Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread

For breakfast or dessert, Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread is perfect slathered with butter and paired with a hot cup of coffee.

I’m all about citrus this month and I can not get enough of it. I find myself snacking on grapefruits, grabbing clementines every time I pass the fruit bowl and sneaking flavorful zest into everything I make. Salads, seafood and sweets are all perfect canvases to showcase the season’s bounty of citrus. I guess there could be worse things to be focused on, so at least there’s that. This week, I am all about the oranges. Oranges and chocolate, specifically. Orange and chocolate have been a favorite combination of mine for a while, specifically dark chocolate.

Is it just me, or is it delightful when you can pass sweet baked goods off as breakfast food? Scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls and quick bread – they all fall under the category of sweet baked good, but are all perfectly acceptable to eat in the morning. Oh, and I almost forgot about doughnuts! Doughnuts are the classic breakfast sweet treat, I can’t believe that I almost forgot about them. I must be off my game.

orange chocolate chunk quick bread-008I’ll tell you what’s not off it’s game, is this Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread. Oh yes, this stuff is everything you’d want a quick bread to be. Simple to put together, you don’t even need to dirty your mixer. Plus it’s filled sweet and citrusy flavors that all reside in a sweet, moist and cake-like loaf. I even added a bit of ginger to the batter for an extra burst of flavor. The great thing about this recipe is that you could mix and match flavors to suit your taste. A combination of lemon and blueberry would be great or even lemon and raspberry.

A slice of this Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread along with a cup of coffee is my idea of the perfect breakfast. Honestly, it’s been my late night snack of choice, too.

If you are on a citrus kick like me, you’ll love these Meyer Lemon Scones and Citrus Rosemary Vodka Spritzers.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk
zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a glass loaf pan with non stick spray and set aside.

2. In a large large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, baking powder and ground ginger. In a second bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, milk and orange zest. Pour wet mixture into the dry and stir until combined. Toss dark chocolate chunks with remaining 2 tablespoons of flour then gently fold them into batter.

3. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

4. Allow bread to cool completely before removing from the pan. Slice and serve!

38 Responses to “Orange Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread”

  1. Stacie — February 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    My Gran started my love affair with orange & chocolate back when I was just a wee thing. Every Christmas I got a Terry’s Orange – they were the best. Followed by the Orange Creams from the box of Black Magic.My Gran passed many years ago, but I have continued that tradition with my kids and like me, they prefer the Terry’s Dark Orange. When I saw this recipe, my heart went pitter-patter, must Pin this! Looking forward to trying it and I can already guarantee we’re going to love it!! Thanks :-)

  2. Heather — February 26, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Orange and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. Cannot wait to make this bread!

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 26, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Mmm love the sound of this! Orange+Chocolate are so fabulous together!

  4. Liddie @ Pink Sugar Goodies — February 26, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I LOVE anything that’s chocolate and orange.. it’s just the best combination. I’m yet to make a sweet bread but this looks yummy, definitely on my to-bake list! Thankyou x

  5. Janet — February 26, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Love orange and chocolate, and I’m always looking for a new quick bread recipe–with chocolate! Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. Adrienne — February 26, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Orange and chocolate… Wonderful combination!!!! :)

  7. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 26, 2014 at 10:56 am

    This is one gorgeous loaf! I love chocolate and orange together – reminds me of the Terry’s chocolate oranges I always got for Christmas as a kid! Pinned!

  8. Erin R. — February 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Hooray for only 1/4 cup of oil! I DETEST greasy baked goods and am always happy to see recipes with a reasonable amount of butter/oil. Also, yes, please, to the orange and chocolate. Saving this one for sure. Thanks.

  9. Gerlinde ( sunnycovechef) — February 26, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I made this bread this morning and it is very yummy, especially with my tea in the afternoon. I used chocolate chips and it took little time to make . I like that, thanks for the recipe. My husband wants to thank you too. He ate it for lunch with a glass of milk.

  10. cheri — February 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    This bread looks amazing! Orange and chocolate is perfect together.

  11. Megan @ Country Cleaver — February 26, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    You can’t tear me away from a quick bread – I’m a sucker for them. WINNER!!

