Banana bread is a staple recipe in many kitchens. Even my friends who don’t like to bake often tend to have a go-to banana bread recipe handy for when that bunch of bananas sitting on the kitchen counter go uneaten every now and again. Well, now I’m bringing you a handy variation on your go-to banana bread recipe with this Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread.
This recipe is deceivingly easy to put together and makes for a delectable change of pace from your standard banana bread. This Chocolate Banana Bread is moist and well-balanced between the chocolate and the sweetness of the overripe bananas. You’re gonna love it!
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Chocolate + Banana = a Match Made in Heaven
To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of fruit plus chocolate together. I know, I know! I should really give it another try, but believe you me, I have and I don’t know why, but it’s just not my thing. (Hope you still like me despite this obvious flaw in my tastebud preferences!)
Chocolate and banana, on the other hand, is clearly an exception. This pairing is one of those quintessential flavor combos that just makes everyone smile. So, in trying to redeem myself with you all, I will now share a delicious and super easy to bake recipe that highlights these flavors so well.
How to Make Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread
Putting this chocolate banana bread recipe together is a lot easier than it may look! It starts with making my easy Banana Bread batter. After the batter is all mixed, divide it in half by scooping half the batter into a clean bowl, leaving the remaining half in the mixing bowl.
Next, add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder to one of the batters. Fold in using a spatula or wooden spoon until well combined and no dry spots appear.
Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the plain banana bread batter and place in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan. Then scoop the same amount of the chocolate batter and place next to the plain batter dollop. Continue alternating the dollops of batter, layering them on top of one another until you have used up all the batter.
Using a butter knife, swirl the batters together gently. Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips then bake .
Tips for Making Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread
- To mash the bananas, simply place the peeled bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork. No fancy potato masher or other equipment needed. I like to leave some pieces of banana in there – feel free to mash to whatever consistency suits you best! I typically need about 3 to 4 medium to large bananas for the amount specified in the recipe
- I use an 8×4 loaf pan, whereas I’ve seen many other recipes call for 9×5. This isn’t the hugest of deals, but my personal preference is to have a taller loaf of banana bread rather than a shorter, denser loaf. Feel free to use whichever size you have on hand
- When swirling the chocolate and plain banana bread batters together, resist temptation to keep swirling. Swirl only once through top to bottom of the pan. If you swirl too much the batters will blend together and you’ll lose the marbling effect
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