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Stacks of chocolate banana cake stacked on each other and separates by pieces of parchment paper.

Chocolate Banana Cake

This chocolate banana cake has double the chocolate and can be made dairy free! It's perfect for when you have ripe bananas sitting on your counter!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana desserts, chocolate banana cake, how to use ripe bananas, ripe banana recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 1/2 cup Earth balance margarine, or butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 overripe bananas mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 1 tsp flour separated
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray a 5x11 loaf pan with oil- preferably Baker's Joy
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the butter or butter substitute and sugars and whisk until a smooth paste forms. Alternatively you can use the paddle attachment in your stand mixer.
  • Add the chopped bananas and mix well to combine. It's ok if its lumpy!
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring to combine in between.
  • Add in the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda and mix.
  • Add in the vanilla, stir well to combine.
  • In a small bowl, add 1 tsp flour and the chocolate chips. Toss together to coat to ensure the chips won't sink to the bottom of the cake.
  • Pour the chocolate chip/flour mixture into the batter and stir to combine.
  • Pour batter into loaf pan and bake 40-45 mins or until the middle no longer jiggles. If you insert a skewer and it comes out dry, it is done!


  • If the bananas aren't as overripe as you would like, just mash really well and add to mixture.
  • Try adding in nuts as a topping
  • Try adding in white chocolate chips instead of the dark


Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Banana Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 223mg10%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.