Buttermilk Chocolate Bread - The Southern Lady Cooks

Buttermilk Chocolate Bread is wonderful with a cup of coffee. Easy to make and if you love chocolate you will love this bread. We love easy recipes and this one is great! If you have followed our site for any amount of time you know we love to make bread. There is something about bread for breakfast! This bread would also be great for any brunch gathering!

Buttermilk Chocolate Bread Ingredients Needed:

White Sugar

utter or margarine, softened



All-purpose flour


Baking powder

Baking soda



Walnuts or nuts of your choice

Many times when I post a recipe with buttermilk people immediately ask if it can be made with something else. You can easily make a buttermilk substitute! Click here for the recipe.

“Wow this bread is amazing! I used white whole wheat flour to make it a bit healthier. I will definitely add this one to my recipe book.” – Karen

“I used 3 mini loaf pans, 35 minutes bake time. I also used mini choc chips; that makes the bread easier to slice.” – Anu

If you love this bread you will also love this delicious Cinnamon Bread! It’s one of the most popular recipes on our website for a reason. If you do decide to make it, I definitely suggest making the homemade cinnamon chips (linked in the recipe). They take this bread to a whole new level.

Buttermilk Chocolate Bread - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Buttermilk Chocolate Bread

Judy Yeager
This is a delicious chocolate bread that is wonderful for breakfast or dessert.
4.70 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course bread
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup walnuts or nuts of your choice


  • In a bowl, combine sugar and margarine; blend well with mixer. Add eggs; continue mixing. Add buttermilk, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; blend just until all ingredients are wet. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
  • Pour into sprayed 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 55 – 60 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes; remove from pan.
Keyword Buttermilk Chocolate Bread
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  1. Pat Nelson says:

    I made the recipe and it was great, it did not last long enough to get a picture. My husband cut into it before it cooled. He said it’s definitely a keeper. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  2. hello , to clarify is it margarine or unsalted butter?
    can’t wait to bake it!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Either will work, but we use unsalted butter.

  3. Juanita Statkiewicz says:

    One of my favorites, and so versatile! I’ve made several times. I used pecans once when out of walnuts, yum. Also substituted mini butterscotch chips, when out of chocolate chips, so delicious! Such a great recipe. I admit that my favorite is the original though.5 stars

  4. You posted this on Facebook and I decided to make it! Oh my is this bread delicious! So moist and so good! I just love all your recipes!5 stars

  5. Mine was a total failure. I followed the directions as written but after one hour in a 350 degree oven the interior of the bread was like pudding. By the time the inside had firmed up enough for a clean knife test the entire outside was hard and dry. The whole bread was too dry.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Shari, I’m sorry you had such issues with this recipe. As you can see this bread has fantastic reviews. Unfortunately, not every recipe will work for every person.

  6. This recipe was great! I added half a teaspoon of instant espresso. The chocolate bread was very tender and flavorful. So cozy in this chilly weather, especially when it’s warmed up.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You can use whichever you like. There is salt in this recipe so I would use unsalted but it’s a personal preference.

  7. What a cake love all the chocolate in it thank you for sharing

    1. Not a sweet or moist enough Bread.
      My suggestion is don’t waste your ingredients. I love this site, but not this recipe!!!3 stars

      1. The Southern Lady says:

        Hi Jennifer,

        I’ve already responded to you once since you posted the same message on our social media, but I’m going to respond to you one more time. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this bread. As you can clearly see from the comments on this post, many people enjoy it and have had success with it. Some recipes are tricky, and not everyone can make them. Thanks so much!

  8. Wow, delish! This recipe is a keeper for sure!5 stars

  9. Melissa Weissman says:

    Delicious! Now that I’ve followed the recipe exactly, I’m going to make a couple changes 1) will use mini chocolate chips or maybe white chocolate chips; and going along with that, will toss them with a little of the flour mixture to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the loaf and maybe that will help with distribution.
    2) Will bake it earlier in the day, so it’s cooled completely by the time I want to slice it up.

    This is definitely going into my quick bread rotation.5 stars

  10. peggy reed says:

    can i use self rising flour?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I’ve never made it that way but it may work fine. Thanks!

  11. Karen Becker says:

    Wow this bread is amazing! I used white whole wheat flour to make it a bit healthier. I will definitely add this one to my recipe book.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Wonderful!! So glad it was a hit!

  12. Hi, I am making this and there are all different kinds of chocolate chips. Are you using semi sweet, milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate chips? I printed the recipe and want to make notes.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You can use whatever you like, I normally just use what I have on hand which is the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

  13. Anu Riley says:

    I feel slightly bad, I made this but haven’t tried it yet. I made it with the sole purpose of giving it away, and whatever is left we will certainly feast on.

    So my review is based on how easy it was to put together, and how yummy it smelled (that is a good sign!) And it looked wonderful as well.

    I used 3 mini loaf pans, 35 minutes bake time. I also used mini choc chips; that makes the bread easier to slice. And no walnuts.4 stars

  14. This is my new favorite bread. It’s amazing!5 stars

  15. SpinninJenny says:

    How is this different from a chocolate cake?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      The bread is a little more chewy than cake and the texture is a little different but it tastes like cake, Jenny.

  16. Kimberley says:

    Hi!! This chocolate bread sounds divine!! Going to make soon….but I was wondering…do you ever add any vanilla flavoring or any other flavoring ……I bake a lot and it is rare I find a recipe for something sweet without any flavoring of some kind.

    Do you think adding vanilla flavoring to this recipe would be okay???

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I think that would be fine Kimberley go ahead and add it to the recipe if you want.

  17. Thanks…I will let you know how it turns out! Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

  18. Have you made this as mini loaves? Would like to make to give away as gifts. Cooking time I guess would change? Sounds delish!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have not made the mini loaves but you are right and it would make a great gift. I would just cook about 10 minutes less and check centers about 10 minutes before regular cooking time. Good luck and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  19. Could you used Hershey’s Cocoa instead of the chocolate chips? Thanks.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I only make it by the recipe.

  20. I want to make a dessert to freeze and would love to make this. Do you think this is freezable? Thanks!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have not tried freezing it but I think you could do so, Rebecca.

  21. Made it today and it is so good! Can’t wait to share it with my friends. 🙂

  22. sondra oliver says:

    This is a lot like the chocolate amish bread I’ve made in the past.

  23. Chocolate Bread! I think I’ve died and gone to Heaven.