Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread

The third bread I made for the Bake Sale was Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread. If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll love this moist, delicious chocolate quick bread. It’s an updated version of the Triple Chocolate Cherry Quick Bread I made in February. I eliminated the cherries because I thought it would sell better, because some people don’t like dried fruit in their breads. My oldest son was disappointed it didn’t have the cherries, but that didn’t stop him from gobbling up half a mini loaf. I’ll probably add a cup of coarsely chopped cherries next time.

This time I used cocoa instead of melted chocolate which added a deeper chocolate flavor. I also added a little bit of red food coloring so that the rich chocolate flavor would pop in a photo. (A tip I read online somewhere since chocolate quick breads tend to look grey in pictures.) Feel free to omit the food coloring if you’d like.


All three quick breads are easy and delicious and my family loved them all. If you’d like to get more information about baking quick breads, The Prepared Pantry has a nice All About Baking: Quick Breads page with great information.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, soften
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1/8 tsp red gel food coloring, optional
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350?F and spray two medium (9 x 5) loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray, or four/five mini loaf pans (5 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/4.)  Don't fill more than 2/3 full.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and the sugar until fluffy, about two minutes. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla and applesauce and mix until well combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients stirring until just combined. Coat the chocolate chips with 2 T. flour and stir into batter.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared pans.  Bake side-by-side for about one hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (Bake 35-40 minutes for the mini loaves.)

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  1. Kathleen says

    I made your bread last week and it was delicious! I made a salted caramel sauce to drizzle on top. I am about to make another batch tonight, but with a salted caramel flavored melted chocolate over it. :-)

  2. Beth says

    My daughter made your recipe tonight. We did not have any applesauce so she substituted a full can of pumpkin. The bread turned out having a lighter color than yours. The texture was so velvety and moist. It was so delicious! Glad she found this recipe!

  3. nsteinpfad says

    I made this bread, but halved the ingredients to make a single loaf instead of two, and it turned out delicious! Very moist and yummy – just the recipe I was looking for!

  4. msmeanie says

    Love it. The bread looks fabulous and I love the use of apple-sauce. I really think apple sauce adds a lot of moistness to a bread. This sounds delicious.

  5. comfycook says

    You made that quick bread look like a star. How am I ever going to bake all your great recipes when you keep adding more?

  6. Jamie says

    Another quickbread I've just bookmarked. You're going to keep me very busy with all these wonderful breads you make. Now I have to decide which one to make first. I love that this has applesauce in it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Marcellina says

    I'm heading the cake stall for our school fete again this year and looking for good sellers. I think this could be one. Thanks!

  8. Daniela says

    Nel tuo blog trovo sempre ricette molto interessanti, anche dolce è molto invitante, assolutamente da provare. Ciao Daniela.

  9. Barbara Bakes says

    The Double Dipped Life – Sorry you were having trouble posting a comment. I switched to the older comment format – maybe this will work better?

  10. sweetlilfe says

    yum, great tip..I love the stripes on the top, I bet it added an extra layer of goodness..I would also like with the cherries..great recipe


  11. Megan says

    I love the red food color tip, so sneaky! :)
    The bread looks like a work of art and I would have bought it in a red hot second! Thumbs up my friend!

  12. tasteofbeirut says

    Your bread is moist, you say? I am interested! Love the way you glazed it, looks very urban stylish!

  13. Deeba PAB says

    It's popping good Barbara. Love that you used cocoa instead of chocolate, and the applesauce mus make it so moist! Love the 'dress up' you gave it too! NICE!!

  14. Carol says

    What a great looking loaf of bread! I love the white and dark chocolate drizzle too. Barbara, your breads must have been VERY good sellers at the bake sale. I have one coming up in June…I'm going to start my baking list soon…must remember to add this one!

  15. Sinful Southern Sweets says

    I love how moist this looks! And I adore that its made with applesauce. Very interesting tip on the food coloring

  16. vickys says

    i love baking my quick breads and muffins so they're always perfectly sized for ONE. :) I'm greedy that way! The thought of red food colouring is very interesting!

  17. Memória says

    What a great tip on the red food coloring. Este pan (o torta) se ve muy delicioso. Me gusta como lo has decorado.

  18. Lynn says

    Yum yum yum, Barbara! Thanks so much for sharing this, as you could tell from my last post that my chocolate tea bread fell all to pieces :o I love that there's applesauce in this one, making it a bit more healthy. Yeah, Barbara!

  19. Gulmohar says

    Toothsome !!! it looks so pretty with that criss cross choco icing on top..have a great week end Barbara !

  20. Bonnie says

    This is what bread should look like. It is lovely. I love the two-colored glazes. I need a break from "healthy" bread to just plain yummy breads.

  21. April says

    All of these breads look so good!!! This will be on my bookmarked list…well…along with the snickerdoodle bread too.

  22. Shabs.. says

    Oh, thsi looks sinfully rich….Will it be ok if i reduce the butter by half?!I have a THINkING THAT ANYTHING MORE THAN 1/2 CUP BUTTER is too much for a cake, how silly!.and i try to reduce them immensely…SO it tend to bake more buttery cakes only fo rget togethers where evry one gets a share:)

  23. Ninette says

    Hey Barbara,

    I've not been blogging as much — too busy at work. You changed your site. Very clean and nice!

  24. Meena says

    Ohmygosh, I am sooo glad you r posting all these chocolatey recipes recently…for a choc fanatic like me, it is heaven on a laptop screen:)

  25. Olive says

    I love how moist and soft it looks, it's like a cake..yum!

    ..Thanks for the tip on how to make the ganache shiny! :)