kids see our great article Baking a Banana Loaf Recipe with Kids. We even have a free kid-friendly printable of our Signature Banana Loaf Recipe available to download by clicking on our Printable Banana Loaf Recipe for Kids.

Double Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake

The ultimate chocolate banana loaf with cocoa and chocolate chips to make it super-chocolatey. We bet it won't last long in your cake tin!

Gives: 8-10 slices


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7oz/200g wholemeal plain flour
1oz/25g cocoa
4tsp baking powder
4oz/110g caster sugar
4oz/110g butter
1lb/450g bananas, mashed with a fork (approx 3-4; weight is with skin)
2 eggs, beaten
3-4oz/75-100g chocolate chips (we prefer dark)

Equipment: a 2lb loaf tin (approx 23cm x 13cm x 7cm)


1. Set your oven to 160 degrees C, Fan 150 degrees C, gas mark 4 or 350 degrees F.

2. Line the tin using a pre-shaped loaf tin liner or cut baking parchment to size.

3. Put the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a spacious bowl.

4. Put the butter or margarine in the bowl with the above ingredients, then use the rubbing-in method to mix the fat into the flour. See our rubbing-in method page for a step-by-step guide but if you've ever made crumble, you'll know what to do. In a nutshell, chop up the butter with a table knife and then once it's small enough to handle, rub the lumps of butter between your thumbs and fingertips with the dry ingredients. After about 5 minutes you should have a breadcrumb-like consistency.

Rubbed in Dry Ingredients of a Double Choc Banana Loaf Cake

5. Add the sugar and mix well.

Double Choc Banana Loaf Cake Mixing

6. Add the beaten egg, then the mashed banana, then the chocolate chips. Stir until well combined.

Double Choc Banana Loaf Cake Mixture

7. Spoon the mixture into your prepared loaf tin.

Double Choc Banana Loaf Cake Ready to Bake

8. The cake will take about 1 hour to bake, but it will depend on your oven. Once cooked, a skewer or cocktail stick inserted into the middle should come out without any batter on it.

9. Use a wire baking rack to cool your cake once it is out of the oven - don't leave it in the tin.

10. Enjoy with your little helpers!!

Double Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake

11. For information about storing and freezing your banana loaf cake please see our article Storing a Banana Loaf Cake.