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Black Cocoa Banana Mini-Breads


banana bread beauty

Black Cocoa Banana Mini-Breads

Rich and chocolatey. Mmmm.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 Servings

kitchen gear

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


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 overripe 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


  • Turn on the oven and set the heat to 350 degrees.
  • Put the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  • 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 turn it on and whip for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the butter, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • 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!
  • Add the nuts, if no one is allergic to them.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pans and, once the oven temperature has reached 350 degrees, put them in the oven.
  • 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). 
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