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Chocolate Buttermilk Bread Recipe

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Heather Rode enjoys photography, baking, antiques, and hair care.

An Easy Chocolate Bread Recipe

This easy chocolate loaf recipe combines what I love about both bread and brownies. There's also something I find romantic about darker breads (rye, pumpernickel, etc). Preparing it was my first time using or even buying buttermilk—which I thought was going to be a headache (not sure why) but it was pretty simple.

Whenever I hear "buttermilk" I instantly think of Wilbur getting a "buttermilk bath" in Charlotte's Web. I actually thought of him the entire time I was baking this bread and had a secret grin from start to finish. Don't be intimidated if you don't usually bake bread—you don't need a bread machine. It's as easy as making chocolate cake and just as yummy.

What Is Buttermilk?

Is buttermilk just milk with butter in it? Nope. Buttermilk is the liquid that's leftover after churning butter. It's a little thicker than regular milk, so don't be alarmed.

Ingredients for Chocolate Bread Recipe

Ingredients for Chocolate Bread Recipe

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

40 min

1 hour

3 Loaves


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter, (8 tablespoons)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. In mixing bowl, cream sugar and softened butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, and beat well in between.
  3. Stir in buttermilk.
  4. Add flour, gradually, mixing well.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Pour into greased pan(s) and bake for 40–60 minutes, depending on pan size.
  7. Slice and enjoy!

Recipe for Buttermilk

Don't have buttermilk on hand? That's okay! You can make your own buttermilk substitution using the following recipe.

You'll Need:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice


  1. Combine milk and vinegar or lemon juice and allow to sit for five minutes.


  • I used 3 medium-sized loaf pans and it took about 40 minutes to bake. Bake longer if you're using just one large pan or bake for less time if using mini loaf pans.
  • The trick to a soft and smooth cake/bread is about the dry and wet ingredients. If a recipe says to gradually do anything, then do it gradually. Some recipes that use more flour than milk (for example) will have you alternate between gradually adding and stirring the two, beginning and ending with flour.
  • Dumping all of an ingredient in at once (like flour) can shock your batter. I took instructions like these as suggestions when I was younger and I'm surprised that I didn't have nearly as many baking "flops" as I should have. These days, I take my time and do it the right way.
  • Using medium loaf pans and slicing and storing in Ziploc bags makes it very easy to snack on these throughout the day whether you're home or somewhere else.

One of My Favorite Snacks

This bread is pretty yummy. My husband and I enjoy snacking on it throughout the day and since it's really versatile, it compliments breakfast, lunch or dinner. It tastes great just plain, but I also ate and enjoyed slices spread with butter, cool whip, peanut butter, honey, and strawberry jam.

This is also a great alternative to buying chocolate muffins at the bakery or cafe when you're on the go and don't have time to make breakfast. Make this the day before, slice, and store in small Ziploc bags that you can take with you. Save yourself some money and enjoy.

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