Double Chocolate Quick Bread

Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!

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Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!Did you know that vanilla is the 2nd most expensive spice?  (Quick quiz – what is the most expensive spice?  Hint: It starts with saff- and ends with -ron.)  One look at the price tag on a bottle of vanilla extract will confirm that it’s not cheap.  I’m talking real vanilla extract…not the imitation stuff that sells for 99¢.  Don’t even google how imitation vanilla is made…you don’t want to know.  Let’s just say it involves cow poop and the northern side of southern facing beaver.)  But back to the real stuff.  The orchids which produce vanilla pods need to be hand-pollinated daily.  It’s intensive work, and I find it fascinating.  For more on vanilla production, check out this post.

Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!You might be wondering why I’m talking about vanilla when today’s recipe is a Double Chocolate Quick Bread.  That’s because a lot of chocolate companies add vanilla to offset the bitterness of cocoa.  Have you ever eaten a bit of cocoa powder?  If so, then you know what I mean about bitterness.  I tried a spoonful of cocoa powder one time thinking it would taste like a chocolate candy bar.  Let’s just say that was the first and last time I did that.

Following up on the idea that vanilla rounds out the flavor of chocolate, I used a bit of vanilla extract in this Double Chocolate Quick Bread.  Chocolate and vanilla are often positioned as polar opposites, but that’s not entirely true.  Vanilla, even when it’s not the primary flavor, plays a huge role in taste.  It might seem strange to bake a chocolate cake and add vanilla, but I personally like the depth of flavor there.  Call me crazy like that!  (Of course, I’m also the guy who will pick a good vanilla bean ice cream more often than not.)

Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!Double Chocolate Quick Bread

What’s not to love about quick bread?  As the name denotes, quick bread is just that.  Quick.  And it’s also delicious.  It’s practically cake by another term, and I’m 100% ok with that.  Quick breads are baked goods that tend to rely on chemical leaveners (i.e. baking soda and/or baking powder) rather than yeast.  Heck, soda bread is a quick bread that takes it’s very name from the use of baking soda.  I love baking homemade yeasted breads, but that process is anything but quick.  It’s a labor of love.  I do personally love it, but it’s a labor.

Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!This Double Chocolate Quick Bread is definitely not a labor of love.  You’ll love it, but it’s not a labor at all.  As with most quick breads, you mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.  Step 3 is to combine the two bowls together until just blended.  Bake it up and bada-bing-bada-boom you’ve got a delicious quick bread cooling on your countertop.

As noted above, I often put a bit of vanilla extract into my chocolate desserts as I personally like the depth of flavor it creates.  After that, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is fairly straight-forward.  Flour, sugar, eggs, oil and cocoa powder.  And the “double” part of the name comes from the addition of chocolate chips in this bread.  All together, this quick bread is an easy but delicious treat when you’re craving something chocolate.  And come on, when are you not craving something chocolate??  Enjoy!

Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!Did you make this Double Chocolate Quick Bread at home?  Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  I’d love to see your version of this bread!

Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!

Double Chocolate Quick Bread

Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 278kcal


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spray a 9”x5” loaf pan with nonstick baking spray; set pan aside.
  • Using a large bowl, add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir until well combined. Set bowl aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream; stir until well combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients; stir until just combined.
  • Stir chocolate chips into the batter.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean.
  • Let cool in pan for 30 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack until completely cool.

Packed with chocolate chips, this Double Chocolate Quick Bread is a tasty (and easy!) recipe for all chocolate lovers!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love vanilla and definitely have full respect for the price tag – and the quality! A good vanilla is just a great thing to have in a kitchen 🙂
    And this Chocolate bread – just what I need with my morning cup of coffee!!

  2. 5 stars
    Another great chocolate treat to tempt me with. It looks like a perfect sliced of joy to go with my coffee.
    What? You’d rather have real vanilla extract instead of lignin- containing sulfite liquor which comes from making paper? Actually making vanillin (fake vanilla building block) is a fascinating process, but like you I want my vanilla from the bean not a tree.

    1. Oh this chocolate quick bread is great with a cup of coffee – that’s how I ate most of the slices! 🙂

      And I know it’s shocking that I prefer real vanilla over vanillin. In truth, the fact that we’ve figured out how to make vanillin is pretty cool, but I’ll still stick to the real stuff!

  3. 5 stars
    You just blew my mind about the ingredients in artificial vanilla **gag**. Nothing like the real thing!

    This double chocolate bread has my favorite quick bread texture! The perfect loaf for weekend brunching!

    1. Tell me about it! I had no idea how fake vanilla (vanillin) was made. I mean one hand it’s kinda cool that we know how to do that…but on the other hand, uh, no thanks!

      This chocolate quick bread is perfect for weekend brunching…or weekday munching! Haha.

