What could make banana bread better? How about a ribbon of chocolate? This Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread is classic banana bread with a delicious twist!
I love banana bread. So much. And I have to say, my mom’s recipe is the best. No offense to your mom. Maybe your mom and my mom have the same recipe! I don’t want to offend anyone here. But for reals, my mom’s recipe is the best 🙂
So what could make this banana bread even better? Did I hear somebody yell “chocolate?” Yes. Yes I did.
My recipe for Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread is what inspired me to add that lovely ribbon of chocolate to this classic recipe for banana bread. It’s so easy and doesn’t take any special ingredients or a bunch of extra time.
So here’s what you do.
First you’re going to prepare those brown bananas you have sitting on your counter. (I know you have some). You’ll mash them up, and then add some baking soda and baking powder. (This part is fun for kids. First they get to mash the bananas, and then they get to watch a live chemical reaction take place that makes the bananas all bubbly and frothy).
After your bananas are happily frothifying (I just made up that word. Do you like it?), you get a large bowl and add your sugar and vegetable oil. Mix together, and then add two eggs, one at a time.
Now you’re going to measure out a half cup of water and keep it handy. Just set it to the side to wait patiently.
Add 1/2 cup of flour plus 1/2 tsp. salt to the batter and stir.
Now you’re going to alternate another two cups of flour with the 1/2 cup of water. Just keep adding a little of each until they are all used up.
Now it’s time to add your frothy bananas. Just mix those in so they’re evenly incorporated.
Finally, we need to swirl in that chocolate. So melt 1 cup of chocolate chips with about 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil. (This will make the melted chocolate easier to pour). Once it’s all melted, you can go ahead and pour it on top of your batter. Then just take a wooden spoon or spatula and gently fold the batter over the chocolate several times, being sure not to mix too much.
Pour it carefully into a greased 9×5 loaf pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Stick a knife down the center of the bread to see if it is done. This bread pops up so high that a toothpick won’t reach far enough. If the knife comes out clean or with just a few crumbs, it is done. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 30 minutes or longer, and then pop out of the pan to finish cooling completely. Then just try to wait to cut yourself a slice. Or don’t wait. Your choice 🙂
This recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread first appeared on Somewhat Simple.
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup chocolate chips, melted with about 1/4-1/2 tsp. oil
- Add baking soda and baking powder to mashed bananas and stir. The bananas will become frothy.
- Mix sugar and oil in a large bowl.
- Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
- Add 1/2 cup of flour plus 1/2 tsp. salt to the batter and mix well.
- Alternate adding the other two cups of flour with the 1/2 cup of water to the batter. Stir well after each addition.
- Add the bananas and mix well.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the batter and gently fold and swirl it into the batter.
- Grease and flour a large (9×5) bread pan, or 4-5 small bread pans.
- Pour the batter into pan(s) and bake at 350 degrees for 40-60 minutes for a large loaf, or about 30 minutes for the small loaves. After the minimum amount of time, insert a knife to see if it comes out clean. If not, bake the bread longer. The top crust should be nice and golden brown.