Black Cocoa Banana Mini-Breads

Rich and chocolatey. Mmmm.

Hands-on time:
20 minutes
Total time:
45 minutes

Kitchen Gear

Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Mixing bowl
Large spoon or rubber spatula
4 mini loaf pans or 1 standard loaf pan
Oven mitts
Mixer (if you have one)


1 cup whole wheat flour
3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
4 over-ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1⁄4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans (if you are not allergic to nuts)


  1. With the help of your adult, turn on the oven and set it to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Put the bananas and sugar in a bowl and mash mash mash until the mixture is completely combined and there are no big chunks of banana. If you have a mixer, add them to the mixer and with the help of your adult, turn it on and whip for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the butter, eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Add the flour mixture, a little at a time and mix by hand, with a spatula or large spoon until well combined. If you dump the flour in too quickly, it will poof up out of the mixer!
  6. Add the nuts, if no one is allergic to them.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared pans and with the help of your adult, put them in the oven.
  8. Bake until firm in the center and a toothpick inserted comes out with a bit of crumb on it, 35-40 minutes. (Time is one hour if you use a standard loaf pan).