Basic banana bread is one of my very favorite things to bake. Not because it’s an incredibly creative undertaking, but because I could probably make it blindfolded, and since I know my whole family loves it, it’s a great thing to have around to snack on. (Not to mention it’s the go-to solution when you can’t get through a whole bunch of bananas before they go spotty.) But you certainly can get creative with banana bread, as this double chocolate version proves! It takes basic banana bread and transforms it into something that feels like an indulgent treat, even though it doesn’t add a ton of extra sugar. It’s still an easy snack to have hanging around, it just feels like an extra special one.
Personally, I love a quick cake or bread that comes together in one bowl and this one does just that. It uses three overripe bananas, and while that seems to be the norm with most banana breads, this also incorporates some yogurt into the batter which makes for a yummy moist and rich flavor.
The double chocolate comes from cocoa powder that’s mixed into the batter and a generous helping of chocolate chips that are sprinkled on top. There’s no melting of chocolate or anything, so this doesn’t take you any longer than a plain ol’ banana bread might, but it feels (and tastes!) a little more special and out of the ordinary.
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
yield 1 loaf; 10 minutes prep, 1 hour 10 minutes cook time
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 medium overripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan with butter or nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until well combined.
- Add egg, vanilla, banana, and yogurt and mix again.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and stir to combine. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan.
- Sprinkle top with chocolate chips and gently press down into the batter.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Buns In My Oven.