Chocolate Bread Recipe

This Chocolate Bread Recipe is so incredibly dreamy -- it's the prefect treat any time of day!Do you ever find yourself wondering if your morning muffin or breakfast bread might be so sweet that it could actually qualify as a dessert?

This happens to me all the time! And I’m totally okay with it!Chocolate Bread RecipeRemember the Lemon Coconut Muffins I made a while ago?  You know, the ones I said should really be called cupcakes?  Those are a perfect example!

So today I’m simply adding to my sweet breakfast repertoire with this utterly divine Chocolate Bread.

And yes, you can also bake it in a cake pan, frost it, and celebrate a birthday with it!  (Though, I tend to feel really good about having it in the morning with my coffee.)

Chocolate BreadI say we all invite a few friends over this weekend to share it, and we’ll simply call it a “snack!”

Great!  It’s a plan!

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Chocolate Bread Recipe
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Makes approximately 1 (11-inch) loaf
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup brewed dark coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate shavings, chips or chunks
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease an approximately 11-inch loaf pan with butter and add a light coating of flour.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the middle and set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, gently whisk buttermilk, yogurt, brewed coffee, vanilla and egg. Pour this in the well in the dry ingredients and mix only until combined. Fold in the melted butter, followed by the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake in the preheated oven until the bread becomes solid (it should no longer jiggle if you move the pan around), and is slightly cracked on top, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Let the bread rest in the pan for at least 20 minutes or so. Then use a large plate or baking sheet to invert the bread to remove it from the pan. Wait about an hour before attempting to slice the bread. It should be cooled almost completely.
Of course you can make these if muffin pans, too! (The cooking time will be less, maybe 30 minutes or so.)

3 hours ahead: Make the batter and bake the bread.
This bread will keep wrapped tightly in the refrigerator for about 4 days, and in the freezer for a couple of weeks.


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  1. says

    I love the bread. When it is called bread instead of muffin, it sounds healthier anyway 🙂 Will have to try this soon definitely. My coworkers have been asking for a good breakfast item for sometime now. This would take the Monday blues away 🙂

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  2. says

    That looks insanely good! I’d totally have it for breakfast, too. Or anytime, really. I’m also in love with the pan it’s baked in.

  3. Helen says

    I just made this tonight. It looks like the melted butter is listed in the ingredients, but not in the recipe steps. I added it together with the liquids, and that seemed to work fine. I wonder if a more specific statement on the size of the loaf pan is required. I thought that my 8.5 inch loaf pan would be “approximately” similar in size, but it was WAY WAY too small for the amount of dough. Because the pan overflowed, the crust did not turn out very well. However, underneath the crust, the bread was very good. I think next time I will cook it in a different pan. Tasted particularly good with coffee ice cream. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    • valentina says

      Helen, thank you! I appreciate comments immensely — I love getting feedback and knowing that my readers are cooking! I especially appreciated when folks let me know if I’ve accidentally left out a step, i.e., the melted butter! So, thank you for that as well! I’ve just made the edit in the recipe. I’m sorry your batter was too much for your pan — I made an edit to reflect that a larger pan might be needed. This is something that can vary depending on ovens, ingredients, etc.
      Thanks again for sharing your results with me and happy cooking!

  4. says

    Muffins, breads and coffee cakes are all essentially dessert – and they’re fabulous! I don’t actually delude myself that they are healthy breakfast alternatives, but when we do have them, I enjoy them! This bread looks awesome!

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