Chocolate Swirl Bread


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Today’s guest post comes from Shelly over at Frugal Family Home. Head over to her blog to read her 31 Days of Homemade Sweet Treats Series, 4 Weeks of Frugal Recipes Series, and sign up to get her Free eBook – Sweet Treats. Thanks, Shelly,  for sharing your wonderful recipe on Simplify, Live, Love.


I love bread and chocolate. So, this recipe is like heaven for me. It’s a quick bread recipe. That means you can go from mixing it to eating this delicious bread in about 40 minutes, if you are making mini loaves. These little loaves also look great so they make a great hostess gift or Christmas food gift.

It’s an easy recipe. The hardest part is mixing the cocoa powder into the batter you hold out. I tried to whip it up really quickly and the cocoa powder didn’t cooperate. It ended up all over the place: the counter, the floor, and my socks. 🙁 So be sure to mix in the cocoa powder a little more slowly so you don’t end up with a mess like I did.

This recipe can be made dairy free by just using a milk substitute for the regular milk if you have allergies. Here’s the recipe,

Yield: Makes 4 mini loaves or 2 regular sized loaves

Chocolate Swirl Bread

Chocolate Swirl Bread


  • 2 cups Flour (I used unbleached all purpose flour but soft wheat would also work well)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk, Soy Milk, Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl except the cocoa powder and whisk to blend well.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to another bowl and mix well.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Scoop out about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of batter into a small bowl and add in the cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
  5. Add the vanilla batter to the butter or oiled loaf pans. I used the mini loaf pan size and this recipe made 4 loaves. If using regular loaf pans it should make two loaves.
  6. Drop a couple of tablespoons of cocoa batter on top of the vanilla batter for the mini loaf pans. If using the regular loaf pans just divide the cocoa batter evenly between the two pans.
  7. Now with a knife make a few passes horizontally and vertically to swirl in the cocoa batter to the vanilla batter. I did about three passes each way but I think a few more would have worked out better.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 25 minutes for the mini loaves and 45 for the regular size loaves or until golden and baked through.
  9. Let the loaves cool about 5 minutes in the pans then remove from the pans and let them cool on a wire rack.

Did you make this recipe?

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Shelly is a mom of two kids and wife to her husband of 23 years. She writes over at Frugal Family Home where she shares about homemaking on a budget.

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Great guest post Michelle! Absolutely beautiful loaf of bread Shelly! I’ve never had a chocolate bread, but that has got to change. It looks scrumptious! Happy Holidays to you and your families!

  2. I keep saying I am going to cut down on my sweet intake but I had never heard of bread with chocolate, might have to try this one

  3. Don’t think my comment went through but I said I had never heard of bread with chocolate and although I said I was cutting down on anything sweet maybe after this one

  4. WOW thank you for the recipe.
    I have made a print of it. It looks like a recipe that would be gone in five seconds in my family.
    Happy New year.

  5. Oh this looks so yummy. I hope you don’t mind but I think I will try making this gluten and sugar free using a mix of gluten free fours and some xylitol. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Great recipe and post this looks awesome,I printed out the recipe and am going to bake some tomorrow! Thank you for sharing!!

  7. This looks delicious and amazingly simple! I will try it out soon. I’ve never been one to bake but I think this is a good place to start.