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Banana Bread

When your bananas are starting to turn brown this is a great recipe to use them in. You can also freeze over ripe bananas. When you are ready to use them for baking, thaw and mash. This banana bread has a hint of cocoa in it. This loaf freezes well.

  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Mix together mashed bananas, sugar, oil, sour cream, and eggs. Beat well.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients.
  3. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and beat until well blended.
  4. Pour into a 9"x 5" loaf pan.
  5. Bake in 325ยบ oven for 1 hour or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto cooling rack.


  1. I have two bananas getting darker by the minute. This recipe looks so unique that I really want to try it. Thanks!

  2. I've been dying to do some baking!! My oven has been broken for months ... I'll be getting a new one in 2 weeks!
    I'm certainly going to try this!

  3. I would have never thought about putting cocoa in banana bread, but it sounds really good.

    I am definitely going to try this.

  4. Cocoa?? Holy Moley! That makes this perfect!

  5. cinnamon and raisens are also good in the banana bread

  6. Bananas and Cocoa?? Sounds like my favorite milkshake flavor! I can't wait to try this recipe. :)

  7. I made this last night. As I am wont to do, I added a handful of chocolate chips. Very good!

  8. Made it yesterday and the recipe is now in my printed file. I buy over ripe bananas half price, mash and freeze in one cup containers. I can bake banana items at any time time after a quick defrost.

  9. I made two loaves of this bread yesterday and I think this recipe is a keeper. Banana bread usually turns out either too gooey or too dry and this turned out just right! I made one with the cocoa and one without and I think I like the one with cocoa better.

  10. I made this banana bread few days ago, but didn't last two days, it was so delicious, my husband and I devoured it in an instant.
    Thank you very much for sharing!
    I posted it here:

    Will bake it soon again!

  11. I made this banana bread last Saturday, and guess what, it's being made again today!! Chocolate and banana ... so good!! This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you for posting such simply delicious recipes!
    - Shirley

  12. It's in the oven right now. I am so glad I found your blog. Really neat recipes. Chocolate (cocoa) and bananas! That and the recipe sounds like it will be a moist one. Which is nice. My husband asked me to find a new banana bread recipe as mine was too dry. Can't wait to taste this one!

  13. I stumbled upon this while browsing your awesome blog for banana bread recipes.

    In fact, it was hard to decide between the 3 recipes on the blog - but I finally chose this one because of the cocoa (banana + chocolate never fails to make my day).

    I'm so gonna try this - can't wait :)

    Thanks for all the work you put into this blog!

    Best wishes from Germany! :)

  14. This is the best banana bread recipe I've ever made and I've tried a few in my time. I'm not really a fan of banana bread so for me to enjoy the fruit of my labour is saying something. I'm making it for the 2nd time today with some ripe ones that I'd tucked in the fridge for a 'free' afternoon. Thanks again for being my 'go to' recipe website.


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