Orange Chocolate Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chunks

Posted on Jan 3 2013 - 10:00am by Barry C. Parsons

Orange Chocolate Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chunks – this ain’t your Grandma’s banana bread!

Orange Chocolate Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chunks

Orange Chocolate Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chunks

When I posted the original version of this  chocolate banana bread recipe it got an immediate great response and almost immediately readers began tweaking it to suit their own taste; adding walnuts, chocolate pieces etc. My mom’s twin sister, Aunt Moo, suggested a chocolate orange version, which of course got my attention…we all know anything chocolate orange does, so I had to try it.

I had some blocks of white chocolate that I purchased for an upcoming cookie recipe so I cut them into rough chunks and added them to the mix too. The result was a dark, rich, fragrant, super moist loaf cake with creamy nuggets of white chocolate interspersed throughout…this definitely ain’t your Granny’s banana bread!

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Orange Chocolate Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chunks

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Chocolate Orange Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chunks. Definitely not your Grandma’s banana bread!
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 1 large or two small loaf cakes
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ pound white chocolate, roughly chopped in small chun
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Beat sugar and oil in a bowl until foamy. Add eggs, finely chopped orange zest and mashed banana. Mix well.
  3. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Fold into banana mixture alternately with orange juice.
  5. Fold in the white chocolate chunks.
  6. Pour batter into 1 large or two small greased loaf pans ( I use small aluminum disposable loaf pans) and bake for 45 minutes to an hour depending upon pan size. A toothpick inserted in the center which comes out clean is the best indicator that the loaf is fully baked.


Orange Chocolate Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chunks

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I SOOOO love all of your recipes! Everything that I have tried so far has been extraordinary!!!!!!

Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen

This looks so delicious! I love the flavor of chocolate and orange together.

I just came across your site via Pinterest, and was so excited to see that you’re from St. John’s! My grandma grew up there, and my mom and I went up there for vacation a couple years ago. I loved it!

Annie @ Annie's Noms

This looks absolutely delicious! I have to make it asap!


Hello, quick question. Any idea what the weight of the flour and cocoa is? If not, how do you measure your flour, by the Scoop/Level Method or the Spoon-In-Cup/Level Method? Thanks!

Barry C. Parsons

I always measure flour and other dry ingredients using a measuring cup set (1 cup, 1/2 cup 1/3 and 1/4 exact measures) I spoon it in so that it isn’t compacted and level it off with the back of a knife for an exact measurement.

Mary Beth Strawn

This cake is super light, fluffy and moist. It has a fairly strong orange flavor, which I love! Why add orange if you can’t taste it, right? I decided to add toasted almonds to one loaf instead of white chocolate and it turned out pretty good. To the other loaf I added dried cranberries. It was also good!

Barry C. Parsons

Great ideas Mary Beth!


To make muffins out if this recipe…How long would suggest to bake?

Barry C. Parsons

Depends on the size of your muffins. I’d say check them after 20 minutes. Let the clean toothpick test be your guide.


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Made this last night and everyone absolutely loved it! Love your website, your facebook page and your books!


I am making this for my sister! She loves Terry’s orange chocolate, so I think she will love this too!


Hi Barry this recipe looks amazing but can you direct me to the original version without the orange. Or give a substitute. I can’t seem to find it. I have all three of your books and love them. Thanks


Yes Barry, chocolate without the orange juice and zest. How would the liquid amount and flavour be adjusted. Thanks