Chocolate Rum Banana Bread

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Chocolate Rum Banana BreadWhat more do I need to say other than chocolate, rum, and bananas? Ok maybe just a little bit more, but I’m sure you get the idea. I picked up some bananas the other day just for the purpose of making bread. I don’t like eating bananas when they are this ripe, but I love the flavor they provide to bread. I usually go with a good old fashion banana bread, but this week I had some extra chocolate lying around and figured I would use it up.

For those of you that don’t know, we have moved into our commercial kitchen this week. So I’m halfway out of the house, and halfway into the new kitchen/photo studio. Something as simple as banana bread was a bit of a challenge this week as my home studio/kitchen is almost empty and the commercial kitchen/photography studio is almost setup. Almost is the key word in that sentence. Trying to complete an entire project in one location is a bit of a precarious situation this week. But these bananas had about one more day in their life cycle and instead of wasting them, I just went for it.

This recipe is an adaption of chocolate banana bread by Smitten Kitten. It’s no secret; I’m getting to be known as the gal that likes to add liquor to her chocolate creations. So you guessed it. We have been working a lot with Treaty Oak Rum and it was a great fit for this bread. Not only did we get just a hint of the flavor in the bread, but this bread was so moist, I think it technically should be called a cake. And of course nothing would be complete without my favorite brand of chocolate, Valrhona. Any dark chocolate and your favorite rum brand will work for this recipe if you don’t have access to Valrhona or Treaty Oak, but I’m just saying, both of them make this a really nice product.

So if you are looking for something that is super easy to make, has delicious flavor, and is extremely moist this is a bread for you. Give it a try, we would love to hear how it worked for you.

Chocolate Rum Banana Bread


Adapted from Smitten Kitten

  • 3 large very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 ounce Rum
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup AP Flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup Valrhona Manjari chocolate chopped


  • Heat oven to 350°
  • Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with nonstick baking spray.
  • Mash bananas into the bottom of a large bowl. Whisk in melted butter, rum, brown sugar, egg and vanilla.
  • Place baking soda, salt, flour and cocoa powder in a sifter and sift into wet ingredients. Stir with a spoon until combined.
  • Add chocolate chunks and stir to blend.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 60 - 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then take out and place on a cooling rack.

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      15 comments… add one

      • Amy June 22, 2015, 2:56 pm

        This sounds so good! Would it be possible to substitute brandy for the rum? I don’t have any rum on hand, but I do have almost everything else needed.

        • serena June 22, 2015, 3:39 pm

          Thanks Amy! Sure I would substitute brandy for rum if it was what I had on hand.

      • Michelle @ Blackberry Babe June 22, 2015, 7:35 pm

        This looks positively sinful! I don’t think I’ve ever said that about banana bread before. Well done!!!

        • serena June 24, 2015, 5:41 am

          Thanks Michelle!

      • Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire January 26, 2016, 9:04 pm

        This looks so rich and moist. I can practically taste it already!

        • serena January 27, 2016, 8:29 am

          Thanks Amanda! It’s definitely one of my favorites 🙂

      • Denise April 4, 2016, 5:47 am

        This came out really nice and moist, had a great flavor, and the rum taste was not overwhelming. I used milk chocolate chips, have never heard of Valrhona Manjari chocolate. Next time I might try making it with the coconut rum I have. The only problem I had was when I cut it, it crumbles and I let it cool for over an hour on a rack. Cooked it for the 60 minutes, maybe I needed to cook it for a few more minutes, but the toothpick came out clean after the 60 minutes. Or maybe it just needed more rum? 😉

        • serena April 6, 2016, 7:19 am

          Ha Denise! I like your idea about adding more rum, and the coconut rum would be awesome! The cake is a bit crumbly to begin with, but if its really crumbly, the crumbs can be caused from a few things. Next time spend a tiny bit more time mixing the fats and sugars together to make sure they are mixed really well, but don’t overmix. Also the flour may have been a bit much. Spoon the flour in a dry measuring cup. Level it off with the end of a knife. Don’t pack or compress the flour into the measuring cup. And I’d double check your oven temps and make sure 350° is really what the oven temp is. Let me know if you try it again. I think I’m going to give it a whirl with coconut rum 🙂

      • Sujata November 22, 2018, 11:17 pm

        I tried making chocolate rum banana muffins and they came out so nice and soft , here in India we don’t get good quality chocolate , but whatever I got made mini muffins , here we get very small eggs so I used two and instead of melted butter used olive oil , my husband enjoyed them very much as he is fond of rum😜, I am going to make them again and again . Thank you for the best recipe .

        • serena December 11, 2018, 6:51 pm

          I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      • Connie December 22, 2019, 1:43 pm

        It looks so delicious.. was wondering if I could make it in a bundt pan??

      • Laurie DeWitt April 3, 2020, 9:38 am

        Yes, yes, yes! I’m a terrible baker, but I can’t believe how amazing this turned out! I doubled the rum, and then when I pulled it out of the oven after a few minutes, I poured another one to 2 oz on top. Still can’t taste a ton of rum in it, but it is the most amazing and delicious quick bread ever! I used 1 and 1/2 oz of baker’s chocolate and about a cup of ground up chocolate chips that I put in a nutribullet to chop up.

      • Tt May 10, 2020, 10:02 am

        can you substitute run extract at all? lol its a pandemic but this looks great for mothersday!!

      • Angie December 8, 2020, 11:05 pm

        What about adding walnuts or other nuts?

        • serena December 15, 2020, 9:24 am

          I’d give it a try. We haven’t made any with nuts. I’d cut them small so they don’t all sink to the bottom of the cake


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