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Chocolate Walnut Loaf Recipe

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This Chocolate Walnut Loaf Recipe makes a rich chocolate cake style loaf with bits of walnuts inside.

chocolate walnut loaf slices on a plate

Baking is one of those homemaking activities that really isn’t necessary but doing so it creates a cozy warm feeling almost instantly within our homes. I love baking all sorts of goodies and I tend to go for ones that are not too fussy but always delicious.

I find loaf-style cakes to be a great choice for achieving this. Honestly, I will say when choosing to make one I most often will go to my Classic Banana by default. As there are almost always browning bananas on the countertop. But alas my daughter will insist on something chocolate and so many times the bananas might go into the freezer bin for a rainy day. Today I am sharing with you her favorite Chocolate Walnut Loaf style cake. It has a brownie like quality to it with its chocolatey flavor and the walnuts give it a delicious nutty flavor. It is a recipe I make often and one I am sure you will too.

a young girl having milk and cake

What You’ll Need To Make A Chocolate Walnut Loaf

1 ¼ cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup salted butter (room temperature)

1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ½ cups of sugar

1 tsp of baking powder

3 eggs

2 tsp of vanilla extract

1 tsp of baking soda

1/2 cup of milk

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

ingredients for a chocolate walnut loaf

Directions:

Begin by preheating oven to 350°F/177°C.

In a large bowl cream the sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, and eggs together.

eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl

In a separate bowl sift the flour and cocoa powder. Add the baking powder and baking soda and stir to combine. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture in the larger bowl. Stir until everything is combined. Chop the walnuts into small bits (as pictured).

cocoa powder and flour in a bowl

Once done, add the walnuts and stir to combine them.

diced walnuts on a cutting board

Pour your batter into a waiting buttered and floured loaf pan.

Bake for approximately 55- 60 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick into the center and remove it cleanly. Let cool, then slice and serve.

a cake platter with chocolate walnut loaf slices on it
chocolate walnut loaf up close

Baking Tips

  • To prevent the cake from sinking in the middle when baking, sift the flour and cocoa powder. This will also prevent clumps in your cake batter.
  • Be sure to butter and flour your loaf pan to prevent sticking.
  • Use real butter, not margarine.

Tools You May Need

Loaf Pan

Cuisinart Black Stand Mixer

Wooden Measuring Spoons

White Mixing Bowls Set of 4

FAQ For Chocolate Walnut Loaf Recipe

Can I freeze a loaf?

Yes, you can. The trick to freezing is using a good ziplock bag with a good seal and make sure you push all the air out. I do this by folding it over and then closing the bag. You will want to make sure you allow the bread to completely cool off before placing it in your ziplock bag and into the freezer. I also find wrapping it first with a bit of parchment paper before placing it in the freezer bag helps keep the loaf protected.

To thaw, you will just take it out about 2 hours prior to when you want to eat it or serve it.

Can I use vegetable oil instead of butter?

You likely can. Use the same amount of oil specified as the butter. I have used olive oil and it gives a nice result. I have not tried actual vegetable oil but I do find baking with oils to give pretty similar results.

If you try this recipe and love it, I would love it if you would come back and give it 5 stars!

chocolate walnut loaf in slices on a plate

Chocolate Walnut Loaf

Yield: 1 Loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

A rich chocolatey cake style loaf with walnuts baked in

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa
  • 1 ½ cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C
  2. In a large bowl cream the sugar, milk, butter, vanilla, and egg together.
  3. In a separate bowl sift the flour and cocoa powder together. Add the baking powder and baking soda. Stir to combine.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture in the larger bowl. Stir until everything is combined.
  5. Once done, add the walnuts and stir to combine them.
  6. Pour your batter into a buttered and floured loaf dish.
  7. Bake for approximately 55 - 60 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick into the center and remove it cleanly. 

Notes

Sifting the flour together with the other dry ingredients will ensure a consistant batter and help prevent the cake from sinking in the middle when baked.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 7g

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