Chocolate Buttermilk Bread Recipe

Updated on February 14, 2020
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Heather Rode enjoys photography, baking, antiques, and hair care.

Easy Chocolate Bread Recipe
Easy Chocolate Bread Recipe | Source

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 | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 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!
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Sugar and butter.Add first egg.Add second egg.Add buttermilk.Add flour and other ingredients gradually, mixing well.
Sugar and butter.
Sugar and butter. | Source
Add first egg.
Add first egg. | Source
Add second egg.
Add second egg. | Source
Add buttermilk.
Add buttermilk. | Source
Add flour and other ingredients gradually, mixing well.
Add flour and other ingredients gradually, mixing well. | Source

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.

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All ingredients mixed well.In loaf pans.All done!Slice and serve.Serve plain or with a spread.
All ingredients mixed well.
All ingredients mixed well. | Source
In loaf pans.
In loaf pans. | Source
All done!
All done! | Source
Slice and serve.
Slice and serve. | Source
Serve plain or with a spread.
Serve plain or with a spread. | Source


  • 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.

5 stars from 4 ratings of Chocolate Buttermilk Bread


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    • Claudia Tello profile image

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      This recipe also looks delicious! I am keeping it in mind for next time I want chocolate bread, cake or whatever other chocolate rich treat (which isn´t that unusual).

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      Brian Ahearn 

      7 years ago

      This is a really awesome presentation, so warm and homey :) And I second that coconut idea.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This looks amazing! I love your toppings/spreads photo.

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      5 stars! your recipe is awesome!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Your recipe is awesome and a yummy treat. Delicious!!!!

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      8 years ago from The hot, humid South

      I skipped right over the buttermilk part as soon as I saw the word CHOCOLATE!!! ;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This bread looks so scrumptious it should be declared illegal!:)

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      Rachel Vega 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Oh wow! I sat up at chocolate, and tingled at the idea of bread! What a great idea. Maybe with a little cream cheese and sprinkled with coconut? That's it, I gotta try this one!

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      Dana Strang 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      This is a totally awesome recipe hub. Fun to read, easy to follow. LOOKS YUMMY! I love what you did with the pictures. The only thing wrong is that I can't reach in and pull out a slice! :)


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