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Chocolate Banana Bread

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Take banana bread to the next level with this easy chocolate banana bread recipe.  Swirl in some melted chocolate that will deepen the flavor and add a beautiful marbled color to the loaf!

a stack of white plates with two slices of chocolate banana bread on top with a loaf in the background

Easy Chocolate Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of those treats that is perfect at any time of the year – do bananas ever go out of season?  This chocolate banana bread is a beautiful sweet bread that is so easy to make, and it’s amazingly delicious!

Making chocolate banana bread is as easy as it gets! You’ll need a few very ripe and soft bananas, plus a few staple items from your pantry and fridge. You simply mix the ingredients, pour it into a greased loaf pan, and bake it. Nothing hard, nothing scary!

a mixing bowl with chocolate being mixed in with the ingredients to make banana bread

How to Make Chocolate Banana Bread

To make the pretty chocolate swirls in this chocolate banana bread, just melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips, add a teeny bit of oil so it will be easier to pour, then add the chocolate into the banana bread batter and gently fold and swirl it around.  Here are the easy steps you need to follow to make this easy recipe.

  1. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl and then mix with the baking soda and baking powder.  This will cause the bananas to become a little frothy.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar and your preference of oil or butter.  I have always used oil for this recipe and it’s turned out perfectly every time.
  3. Mix in one egg at a time with the sugar and oil mixture.
  4. Sift together the flour and salt and then add alternatively with the 1/2 cup of water.  (Add a little of the flour, then a little bit of the water and then continue to alternate until each is completely used)
  5. Add the mixture of frothy bananas and mix everything together well.
  6. Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the batter and then gently fold the chocolate with the batter to create the beautiful marbled look.
  7. Grease and flour your bread pans.
  8. Pour in the batter and then cook at 350 degrees F for about 40-60 minutes.  If you’re using smaller bread pans, they only need to be baked for about 30 minutes.

Chocolate Banana Bread Mix-Ins

To add a little variation to this recipe, here are some of my favorite things to mix into this recipe:

  • Walnuts
  • Chocolate or peanut butter chips
  • Raisins
  • Pecans
  • Cinnamon
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup or caramel on top

a baking tray filled with batter to make the best chocolate banana bread

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Tips For Making Chocolate Banana Bread

  • I’ve found that banana bread turns out the best if you bake the loaf on the middle rack of your oven
  • Be careful not to over mix the ingredients.  If your bread doesn’t turn out light and fluffy, you may have over mixed the ingredients
  • Remember, each oven is a little different so the baking times will vary.  With about 10 minutes left to bake, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf to see how the loaf is baking.  When the toothpick comes out clean, the loaf is done.  The top of the loaf should be a nice golden brown. (see the picture below)  If your loaf turns out dry, you cooked it for too long.

 

a baked loaf of chocolate banana bread on a counter made using this easy recipe with a bunch of bananas on the counter in the background

How Long Will Banana Bread Stay Fresh

Chocolate banana bread will stay fresh for about 4 to 5 days if you keep it wrapped and in the refrigerator.  Assuming my kids don’t devour it when I pull it out of the oven, I usually just put each loaf in a freezer bag to keep it fresh.

Can you Freeze Chocolate Banana Bread

You can definitely freeze this chocolate banana bread recipe.  Once the loaves have fully cooked, place them into freezer bags for storage.  You can keep these loaves frozen for about 3 months.  When you’re ready to use them, just place them in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.

a loaf of chocolate banana bread on a counter with two slices cut off the end and laying on the counter showing a beautiful marbled coloring

Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate banana bread is the perfect “welcome to the neighborhood” gift and can be used for so many other things. A special treat for your child’s favorite teacher, a reward for a goal met in a church class, or something fun to bring in to work to share with everyone.  Leave me a comment below and let me know how it turned out, if you tried any delicious variations or if you used it as gift to brighten someone’s day.

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Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

Take our favorite banana bread recipe to the next level by swirling in some melted chocolate! It deepens the flavor and adds something special, while also making the chocolate banana bread look so pretty!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 slice
Calories 200 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oil or butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 very ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips melted with about 1/4 tsp. oil

Instructions

  1. Add baking soda and baking powder to mashed bananas and stir. The bananas will become frothy.
  2. Mix sugar and butter or oil in a separate bowl. (I always use oil and the bread turns out perfectly).
  3. Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
  4. Sift flour and salt together and add alternately with the 1/2 cup of water. (Add a little of the flour, then a little of the water, and repeat until each is used up).
  5. Add the frothy bananas and mix well.
  6. Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the batter and gently fold and swirl it into the batter.
  7. Grease and flour a large (9x5) bread pan, or 4-5 small bread pans.
  8. 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 toothpick to see if it comes out clean. If not, cook for longer. The top crust should be nice and golden brown.

 

a loaf of chocolate banana bread in the background with a few slices cut off. Two of the slices are in the foreground on a small stack of white plates. A small bunch of bananas are in the background and the words chocolate marbled banana bread are overlayed at the top of the picture

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Melissa is the creative mom and blogger from Ice Cream Inspiration, She was a contributor on the Somewhat Simple Creative Team from 2015-2016. Stop by her site for delicious recipes, home organization challenges, and amazing makeovers!

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