  12. Betsy | — February 27, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Uhhhhhhhh YUM! Chucks of chocolate = HEAVEN!

  13. Vickie S. — February 27, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I made this cake last night and it came out perfect! Just brought it into my office and everyone is very happy! It has a very different and delicious depth of flavor. Another keeper, so thank you so much! Happy baking, everyone.

  14. Natalie @ Paper & Birch — February 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Orange & Chocolate?? This looks incredible Emily!

  15. Monica — February 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I am always interested in a recipe involving orange and chocolate. Love how easy it is…and totally breakfast material! :). Thank you…I have to try it!

  16. Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) — February 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Sweet baked goods just seem so special at breakfast time don’t they? I’m a fan of danishes and pain au chocolat for a breakfast treat but I certainly wouldn’t say no to some of this bread! I imagine it would smell incredible while baking too.

  17. miss messy — February 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Looks absolutely terrific! :) I love orange and chocolate as a combination.

  18. Irene — February 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I just made this… AMAZING!!!!

  19. Valerie | Pursuit of Sweetness — February 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I love the unexpected addition of ginger with the orange & chocolate combo! ;)

  20. Mausumi — March 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I tried it last night. Didn’t have any ground ginger – so had to replaced with fresh grated ginger. Just loved the bread! :-)

  21. Renee @ Awesome on $20 — March 10, 2014 at 3:52 am

    I love the combination of orange and chocolate, too. Such a classic. This quick bread sounds heavenly. I can’t wait to try some with a cup of tea!

  22. Allergy Cookie — April 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Looks delicious! We are thinking about trying this… allergy free style! We’ll let you know if/when we do :)

  23. Shana — May 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Loved making this bread and it was a huge hit. Any idea if it freezes well? Planning on making it for a baby shower and anything I can do in advance is a great help!

    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Shana, I don’t see why it wouldn’t freeze okay. I haven’t done it, but again, I don’t see why it wouldn’t.
      – Jamie

  24. arneza — July 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Hi there.

    This recipe looks really good.

    Can we use cooking dark chocolate in this loaf?

    Thanks xoxo

  25. Jaclyn — July 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Halo morning, can I omit the ground ginger or replace wth others ingredient?

  26. screenshot windows — November 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous and recipe looks delish!

    • Jamie — November 17th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks for stopping by.


  27. Leah — January 12, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I have made this bread twice and both times it has fallen after coming out of the oven. Any ideas why? I notice that there is no baking soda. Is that normal for a quick bread?

  28. Joelle — March 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I landed on your site after a search for chocolate chip orange bread. Years ago I made one that a friend told me was better than sex. It was a guy friend so I’m thinking the bread was pretty darn good! Can’t find my recipe, will try this one.

    • Jamie — March 16th, 2015 at 9:11 am

      I hope you get the chance to try it. Thanks for stopping by.


  29. Ana A. — June 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Hi! This looks delicious… just have a (probably newbie) question though… why do we have to use the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour with the dark chocolate chunks in the end? (can’t the chocolate be mixed directly into the dough?) Thank you :)

    • Jamie — June 18th, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Tossing the chocolate chunks with flour will help them to not sink to the bottom of the loaf. I hope this helps.


  30. Ana A. — June 20, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for the tip Jamie :) It is in the over at this very minute! I figured it might have anything to do with that, but I still they pretty much sunk hehe! It will still taste amazingly for sure, can’t wait to eat (it will be hard to wait untill it cools though :) )

  31. Janie — June 26, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Can you use buttermilk instead of plain milk 

    • Jamie — June 27th, 2015 at 10:09 am

      I haven’t ever attempted this cake without the buttermilk, so I hesitant to tell you if I think it would work or not, buttermilk has an acidic component that could most definitely change the outcome. If you give it a try, let me know. Have a great day!

  32. Janie — June 27, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I did use the buttermilk as that was all I had at the time .  I think it was alright but will use plain next time just to see the difference . I did put a sugary glaze on it with some orange zest in it .  I will make it again 

    • Jamie — June 27th, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Thanks so much for reporting back, Janie!

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