Bread Machine Cocoa Bread

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Time in Bread Machine (varies): 3 hrs 5 mins
Total: 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
256 Calories
11g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 256
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 277mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 5g
Calcium 138mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you have a hankering for a loaf that has a little bit of chocolate goodness, this recipe is easy to make with your bread machine. Cocoa gives this bread machine recipe a subtle chocolatey flavor. It's not too sweet and is perfect for breakfast when it's toasted and slathered with raspberry jam.

If you want to layer on the chocolate flavor, consider Nutella or a little nut butter and honey or jam. Give it a try with a smear of fruit-sweetened cream cheese.

Cocoa bread is great for a breakfast for Valentine's Day. But think beyond that to a birthday or anniversary brunch or even a breakfast group or brunch for the neighborhood, friends, or business. If you have a toaster in the break room at work, you might bring it along to share with your office mates for a team surprise.

Because this recipe uses eggs and milk, do not use this bread machine recipe with a delayed start timer as you don't want the ingredients sitting unrefrigerated as bacteria could multiply. Keep this food safety precaution in mind.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, plus 1 yolk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine ingredients as instructed in your bread machine manual. Set the programmable settings for "basic" or "white bread," the loaf size for "1 1/2 pounds" and the crust color for "medium."

  2. When the bread is finished cooking, remove it immediately from the pan and let it cool completely on a cooling rack before cutting.

  3. Store the remaining bread wrapped in plastic wrap for 1 to 2 days.