Cinnamon Streusel Chocolate Bread

Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel Bread by BakingdomMy blog turns three this week, you guys. I can hardly believe it. It certainly doesn’t feel like three years have passed since I first started blogging. Even after having lived in Maine, St. Croix, a short stint in Minnesota, and now in Oregon…it just doesn’t seem like it’s been three whole years.

I’ve been contemplating this week for a while, and thinking about what makes the most sense for my blogiversary celebratory week, and what I came up with was that I needed three days of three chocolate recipes to celebrate my three years.

There just happens to be three reasons why, too. Mainly, because I think we’re all well aware of my love of chocolate. Second, what’s more celebratory than decadent chocolate for dessert? And third, because chocolate.

So. Chocolate. And today’s chocolate isn’t just dessert, it’s also breakfast, because I say so.

Plus, who’s gonna tell you that you can’t have bread for breakfast. No one, that’s who.

I was really nervous that this was going to turn out with a weird texture, or no flavor, or…I don’t know, something, but it turned out wonderful. The bread has a perfect dense, moist texture, and it’s perfectly sweet and chocolaty, without being completely overpowering.

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread by BakingdomI think the crunchy, sweet and sugary streusel is my favorite part. I mean, it’s streuselit if anything could be my favorite over chocolate…it’s streusel. And this streusel actually has a smidgen on chocolate in it…so it’s double awesome.

Cinnamon Streusel Chocolate Bread by BakingdomThis is my new favorite quick bread. It has edged out my pumpkin bread, which I’ve been having a torrid love affair with for almost eight years. It was hard to admit, but, I mean, chocolate. The pumpkin bread and I were amicable, though. We’ll still see each other for holidays, I’m sure.

Meanwhile, this chocolate bread is a new breakfast staple. I don’t even care that I might as well be eating candy.

We had these for breakfast pretty much everyday for four days, so yeah, it keeps really nicely in an airtight container. And also, best. breakfast. ever.


Chocolate Cinnamon Bread
Makes 3   7×3-inch loaves


1 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
3 cups (grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter or margarine
3/4 cups (300 grams) sugar
1/2 cup (127 grams) brown sugar, packed
3 eggs (or 3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds combined with 1/2 cup water, for vegan/dairy free)
2 cups unsweetened apple sauce
2/3 cup (167 ml) water

FOR THE STREUSEL (optional, this bread is still amazing without it)
1/2 cup ( 127 grams) brown sugar
1/2 cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup (half a stick or 56 grams) unsalted butter, melted (or margarine for vegan/dairy free*)

*when buying margarine for vegan/dairy free usage, be sure it’s actually vegan. I prefer Earth Balance

To make the bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees (165 C). Lightly spray 6 mini or 3 7×3-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray with flour, or grease and flour each one; set aside.

In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate until smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, mix the butter and both sugars until combined, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Stir in the apple sauce until thoroughly combined. Stir in the water. With the mixer on low, add the cooled chocolate and mix until combined. Sprinkle about half of the flour mixture over the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the remaining flour mixture, and mix just until no streaks of flour remain. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and set aside while you mix the streusel topping.

To make the streusel: In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and cocoa together, whisking until thoroughly combined. Drizzle the melted butter over the mixture and stir with a fork until you have a mixture that resembles lumpy wet sand. Do not break up the clumps too much.

Divide the streusel evenly between the pans, sprinkling it over the top of the bread batter to cover it completely.

Bake mini loaves, three at a time on a rimmed baking sheet, for 20 minutes. Rotate the pans, front to back, and bake for another 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If making large loaves, bake all 3 7×3-inch loaves on a rimmed baking sheet for 25 minutes. Rotate the pans, front to back, and bake for another 25 to 27 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving, preferably longer, if you can.

Recipe by Darla

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  1. says

    My blogiversary is happening next Tuesday! I can’t believe it either! I dunno what to make for the occasion!
    Great bread though and pictures, I have noticed that you are fond of chocolate. 😛

  2. Ana Santos says

    Hi Darla,
    I am writing all the way from Spain. I decided to make your chocolate cake. It turned out beautifully. We haven’t tasted yet but it smells delicious. I just want to point out something: when I read the recipe I had to figure the amount of chocolate because one cup could be 100 grams or more depending on how fine or coarse you break the pieces. At the end I used 100 grs or half a tablet of baking chocolate. I made my own apple sauce because here they only have it as baby food and it is usually mixed with bananas or peaches.
    Keep up the good work. Best regards from a Spanish Navy wife who has lost count of all of our moves in 22 years of marriage!!!! Good luck

  3. Rosa says

    Happy Anniversary, Darla! Thank you for this post! I’ve been craving chocolate cinnamon bread since I had one at Starbucks over a week ago. But I know yours will taste MUCH better! And thank you for posting such wonderful recipes for the past 3 years. Your pictures are beautiful, your instructions are very clear, and each time I made something of yours, it came out perfectly tasty! Thank you and here’s to many more anniversaries to come!

  4. Celeste says


    This recipe is AMAZING- I have been following it since last christmas and I am constantly checking it!
    Thank you for being so wonderful!!

  5. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says

    Yay! Happy almost three years! Time flies by so quickly, it’s ridiculous!

    This bread looks very yummy, and the streusel on top looks yummy!

  6. says

    Wow….I’m speechless! 🙂 As a confessed chocaholic I can’t stop drooling all over my keyboard while I look at your wonderful pictures of your even more wonderful chocolate bread. Thanks a lot for including a vegan alternative in the ingredients. I’ll try the vegan version this weekend!