  4. Hi David! Gary gets up way earlier than I do and I like to have something on hand for him to have with his coffee and this would be perfect. I can also see turning a couple of slices of this into an ice cream sandwich, what do you think? Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Hey there, Dorothy! Long time no talk, my friend. I hope you guys are braving the epidemic well down there in Tennessee! But back to this chocolate quick bread, it is delicious with a morning cup of coffee – that’s how I ate most of my slices! And an ice cream sandwich is an interesting idea. The bread certainly has the right texture to hold up to an ice cream sandwich. Or perhaps just heat up a slice and put a scoop of ice cream on top – kinda like a brownie sundae, but with a slice of chocolate quick bread instead. Now I’m going to have to make another loaf to try that idea out!

  5. 5 stars
    This chocolate bread is something that is tempting me right now. I just finished my weekend bread making session. wish I checked this post a little bit early. Well, This bread is definitely something different so YES to this recipe 🙂
    have a great day ahead david.

    1. I love weekend baking, too, Priya! Oh, who am I kidding? I love weekend everything…haha. But, yes, this chocolate quick bread is an easy recipe that makes one heck of a tasty treat! Hope you have a great day today, my friend!

  6. hi david,
    i don’t think i’ve ever seen a chocolate cake recipe without vanilla added! In fact i just checked one of the cookbooks on my shelf – every chocolate cake has vanilla, so it’s very normal. is it not so normal in the US? and yep i would never use ‘essence’. i make my own vanilla with pods and vodka. this bottle of mine has been brewing for about 6 years! i top it up every so often…

    1. Oh, it’s definitely normal to include vanilla in chocolate recipes – I was just calling out the fact since it might seem a little unusual when you stop and think about it. I used to make my own vanilla, but then I switched to ordering it from SLO Food Group. Their vanilla is INSANELY good!

  7. 5 stars
    Let’s definitely call it a quick bread and not a cake! See I can eat bread for breakfast and still be okay. If I’m eating cake for breakfast, I have to be sneaky and not let anyone know! See the difference? This chocolate bread looks delicious – and would be perfect for breakfast with my coffee! 🙂

    1. Haha! I like your logic here, Kathy. Cake is kinda a no-no for breakfast, but quick bread? Totally allowed! 🙂 And, yes, slices of this cake – err, quick bread – go quite well with a mug of coffee!

  8. Love quick breads. And whenever the word “double” is attached to chocolate, I’m in! This looks fantastic and will be especially great with my morning coffee. 🙂 ~Valentian

      1. Hey Valentina! I’m with ya on the double – double is always better when we’re talking about chocolate. 🙂 And, yes, slices of this quick bread go really well with a cup of morning coffee!

  9. 5 stars
    Tell me about the cost of vanilla! I use the best vanilla extract I can get. It’s from Madagascar and it ain’t cheap! Love this quick and easy chocolate bread. Man this is making me hungry. I’m just about to put a brew on and could do with a couple of slices of this. Hope you guys are all doing well David!

    1. Real vanilla isn’t cheap, but it makes such a difference! I started ordering my vanilla from SLO Food Group, and I’m hooked on their’s now. The smell alone when you uncap a bottle is insane!! And this chocolate quick bread is just as insane. It’s such an easy and tasty treat! All is well here, Neil. I hope all is well over there with you guys, too!

  10. 5 stars
    You can NEVER go wrong with quick bread! Or with adding a dash of vanilla to anything sweet! I’m thinking I need a slice of this bread with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream because now I’m craving that too :). Have a great week, David!

    1. A big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream goes with almost EVERY dessert, Kelsie! This chocolate quick bread is delicious, but I think it would be even better with ice cream. 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    I never knew that vanilla is the next most expensive spice. Good to know. Great recipe by the way, this will surely give pleasure to those who are chocolate addicts like me

    1. So vanilla is the 2nd most expensive spice – saffron is the most expensive. But a good vanilla extract makes a world of difference in baking! This chocolate bread is easy and delicious…perfect for chocolate addicts. 🙂 Thanks, Raymund!

  12. You know what David, I’ve always added vanilla to everything chocolate I bake but Had no idea that it was to balance off the bitterness of cocoa-thanks my friend! Have I told you how I always manage to learn something new when I visit (your site that is)!? Btw – am powering up my drone to send it up there to case out your kitchen just Incase you have a slice or three of this loaf hanging out… keep your windows open! 🙂

    1. I’m with ya, Shashi. I pull that bottle of vanilla extract out of my pantry quite often – almost every time I bake! So I totally saw your drone coming the other night, but I managed to get the window closed just in time. Haha. If you want to steal this chocolate loaf, you’ll have to come and get it yourself. 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    Wow David this Double Chocolate Quick Bread looks absolutely PERFECT! I can’t get over that moist crumb! Really wishing I had a slice as I write this. I am such a fan of quick breads, and this one looks particularly delicious. 😋 I completely agree, real vanilla extract is a must in chocolate baked goods. Such complimentary flavors for sure!

    1. Thank you so much, Shannon! I do love making quick breads – they’re easy, and they’re delicious. 🙂 I enjoyed most of the slices from this bread with a cup of coffee in the mid-morning range. It was awesome! Thanks so much, my friend!

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