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Dark chocolate creates a beautiful marbled effect in this moist banana bread made with Greek yoghurt and less sugar than most quick breads.

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IngredientsServes: 10

  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons hot water
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 2 large overripe bananas, mashed
  • 100g Greek yoghurt
  • 115g butter, melted
  • 110g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:55min ›Ready in:1hr15min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a loaf tin.
  2. Whisk flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Whisk hot water and cocoa powder in a large bowl until smooth.
  4. Combine mashed bananas, Greek yoghurt, butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in another large bowl; mix well. Fold in flour mixture until thoroughly combined.
  5. Mix half of the banana mixture into the cocoa mixture until well combined.
  6. Spoon banana mixture and cocoa mixture into the prepare tin, alternating between the two.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 55 minutes.

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Reviews in English (6)

by Margaret Grzadziel Leathers

This was delicious! I replaced 1/2 the butter for an applesauce container, to save on some fat, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. This is definitely not a sweet bread, but it is very moist and dense, with a great banana flavor. My bread was done in about 45 min (I baked it in a stone loaf pan).-23 Feb 2019

by She loves to cook

Great cake! Made 1.5x the recipe and baked in a 9x13”pan for 40 min. Added 1 tbsp white sugar to cocoa and water. Used 2 tsp of vanilla and split it between the cocoa mix and the liquids.Not a sweet cake which was wonderful!-27 Jan 2019

by Jacamo

Sour cream is a good substitute for yogurt if you don't have it. Very moist and just chocolaty enough. Friends always want more.-12 Nov 2018


Healthy Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

Chocolate marbled banana bread &mdash the classic banana bread with an elevated twist. It&rsquos the soft, fluffy, delicious banana bread you know and love with silky ribbons of dark chocolate laced throughout. Sweetened only with bananas and made gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly!

Imagine a world where banana and chocolate collide. Now, let&rsquos make it a reality with CHOCOLATE MARBLED BANANA BREAD! Soft, golden brown banana bread with stripes of elegant dark chocolate all over. I&rsquom willing to bet this will become your new favorite banana bread recipe.


Coconut Flour Banana Bread

I made a lot of gluten free banana bread recipes in the past, but I was never 100% satisfied. It can be a challenge if you live on an island with no access to a good gluten-free flour blend, therefore I always experiment in my kitchen. However, I really love how this coconut flour banana bread turned out.

I don’t use coconut flour very often because it’s very absorbing and can dry out baked goods if used in vegan recipes without eggs. But if you mix it with other flours it can make a perfect loaf which is soft and moist!

Not only is this recipe eggless, but you can also easily make this banana bread without butter. I just added 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil to the light batter and chocolate batter and that made it soft and delicious.


Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread

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This Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread made quite an impression around here – so much so that we saw actual tears when the last few pieces disappeared before we were ready for them to go. I’m not sure if that tells you how good this bread is, or how much my family loves sweets, but it is what it is!

Don’t you think banana bread in general is a wonderful invention? Can you imagine the delight that filled the kitchen of the first person who decided to add her yucky black bananas to her bread when she took her (or his) first bite? Pure genius.

This recipe is fun to make because you take out one cup of the plain batter, and add melted chocolate chips and cocoa powder to make the chocolate marble. Chocolate and banana are so delicious together, and the texture of this bread with the delicate pieces of sliced almonds is just right!

Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top so everyone knows what they are in for, and pop that guy into the oven. You can also make four mini loaves, just reduce the baking time to about 30-35 minutes.

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Pre-heat oven to 170°C/325°F/Fan 150°C/Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment.

Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and using an electric hand mixer whisk together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time whisking well after each addition then stir though the banana and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb, salt and cinnamon. Fold gently into the wet mixture until completely combined. Transfer half the mixture to another bowls and stir through the cocoa powder.

Spoon both mixtures alternating as you go into the prepared cake tin. Drag a knife through the mixture a few times to marble the cake. Bake for 1hr-1hr 15 mins until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack.


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (preferably at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large (or 2 cups) overripe bananas
  • 2 ¼ cup (or 270 g) white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips, DIVIDED
  1. Preheat oven to 350 (365 degrees if at high altitude) degrees and spray your 8 x 4-inch loan pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Cream the peanut butter, butter, and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl (if using a hand mixer). Blend until the mixer is a creamy, yet still pretty thick. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  3. Add 2 eggs and vanilla to the creamed mixture and mix on medium-low until the eggs are mixed in, about 30-45 seconds, scraping down the sides with a rubber scraper halfway through. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula halfway through mixing.
  4. Add the three bananas to the bowl (there's no need to mash them ahead of time). Run the stand mixer on low to medium-low to start and blend in the bananas until they are no longer in chunks, or about 1- 1.5 minutes. You can increase the speed as the bananas break down.
  5. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, & baking powder in a small mixing bowl and whisk together lightly with a fork. Add the flour mixture to the creamed banana mixture and mix in on low until there are no streaks of flour left, but no further (this will keep the bread tender). Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  6. Scoop half of the batter into the small bowl you used for the flour. Add the cocoa powder and stir the flour in with a rubber scraper, or until it's all absorbed and evenly distributed.
  7. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt ½ cup of the chocolate chips on 20-30% heat for 1.5-2 minutes, mixing the chips every 30 seconds, or until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir the chocolate into the cocoa powder batter.
  8. Layer in the two batters by the ¾ cup fulls, alternating them and spreading them in unevenly.
  9. Gently tap the pan on the counter once or twice to settle the batter in the pan and then run a butter knife through the batter, snaking it from one end of the pan to the other about 4-5 times.
  10. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining chocolate chips and bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out without any streaks of batter on it.

Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread

Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread is made special with chocolate! Melted dark chocolate is stirred into a portion of the banana batter. Then, it is layered in the loaf pan with chocolate and banana batter alternating. As a result, you get this gorgeous and delicious marbling!

It's a fact that I make banana recipes often in this home. Grumpy loves to take bananas in his lunch box. I think next to a pear (which is his very favorite raw fruit to eat) the banana takes a really close 2nd.

That being said, I always have bananas in the house that are getting overripe. I admit it. I'm not a banana eater unless it is in a recipe I'm making. My mom, on the other hand, will eat a banana every day and she swears that is what keeps her from getting leg cramps. I don't get leg cramps (often, I have had them!) so I guess I don't feel the need. I'd much rather eat my banana in a recipe like this one!

I made this loaf of bread thinking Grumpy would be home all week to help eat it up. Alas, a last minute change of plans took him out of town for his job and I was left to this bread all by my lonesome. I decided to take it into work to share so I didn't fall guilty of eating only banana bread for 2 days!

Its times like these when I really wish my family was closer. I could just feed them and be happy. Yeah. I'd be the mom/grandmother who is pushing food onto you all the time. Not a bad thing to be, right? I don't think so. My Nanny was the same way and that is probably where I get that characteristic from!


How to make a marble bread

Bananas naturally turn brown when made into a cake so here a few tips to make sure that the marble effect stands out:

  • Cream butter and sugar until color turns pale.
  • To keep the batter lighter in color, use white sugar.
  • Use ripe banana which is yellow in color and has no brown spots. Overripe bananas in cakes tend to darken after baking.

The exciting part about marble cake is you don't really know how the marble-effect will look like until you slice into the bread. Each slice will surprise you!

My first slice was a disappointment, There was no marble effect but big patches instead, a bummer! I know. Then as I started getting into the middle, my visual treat appeared! Silly, but it made me happy and giddy.

Have fun making this at home! Enjoy your tea and coffee tea time.

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With the amount of banana bread being made, the rumors of COVID-19 being sponsored by banana bread actually seem quite plausible. This simple comparison of search terms on Google Trends below will show you the clear correlation between the lockdown and banana bread. Over time, you’ll notice that your usual cakes and foods stay on a similar trajectory and then suddenly, around mid-March, there is a massive spike. And that seems to be continuing in an unstoppable, upward direction.

Perhaps it’s knowing that we can count on the sweet, fluffy loaf to deliver happiness amidst all this uncertainty, or maybe we’re finally reaping the rewards of our initial panic buys. It could even have been the well-documented case of Chrissy Teigen trading her banana bread for Romaine lettuce that led us to believe it would be replacing the dollar as a form of currency.

Either way, if this is the 1000000th loaf you’re making during the lockdown then you may want to spice things up with one (or all) of these delicious recipes.

1. Cream cheese banana bread

When two great things become one. This decadent union offers moist, tangy, fluffy, creamy goodness. What more could you honestly want from one single banana bread loaf? The art really lies in trying to get that creamy swirl to land up in the right place and making sure you don’t bake it for too long.

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2. Double chocolate banana bread

If this is what banana bread life is about then I could watch bananas go brown all day. Chocolate banana bread is an all-day, everyday food. Breakfast? Sure. Mid-morning snack? Duh. To replenish your energy after walking to the kitchen and back? You deserve it. Tea? You get the point.

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3. Vegan banana bread mug cake

Only a mouthful, but a dreamy one. Banana bread is one thing. The fact that it’s vegan is a bonus. But in the form of mug cake? That’s just pure heaven. The recipe also promises that it can all be done in under 5 minutes, or even 80 seconds when you get the hang of it — which you will.

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6. Peanut butter banana bread

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7. Sweet potato banana bread

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8. Marbled banana cake

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The secret ingredient here is strained yogurt. It takes the edge off the sweetness and keeps the loaf gorgeously moist. Pour over heavy cream and dark chocolate ganache for a sophisticated treat.

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9. Banana rum bread

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10. Vegan cinnamon chocolate banana loaf

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12. Cardomom chocolate chip banana bread

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Recipe Summary

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (3 to 4)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down bowl as needed.

Beat in bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture and chocolate on medium. Pour batter into pan. Bake until a skewer inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.

Let bread cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.



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