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This decadent Chocolate Bread is infused with espresso and chocolate chips for a quick bread that satisfies your chocolate cravings for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Or try a slice with whipped cream and berries for a simple yet delicious dessert.

Slices of chocolate bread topped with whipped cream and berries on a white plate next to a gold fork.

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It seems like lately I have had a lot of people around me who need some cheering up. I don’t know what’s in the air these days, but it feels like everyone has had something going on.

One of the easiest ways for me to spread some love is by sharing baked goods. And quick breads are always a hit!

Sometimes I will make a big batch of quick bread and freeze a few loaves, that way I have something on hand that I can pull out and take to a friend or neighbor when they are sick, have just had a baby, or simply need a pick-me-up.

Lately, this chocolate bread has been one of my favorite pick-me-up recipes. It’s super rich and decadent and makes you feel better with just one bite.

Loaf of chocolate bread set on a white board with several slices cut from it.


Like my all-time favorite pumpkin bread, this chocolate bread is a type of quick bread.

Quick breads are breads that use baking powder or baking soda as leaveners instead of yeast. Since they don’t contain any yeast, they don’t need to rise and can be prepared quickly. Thus, quick bread!

Muffins, scones, and biscuits are all types of quick bread recipes, along with breads baked in a loaf pan such as this chocolate bread.

Even though this recipe bakes for over an hour, you can have these loaves in the oven within 15 minutes or so, so the hands-on time is very minimal. In fact, recipes like this are great to make with kids or beginner bakers because they’re so simple to make!

Dry ingredients for chocolate bread being whisked together in a white bowl.


If you like to bake, and especially if you’re a chocolate lover, you may already have everything you need to make these loaves of chocolate bread in your pantry already./

Ingredients you’ll need

The ingredients for this recipe are quite simple. You’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour: Make sure you know how to measure flour properly so you are set up for success from the start.
  • Granulated sugar: We want to make sure our bread has just enough sweetness to it.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder & semisweet chocolate morsels: I love the double-chocolate goodness of my chocolate zucchini muffins, so you know I had to use both cocoa powder and chocolate chips in this recipe, too! 
  • Baking powder: This serves as the leavening agent in this recipe.
  • Salt: Just a bit of salt helps round out the flavors in this bread.
  • Milk & vegetable oil: We need both liquid and fat in our bread to bring the batter together and keep the bread nice and tender.
  • Eggs: Eggs serve as a binder and make for a tender crumb. 
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla is always a must for tying together the flavors in a quick bread! 
  • Instant espresso granules: Coffee and chocolate go together perfectly. 
Chocolate bread batter in a white bowl.

Do you have to use espresso in your chocolate bread?

If you’ve made what I believe to be the best chocolate cake recipe, you’ll recognize why there’s a bit of instant espresso in this recipe.

A bit of coffee in chocolate-based recipes helps enrich and deepen the chocolate flavor. But it won’t make this bread taste like chocolate!

But don’t worry – you can always skip the espresso if you’d like. Simply leave out the espresso mixture and the bread will still be amazing!

Chocolate chips tossed with flour in a white mixing bowl.

Making this recipe

Start by preparing your pans. Grab two 8×4-inch loaf pans and spray them with nonstick cooking spray. Line the pans with parchment paper and then spray the parchment as well. This will ensure a clean release after the bread has cooled. 

Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add the milk, oil, eggs, vanilla, and espresso mixture (if using) and beat this together with an electric mixer.

Two loaves of chocolate bread cooling on a wire rack.

In a separate bowl, toss the chocolate morsels or chips with 2 tablespoons of flour. Doing this will help keep the chips from sinking right to the bottom of the loaves!

Stir the chocolate chips into the bread batter and then divide the batter evenly into the prepared loaf pans.

Sliced loaf of chocolate bread set on a white cutting board.

After the bread has fully baked, let the loaves cool in the pans for 20 minutes before turning them out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Serve your chocolate bread for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. You can even top it with some homemade whipped cream and fresh berries for a simple yet delicious dessert!

Or use it to make french toast! Sort of similar to banana bread french toast…but more chocolatey!

Two white plates with slices of chocolate bread on them.


Just like my pumpkin chocolate chip bread, I think this bread is actually even better the next day. You can keep this bread, well wrapped, at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Or you can freeze it for even longer – it freezes beautifully!

You can wrap an entire loaf of chocolate bread and freeze it whole or cut it into thick slices and freeze them individually. Either way, wrap the bread in a layer of plastic wrap or foil and place in a zip-top freezer bag.

Freeze the bread for up to 3 months. Let it thaw at room temperature or pop a slice in the microwave for 30-60 seconds to enjoy a warm, gooey piece of chocolate bread at a moment’s notice.

Fork taking a bite from a piece of chocolate bread on a white plate, topped with whipped cream and berries.
Slice of chocolate bread topped with whipped cream and fresh berries on a white plate.

Chocolate Bread

Yield: 2 8x4-inch loaves
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This decadent Chocolate Bread is infused with espresso and chocolate chips for a quick bread that satisfies your chocolate cravings for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Or try a slice with whipped cream and berries for a simple yet delicious dessert.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso granules dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water, optional
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels, plus 2 tablespoons flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 °F. Spray (2) 8x4-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Give the parchment a quick spray as well.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat in the milk, oil, eggs, vanilla and optional espresso mixture. Combine at medium speed with an electric mixer until combined. 
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the chocolate chips with 2 tablespoons of flour (this will help to prevent the chips from sinking to the bottom of the batter), and gently stir into the batter. Spoon evenly into the prepared pans.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15-20 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 20 minutes. Remove the bread from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack.


  • The instant espresso in this recipe simply enhances the flavor of the chocolate; it does not make the bread taste like coffee. If you do not want to include the espresso, simply omit the espresso mixture from the batter.
  • Store bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Slightly adapted from Paula Deen

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Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 345Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 29mgSodium 111mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 2gSugar 31gProtein 4g

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Diane Nicole

Monday 30th of May 2022

Love the recipe! Would like to try this some time! Looks good and delicious! Thanks for this recipe and the nutrition informations, too!


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! -Jamie


Wednesday 18th of May 2022

Hi can this be made with Gluten free flour? Thanks


Thursday 19th of May 2022

Hello! I haven’t attempted this recipe with this adjustment, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I’d love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie


Monday 25th of July 2016

Just making this for the first time today. I did notice the recipe doesn't really address what to do with the flour coated chocolate chips-- sprinkle on top, gently stir in, etc. They are out of the oven cooling now and smell delicious!


Friday 29th of July 2016

Hi, Scott! Correction made in the recipe...thank you! I hope you enjoyed the bread!


Monday 29th of December 2014

Clearly a late arriver for the post, but love the recipe. I got a jar of Vanilla Curd for Christmas and this is the perfect partner for it!


Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Sounds delicious, but this is cake, not bread. Nothing breadlike about it!

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