Cake Mix Chocolate Banana Bread

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Cake Mix Chocolate Banana Bread is an easy banana quick bread made with chocolate chips and cake mix in under an hour.

Breakfast breads are also some of our favorites around here, such as Banana Bread, Chocolate Banana Bread (this is my homemade version!) and Zucchini Bread.

Stack of Cake Mix Chocolate Banana Bread


Cake Mix Banana Bread is the most delicious dessert that you’ve never had. It’s not just delicious, it also helps you use up those more than ripe bananas that are still sitting on your counter. This chocolate banana bread recipe is a delicious dessert but you can also grab a slice for a quick breakfast when you’re running out the door to work.

The chocolate chips add a great texture to the cake mix banana bread and can be easily customized to taste. Sometimes I even like to add banana chips to the top of the batter just for a crunch. For a softer texture you can add freeze dried bananas to the top of your batter too.

Cake mix and banana bread may not be the first things that you think about going together, but they are a combo that you have to try, especially if you have overripe bananas hanging around that you need gone. If you really like this recipe and still have cake mix you want to use up, you should check out my Cake Mix 4 Ingredient Cookies and Cake Mix Chocolate Cookies.

If reading this delicious Cake Mix Chocolate Banana Bread recipe made you get a craving for cake, check out this Boxed Cake Mix Hack. This hack makes any cake mix taste like it came from a high-end bakery.

slice of Chocolate Cake Mix Banana Bread


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray an 8×4 loaf pan with baking spray.
  • Add together all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pour into loaf pan.
  • Top with additional chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes.
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  • Muffins: Make your banana bread even more shareable by turning it into yummy muffins. Use the banana bread recipe above as usual but then pour batter into a muffin pan. As you bake them, keep an eye on them. Typical baking times on muffins is 18-20 minutes but always check doneness before removing as your muffin tin size may vary.
  • Add-ins: If you want an even more chocolatey bread stir in some addition types of chocolate chips (dark or milk chocolate chips), or switch it up with butterscotch chips. Drizzle some chocolate fudge sauce on top for a decadent touch.
  • Toppings: Sprinkle a little brown sugar or cinnamon-sugar over the top while it’s still warm. You can use peanut butter on individual slices like a spread. You can also use frosting or a glaze to spruce up the bread and make it look fancy. Try my Peanut Butter or Cream Cheese Frosting or try the glaze recipe from my Iced Banana Nut Bread. One last topping that is absolutely delicious is chopped nuts. Try pecans, cashews or walnuts for a rich, delicious flavor.
  • Vegan: To make this bread vegan friendly, switch out the semi-sweet chocolate chips for dark chocolate, which has no milk in it. Also, use a vegan substitute for the eggs, and make sure that you find one that is made for baking. With those few adjustments, this Cake Mix Chocolate Banana Bread recipe is vegan friendly.
  • Gluten-free: This recipe itself is gluten-free as there’s no all-purpose flour in it. But if you have a gluten intolerance you need to be careful when selecting the cake mix. Check the box to make sure that there’s no all-purpose flour or other wheat in it. Also, my recipe doesn’t have any baking soda in it, which is an overlooked source of gluten depending on the brand. The rest of my recipe is gluten-free and the ingredients are easy to find.


  • Homemade Ice Cream: Turn chocolate banana bread into a chocolate banana cake by serving it up with a big scoop of ice cream. Making ice cream is not hard, especially with this easy recipe, and you’ll be impressed by the results. If you don’t own an ice cream maker don’t worry, you won’t need one.
  • Whipped Cream: Top with whipped cream and strawberries!


Once it’s finished baking you should test the loaf to see if it’s cooked all the way through. Grab a toothpick and poke it into the middle of the bread and then pull it out. If it’s clean when it comes out, then the loaf is solid and ready to eat once it cools. If the toothpick comes out covered in batter, then the bread is still molten inside and you should put the bread back into the oven.


  • Serve: Banana bread will be fine at room temperature for 2 days. After that, the bread gets really stale.
  • Store: Leftovers are fine in the fridge for a week. You can bake your bread ahead of time if you want a quick breakfast before work. If you do, cover it in plastic wrap or put it in a sealable bag to keep it fresh longer.
  • Freeze: Banana bread is good in the freezer for up to 3 months. For the best tasting banana bread, eat it before 3 months. Always let the bread cool to room temperature before you wrap it up and stick it in the fridge or freezer.

Pan of Chocolate Cake Mix Banana Bread

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Cake Mix Chocolate Banana Bread

5 from 6 votes
  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Course: Bread
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Cake Mix Chocolate Banana Bread is an easy banana quick bread made with chocolate chips and cake mix in under an hour.


  • 1/2 box Chocolate cake mix , 15.25 ounce box
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 bananas , very ripe and mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat to 350 degrees and spray an 8x4 loaf pan with baking spray.
  2. Add together all the ingredients in a large bowl.

  3. Pour into loaf pan.

  4. Topping with additional chocolate chips.

  5. Bake for 50-55 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 Servings, Amount per serving: 244 calories, Calories: 244g, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 173mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 83g, Vitamin C: 2g, Calcium: 56g, Iron: 1g

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Cake Mix Chocolate Banana Bread

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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