I had some brown bananas.
I had dark, dark, brownish-blackish, mushy, falling-apart bananas.
They needed to be used ASAP.
And we all know the best way to use those kinds of bananas is in a banana bread. But I’ve been there, done that lots of times.
Now, if you’ve ever looked through my recipe index, you’ve probably realized that I quite enjoy the chocolate banana combination. And I’d already made a banana chocolate chip bread, so I knew I needed to take this version to a new level. And a little experimentation with my four-year-old was the perfect way to do it.
Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a loaf pan.
Part 1, Banana Bread:
3/4 c flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/4 t ground cinnamon
2 medium bananas (heavily speckled or even black bananas are best)
1/4 c butter, melted and cooled
3/8 c packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 t vanilla extract
Whisk all dry ingredients down to the cinnamon in a small bowl. Whip/mash bananas until frothy. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until blended. Add dry ingredients in two batches, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Pour into loaf pan.
Part 2, Chocolate Pound Cake:
1/4 c butter, softened
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c vanilla yogurt
1/2 t vanilla
3 T cocoa powder
3/8 c milk
5/8 c flour
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, yogurt, and vanilla and mix well. Add cocoa powder and stir until incorporated. Add milk alternately with flour, mixing just until incorporated.
Pour batter over the top of the banana bread mixture. With a small spatula or spoon, gently scoop and fold the banana mixture over and through the chocolate one.
Bake in center rack for 60-70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, remove, and let finish cooling on a rack.
Hey, look… something turned out pretty:
And it tasted pretty good, too!
It was moist throughout, and the two flavors (obviously) went well together.
I do have to say, though, the banana bread was the definite flavor winner – for me, it overpowered the chocolate a bit. If you are a chocoholic, you might want to up the chocolate-y-ness if you make this. I wanted more chocolate, personally, but the rest of the family loved it the way it was. So, it’s your choice.
The best part, my four-year-old was SO proud and thought that the marbling was very cool.
And his smile made the extra work worth it.