Chocolate Banana Bread

by Suzanne on July 28, 2012

in Breads, Sweet Things

Banana bread is one of the most popular quick breads to make.  But what about chocolate banana bread? Well not so popular because everyone who asked what I was making had to repeat “Chocolate Banana Bread” and I said yes you heard right. Why so strange of a question? I have no clue because really…chocolate goes with everything, well almost. I made this bread/cake if you prefer while at my parents home in CA. Since my parents are not baker’s I had limited pans available and had to put the batter into 3 different types of pans. One pan was a regular size loaf pan around 9 X 3 inches then a smaller loaf pan and then a 8 inch round cake pan. Then the cook times were all little crazy too, but it all worked out in the end and we had some really delicious chocolate banana bread/cake. When it was still piping hot we dug into the round shaped bread and it did feel like eating cake so you’ll have to make it and decide yourself whether it’s bread or cake.

I adapted this recipe from my friend Liren over at Kitchen Confidante, she made these chocolate banana muffins mmmm… they looked so good but I had no access to a muffin pan so in came the bread and cake pans. I decided to use coconut oil in place of butter since it’s on the healthy side of the food news these days, and the results were delicious. When I bake I try to add flax meal to my baked goods to get some added nutrition in there without anyone noticing :) and it always works, I put it into cookies, pancakes, waffles, cakes, breads and even my smoothies. If you don’t have flax-meal no worries it works just fine without or try using wheat germ or wheat bran. Just do what I do and make a recipe adaptable to you, and enjoy this bread it’s really delicious.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
4-5 ripe bananas mashed well
1 cup buttermilk
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup flax meal
1 1/2 cup of dark chocolate 60% cocoa chocolate chips
1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl,cream together the coconut oil with the sugars then add the eggs and vanilla mix well.
Step 2: Peel and mash bananas with a fork in small bowl and add to the sugar mixture and mix well.
Step 3: In another bowl sift all the dry ingredients together and add the chocolate chips and nuts as well, and stir well.
Step 4: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well. Now add the buttermilk and stir well.
Step 5: Spray 3 loaf pans and pour the batter evenly into each pan or make muffins with a muffins pan.
Step 6: Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 50 min. or until a cake tester or tooth pick comes out clean. When they the bread is done take out and let cool for 15 min., then run a knife around the edge of each pan and turn over onto a wire cooling rack. Turn right side up and continue to let cool.


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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Chocolate does indeed go with everything! This bread looks delicious and I love your use of coconut oil.

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2 Suzanne July 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

a girl after my own heart!

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3 Terra July 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I think my hubby would it devour before I would have a chance to eat some…..I guess I could make two LOL! Sounds delicious, Hugs, Terra

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4 Suzanne July 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

You got to make this for him Terra he will love ya for it.

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5 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) July 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I agree with you–why not chocolate and banana together? I actually have a Banana-Chocolate Bread recipe in the archives so I can imagine how these taste. I’d have a hard time not eating the entire loaf in one sitting if I had this in front of me now. Big yum!

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6 Suzanne July 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Thanks Jean, it was difficult not to down the whole loaf had I been alone I might have :)

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7 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) July 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I think chocolate and banana’s are a marriage made in heaven. Speaking of heaven, your bread looks and sounds heavenly. Need to find coconut oil to zip up a few recipes I have. Hope you have a great week ahead!!!

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8 Suzanne July 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Thanks Lisa, I have enjoyed my result with coconut oil. You have a great week too.

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9 Nami | Just One Cookbook July 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

If I make this for my kids, I 100% guarantee that they won’t eat normal banana bread without chocolate! :D I think I’d trouble going back to regular kind too. This looks so darn delicious!!!!!!!

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10 Suzanne July 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

thanks Nami, and I guarantee they won’t go back either, smart kids :)

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11 Patty July 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I have to try baking with coconut oil, looks like your bread recipe is a good place to start! I bake a lot with bananas, this bread looks delicious, love the chocolate;-)

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12 Choc Chip Uru July 30, 2012 at 2:31 am

Your bread looks crazy perfect my friend, what a delicious combiantion :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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13 Amy (Savory Moments) July 30, 2012 at 5:56 am

Looks delicious! Chocolate and bananas are such a great flavor combination, and I often add chocolate chips – but this way looks even better!

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14 Suzanne July 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I add chocolate chips too to regular banana bread but this was my first time making the bread chocolate, certainly not the last.

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15 Vicki Bensinger July 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

Ooh what’s not to love about this bread. Loads of chocolate, my favorite and bread another favorite. Looks beautiful and I’m certain tastes divine!

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16 Suzanne July 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I know right, chocolate and banana just go together!

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17 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

I love how chocolaty this is! Chocolate and banana is a great combo!

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18 Suzanne July 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thanks Jessica!

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19 Sawsan (Chef in disguise) July 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Chocolate banana bread actually makes perfect sense!
chocolate and bananas are a wonderful combination,will have to make this beautiful loaf soon

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20 Suzanne July 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thank you Sawsan!

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21 RavieNomNoms July 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Wow this is amazing! What pretty bread!

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22 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm

This looks perfect! I even have banana’s that need to get used very soon!

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23 Jennifer @ Delicieux August 1, 2012 at 4:47 am

Chocolate banana bread isn’t foreign to me at all. I make chocolate banana bread all the time, all though admittedly with chocolate chunks. I love your use of coconut oil in this. :D

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24 Sophie August 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

Your home-made chocolate banana bread does look amazing, awesome & truly fabulous!
You use flax meal & eggs at tha same time? I use flaxmeal instead of eggs. Yummy!

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25 Suzanne August 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Thanks Sophie, yes I’m using flax for the added nutrition not trying to give my eggs up, plus I like the extra fiber from flax too.

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26 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

i love chocolate banana bread, in fact, around here if I make plain banana bread I’ll end up eating all by myself, they got used with the chocolate version

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27 Lisa September 10, 2012 at 2:45 am

How did I miss this? I’m definitely making this bread this week (knock wood) :) Love the photo – so decadent!

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28 Maria M Triana October 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Hi SUZANNE, my name is Maria. This is an amazing recipe. I love all your recipes so much that I tried and added this one to my blog, but giving the link to here, as the original source, as I always do with everything I publish. Thank you very much for your time and kind consideration and for the excellent recipes you bring to us.

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29 Ida Sulaiman October 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Hi Suzanne,
May I substitute coconut oil into canola oil? if so, will the measurement be the same. Want to make it this weekend :) Thanks a lot…

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30 Erin October 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Chocolate Banana Bread sounds awesome! You’re right, chocolate goes with everything. I don’t know why chocolate banana bread isn’t more popular, yours looks so appetising with the shiny chocolate discs on the top. Mmmm, now I’m drooling.

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