Chocolate Friendship Bread

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Chocolate Friendship Bread is a from-scratch chocolate quick bread made with sweet Amish sourdough starter. Easy to make and chocolate chips in each bite!

Chocolate Friendship Bread Recipe

Have you made Amish Friendship Bread Starter yet?

If you have, you’ve been enjoying moist, cinnamon friendship bread for days now. Ready for something new to make with your sweet sourdough? I’ve got friendship bread variations for you. And I’m starting with this chocolate friendship bread.

Chocolate Friendship Bread Recipe

When I shared the original friendship bread recipe, I realized many of you wanted a variation of that bread that didn’t use pudding. And really, in that recipe, you can just leave the pudding out.

Friends had told me to make chocolate friendship bread, just swap out the vanilla pudding for chocolate pudding. Simple as that! And you can totally try that (although I’d still recommend adding mini chocolate chips to the batter).

But for those of you wanting pudding-less bread, we’ve got you covered with this chocolate bread recipe.

A close up of a piece of chocolate cake with a slices cut

This basic bread recipe is originally a very moist bread. Adding cocoa powder to a non-chocolate recipe can be tricky since cocoa powder soaks up a lot of moisture and can make baked goods dry. We tested this recipe several times to get the right amount of chocolate flavor paired with the perfect amount of moisture to create a bread texture that we liked. Some versions came out crazy moist, but too “cake-like”. Other times the bread was too dry.

What we ended up with was perfectly sliceable. Full of crazy chocolate intensity by using not only cocoa powder but also mini chocolate chips.

Chocolate Friendship Bread Recipe

Oh…and to top it, I made a simple chocolate ganache. Don’t use mini chocolate chips for the ganache, though. They won’t melt smoothly. Use full-size chocolate chips and some heavy cream. Mix it together and slather it on top of that chocolate bread.

Pour yourself a cup of milk or coffee and enjoy.

Here’s more recipes using Amish friendship bread starter:

Chocolate Friendship Bread Recipe
Chocolate Friendship Bread Recipe

Chocolate Friendship Bread

4.71 from 17 votes
Chocolate Friendship Bread is a from-scratch chocolate quick bread made with sweet Amish sourdough starter. Easy to make and chocolate chips in each bite!
Servings 20 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 57 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes

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Chocolate Ganache:


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the mini chocolate chips.
  • Mix well.
  • Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  • Spray 2 loaf pans with cooking spray.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the pans.
  • Bake for 57-60 minutes or until the top center of the bread bounces back when you touch it.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Run a knife along the inside edge of the pans, loosening the bread.
  • Turn the bread out onto wire racks.
  • Cool completely.

Prepare the ganache:

  • Place the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the chocolate chips in 20-30 second intervals, stirring between each interval. Do this until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, being careful to not let the chocolate get too hot. 
  • Allow the ganache to sit for 3-4 minutes, then spoon it on top of the bread. Spread the chocolate just to the edges of the bread.
  • Allow the chocolate to set and cool.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 277
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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Jessie T
3 years ago

Did you use semi sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips? Could you use some of each? Thanks!

3 years ago

5 stars
My families favorite friendship bread!!! We have been making your regular friendship bread recipe for some time and simply love it. We also have been known to substitute different puddings for varying flavors (cheesecake is divine) (root beer was a fun one too). Recently, I discovered this chocolate version and my kids went wild for it. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent!

janice speck
3 years ago

4 stars
Do you have to put the frosting on top, or is there anything else like powdered sugar I could use?

April Almeida
3 years ago

Is there a way to make this in muffins rather than the loaves? I made this yesterday and it’s awesome and I would love to make it in muffin tins if possible, Thanks in advance..

4 years ago

5 stars
THANK YOU for having a recipe that doesn’t use pudding mix! I made this last night, adding some chopped maraschino cherries because i had them on hand so why not, and it came out wonderfully.

Shea Garrison
5 years ago

I added 1 and a half cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes . Absolutely delicious .

6 years ago

I’m in Australia, Julie where can I get Amish Fresh Bread Starter from?

Many thanks

Chris 🙂

Charlotte Moore
6 years ago

5 stars
I used to make this years ago. I made it chocolate, lemon, butterscotch, and coconut. All I did was use whatever flavor of pudding I wanted it to be. My husband loved the chocolate most of all. I loved the lemon best with poppy seeds. Sprinkle coconut on top of the coconut was wonderful also.

I used to make something called Herman with the same sweet sourdough.