Chocolate-marbled banana bread

We all seem to have that one renegade banana sitting on the counter turning a spotted brown color. Why is it that no one can commit to eating the last one? I peel the overripe bananas and drop them into a baggy, then drop into the freezer. Just pull them out when you need them. I’ve found that they unthaw within a few minutes and are ready for action at a moments notice.

Kevin from Closet Cooking posted the other day a chocolate chip and sour cream banana bread recipe and it started my banana bread craving. It reminded me that on my counter was a browning banana just waiting for some attention. While thumbing through some older cookbooks yesterday, I came across a chocolate-marbled banana bread. It seemed as though the universe was trying to tell me that I should get to work on making some bread! I’ve never made banana bread with chocolate but love the classic combination of chocolate and bananas.

The recipe is a somewhat healthier version, so this will be perfect for folks cutting their calories. The bread turned out very moist and super delicious. I didn’t realize just how much I would enjoy the chocolate swirl, it’s addictive.

Chocolate-Marbled Banana Bread
from The Best of Cooking Light 5

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Measure the flour by spooning into the measuring cups. Place flour, salt, and baking soda into a bowl and stir to combine.

Place sugar and butter into a large mixing bowl and mix to combine, about 1 minute. Add egg, yogurt, and banana. Mix to blend, then add flour mixture. Blend until moist and fully combined.

Melt chocolate chips in a microwave or over low heat until just melted. Allow to cool slightly. Add 1 cup of the batter to the chocolate and stir until blended.

Grease a bread pan and alternate layers of chocolate and plain batter. Using a knife, run it through the batter to create the swirl.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the bread tests done. Mine took 1 hour and 5 minutes.

I made two slight substitutions in the recipe. Although I had yogurt on hand, I did not have plain yogurt. I opted for a black cherry yogurt and it worked fine. The flavor did not carry through into the final product. Also, I used real eggs instead of egg substitute.

I’m in heaven. The bread is moist and rich. It’s hard not to eat slice after slice. Actually, I’m trying to resist eating a piece right now, waiting instead until my coffee is done brewing. What a wonderful way to start off the week :-)

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  • kat March 18, 2008, 9:43 am

    that sounds fabulous…hmm wonder if i have any of those last bananas in the freezer waiting to be used.

  • Patricia Scarpin March 18, 2008, 12:37 pm

    It does look moist and delicious, Allen!
    I really like the banana and chocolate combo.

  • Erin March 18, 2008, 1:44 pm

    So how “light” is it if I eat that whole loaf Allen? :P

  • Allen March 18, 2008, 1:54 pm

    kat: run (don’t walk) to your freezer and count your bananas!

    patricia: Thank you!

    erin: Hmm, yeah you shouldn’t try this now that you’re on the big ‘D’ :-) It’s taking all of my will power not to eat it all in one sitting!

  • Peter G March 18, 2008, 3:47 pm

    “the last renegade banana”… so true! Fantastic matching of the chocolate with bananas Allen.

  • Kevin March 18, 2008, 7:32 pm

    That banana bread looks really good! Great chocolate swirl!

  • Katie B. March 18, 2008, 8:21 pm

    And here I’d just left my kitchen wondering what I was going to do with my brown bananas! Banana chocolate bread is brilliant!

  • Jen March 18, 2008, 9:09 pm

    This looks so good. Normally I think banana breads are too heavy and sweet but this one seems like it would be a lot lighter… and I’m definitely not one to resist a chocolate swirl.

  • Ben March 18, 2008, 9:33 pm

    Hey Allen, that is a good-looking banana bread. I know what I am making this weekend with my ripening bananas.

  • Rachel March 18, 2008, 9:53 pm

    That sounds delicious. I love making banana bread and this sounds like an awesome twist.
    Ummm… can I say something without sounding like a shrew? You made me grin (as do others) when you said they ‘unthaw’.. umm… thaw, don’t you mean? ‘unthaw’ would mean freeze :-) Sorry, minor idiosyncrasy of mine :-)
    Love your blog. I am so going to return and give you a thumbs up on Stumbleupon!!!

  • Allen March 18, 2008, 10:23 pm

    Peter G: Some days, I am the renegade, today it was the banana’s turn :-)

    Kevin: Thanks!

    Katie: Now your bananas have a purpose — get to baking :-)

    Jen: It is nice and light, the chocolate just makes it a knock out.

    Ben: Thank you!

    Rachel: LOL, you gave me a good grin as well :-) You’ve totally made me question my backwoods upbringing — I have *never* thought about the word ‘unthaw’ before but you’re right, it makes no sense. You should be happy that you’re not hearing me speak in person … I’ve been told that I have a very Midwestern/regional pronunciation of words (I add alot of R’s to words). Thank you for stumbling me (every time a post is stumbled, an angel gets its wings) :-)

  • kellypea March 19, 2008, 1:09 am

    Heck. I’ve got about 8 mini renegade bananas I picked up at the Asian market and need to bake something yummy like this. And the black cherry yogurt sounds like a great substitution!

  • Coffee & Vanilla March 19, 2008, 3:57 am

    Sounds delicious! Bookmarked to try later :)

    Thank you for sharing, Margot

  • Geggie March 19, 2008, 9:01 am

    I love banana bread and I’ve never baked it. I’ve had the intention with the frozen banana and all and then I forget and clean the freezer. I do have two brown bananas in the fruit bowl now. Wonder if I could sub applesauce for yogurt as I don’t have any. Maybe I’ll try it.

  • Christine March 19, 2008, 11:26 am

    Chocolate banana bread sounds fabulous! Going to have to give it a try!

  • Rachel March 19, 2008, 3:29 pm

    I’m so glad you weren’t offended! :-)
    I’ll hold your midwestern accent up against my Texas Twang :-) LOL.

  • Katie B. March 28, 2008, 7:35 am

    Me again – I made this last night to bring to work today… and it’s already gone! Fantastic recipe – thanks for sharing!!

  • Min March 28, 2008, 10:44 am

    I made some!
    Here’s the scoop:

    (You might have to cut and paste the address in a couple steps, I didn’t want it to get cut off in the comments!)

    And incidentally, I posted about bad bananas in January! It’s a great tip that people sometimes forget.

  • Anonymous April 4, 2008, 11:53 pm

    I bookmarked this recipe (via tastespotting) a few weeks ago, and I’ve already made the recipe three times–my friends love it! Thanks– this is delicious!

  • Allen April 5, 2008, 9:40 am

    Holy crap — you’ve already made it three times?! That’s great – so glad you and your friends enjoyed it!

  • Shauna June 6, 2008, 8:27 am

    You should enter it in this banana bread contest:

    The prize is a $50 Sur La Table giftcard. There aren’t very many people that have entered the contest either, so it would be pretty easy to win!

    I could do the wrong thing, and enter it myself, but that would be bad karma!!! :)

  • hannah yoon August 9, 2009, 12:06 am

    a year later…

    just made it today…so good. i made them into muffins because i don’t have a loaf pan. just as good, the yield was perfect for a dozen muffins.

    i had the thought, what if i tried peanut butter chocolate-marbled banana bread? get some extra smooth peanut butter and mix it into the chocolate batter. that could be combining the two great pairings with banana: chocolate and peanut butter. yumm

    thanks allen!

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