My husband and I are very different when it comes to one thing:  he is a food purist and I want to re-invent, add to and modify everything until I am certain that I have come up with the best possible creation.  Take ice cream for example.  If it’s buy one get one ice cream half gallons at the grocery store and we each choose a flavor, he will always choose plain old vanilla and I am likely to choose the container that has Fudge Brownie, Cookie Dough and Caramel Tracks all in one carton.  Or if we go to one of the self-serve fro-yo places where you have about 10 flavors of yogurt and 50 toppings to choose from, he will get PLAIN frozen yogurt!  I, on the other hand, couldn’t care less about the yogurt, but I need to make sure that I get at least one piece of every kind of chocolate candy into my dish.

So, today when I began making this Double Chocolate Banana Bread and he happened to notice the recipe, he asked why I was messing with an already good thing when we already love both of our mom’s banana bread recipes.  I love having reliable classic recipes that I can count on, but I also love to kick the classics up a notch.

That is exactly what you get with this Double Chocolate Banana Bread.  This is one of the moistest banana breads I have ever tasted and the cocoa powder and plenty of chocolate chips make it just rich enough that it could pass for dessert.

I almost went really wild and dropped some peanut butter into the batter.  You could also make a peanut butter frosting drizzle or add nuts to the batter.  But, we have to save some fun for next time….

Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Recipe type: Bread, Breakfast, Snack
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An ultra moist and chocolatey twist on a classic
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 overripe medium bananas
  • ½ cup plain (2%) Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease loaf pan.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  5. Add egg and vanilla and mix.
  6. Add bananas and yogurt and mix well.
  7. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  8. Add chocolate chips and mix.
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake ~45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  10. Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

cream together butter and sugar

mix in egg and vanilla

mix in bananas and yogurt

mix in dry ingredients

mix in chocolate chips

pour batter into prepared pan and bake

 Are you a food purist, or do you like to mix it up a bit?

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6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    I’m with you Mercedes! Vanilla ice cream? Could care less! (Plain frozen yogurt does not even sound appealing!)
    Although I will say it makes it easy to say no to ice cream! 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Sep 11, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

      It’s true, when Tyler buys vanilla ice cream, I am not even tempted to eat it, so that is a bonus!


  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Yum, this bread looks so good, Mercedes! You can never go wrong with chocolate!


  3. Cassie
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    I am all about changing things up. This is great, Mercedes. I love baking with Greek yogurt too!


  4. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    This is a great twist to classic banana bread! I love all of the chocolate!


  5. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Mm, that looks so moist and fudgy, and I love that there’s still naners hidden in there. Totally awesome! I think I’m a food mixer-upper. I like stuffing donuts into cupcakes, cinnamon rolls into donuts, you know, whatever works 🙂 my boyfriend typically eggs on the experimentations, but at the end of the day, if I’m ever experimentally baking with cheesecake, he likes his plain jane.


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