Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

The next best thing to homemade banana bread is Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread made with melted chocolate chips. I love it with my morning coffee.
Chocolate and banana go together about as good as banana and peanut butter... or chocolate and peanut butter, for that matter. I've added chocolate chips to banana bread before and its downright wonderful, but this time I wanted to do something a little bit different and melt down those chocolate chips to make somewhat of a swirl pattern. Who doesn't love a good chocolate swirl, after all?
The chocolate portion of this banana bread is different than you might think because the chocolate didn't come from cocoa powder - it came from real dark chocolate that I melted down. Huge difference, in my opinion. The kids loved having a little slice of this in their lunch and I quite enjoyed warming it up with a bit of butter and enjoying it with a hot cup of coffee before everyone else woke up. Its the little things, right?

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (ceylon recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups banana (mashed , about 3 large bananas)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan by coating with cooking spray or lining with parchment.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle blade attached, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy (about 1 minute). Add banana, eggs, and buttermilk. Beat until blended. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed just until moist.
  4. To melt chocolate, place chocolate chips in a medium sized microwave safe bowl and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup batter to chocolate, stirring until well combined.
  5. Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter into prepared pan. Swirl batters together using a knife.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

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