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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4.84 from 6 votes

Buttermilk Chocolate Bread

This is a delicious chocolate bread that is wonderful for breakfast or dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttermilk Chocolate Bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 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.
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  1. 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. 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.

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

  6. 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

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

  7. 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???

  8. 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. 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.

  9. Oh my, that big glass of milk just seals the deal too. I always have buttermilk on hand to make bread. I just love this recipe.

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