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Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe has been featured on this site many times, as banana bread and also using other fruits like apples and figs. It is IMHO the best banana bread recipe I have found. While perusing recipes I saw a gorgeous chocolate marble banana bread and although I have added chocolate chips never a chocolate swirl. I used my go to recipe and copied how the chocolate marble swirl was made. The bread is delicious, simple and I like to make 3 mini loaves and freeze them, it freezes beautifully.

It’s moist and chocolaty with lots of banana flavor. The spelt adds some texture and a delicious nuttiness that you only get from spelt.

Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

Makes one 9 inch or 3 mini loaves

Adapted from a recipe by Martha Stewart

1 stick 4 oz softened butter

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

1 cup flour

1/2 cup spelt flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 heaping cup mashed very ripe banana (2 1/2 large or 3 medium bananas)

1/2 cup sour cream or creme fraiche

1 tsp vanilla

3 oz dark chocolate melted

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Heat oven to 350 degree’s. Prepare your baking tins by greasing generously either with cooking spray, butter or shortening. Place flours, baking soda and salt in bowl and whisk to combine.

In the bowl of a stand mixer add the butter and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy scraping the sides occasionally. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture and beat on medium high speed just until combined. Now add the banana, sour cream and vanilla and mix to combine.

Remove one cup of the batter to a small bowl. Melt the chocolate and add the cocoa powder, stir. Add to the 1 cup of batter and fold in.

Spoon some of the regular batter into the baking pan if using a 9 inch loaf pan add half the batter, now half of the chocolate batter in two spoonful. Add the rest of the plain batter and spoon the rest of the chocolate batter on top. Swirl gently with a knife or skewer being careful not to over swirl, a few times back and forth will be enough.

Bake the 9 inch loaf approximately 50-55 minutes and the 3 mini loaves approximately 25-30 minutes. A cake tester or toothpick should come out clean when inserted in the center. The loaves will be browned and feel firm.


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  1. There you go, tempting folk again. There must be an epidemic of large people where you live and yet you are svelt and gorgeous. Ah, I know. You have a contract with fitness clubs to get them members don’t you?
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

    July 10, 2017
    • LOL, David you are too kind. Thank you so much, don’t go to the fitness club but I walk a lot, constantly and to keep myself from eating them I give them away and freeze what I don’t give away. Keeps it out of my mouth, mega hugs dear friend.

      July 10, 2017
  2. dancing for donuts #

    ohhhh my goodness this looks and sounds delicious!!! quick breads are my favorite! thanks for sharing your recipe πŸ™‚

    July 10, 2017
    • I also love quick breads, primarily because they are quick and so delicious. Thank you so much.

      July 10, 2017
  3. Sandhya #

    You are super talented! What a perfect looking chocolate marbled banana bread! I like the use of spelt flour in the recipe. I am drooling all over the keyboard here. The light from the window plays so beautifully on the loaf- great shot!

    July 10, 2017
    • Thank you so much Sandhya, its a wonderful recipe and I so love the chocolate marble addition. Thank you again!!

      July 10, 2017
  4. I’m standing here munching on a banana studded with chocolate chips but I’d much rather be munching on a slice of this decadently delicious chocolate marbled banana bread! Such a delightful combo – IMHO this has gotta be the best banana bread recipe as well! πŸ™‚

    July 10, 2017
    • Is the banana frozen? I love frozen banana covered in chocolate, a layer of peanut butter is nice too!! Thanks so much Shashi.

      July 10, 2017
  5. Oh my goodness, what I wouldn’t do for a slice of that right now! Such a beautiful and easy bread to make, too.

    July 10, 2017
    • Thanks so much Kathryn, it is easy and really delicious. I have been making this recipe for years and it never disappoints.

      July 10, 2017
  6. Yumolicious! πŸ“

    July 10, 2017
  7. What was I thinking…looking at this before I have had lunch…looks great!!

    July 10, 2017
  8. petra08 #

    This sounds so good, banana and chocolate with a beautiful marble! happy FF πŸ™‚

    July 10, 2017
  9. Vidya Narayan #

    This looks super delish! Fabulous bake.

    July 10, 2017
  10. Baking with Soul #

    How awesome is that cutting board! Love it!

    July 10, 2017
  11. Bananas and chocolate yummy that is a beautiful cake.

    July 11, 2017
  12. Banana bread with chocolate, if I bake this and I am very tempted I would eat most of it. It looks delicious.

    July 11, 2017
    • That is exactly why I wrap it well and put it in the freezer. Thanks so much Gerlinde!!

      July 11, 2017
  13. Wow this looks so amazing. Thanks for the share Suzanne πŸ’•

    July 12, 2017
  14. I’ve wanted a good recipe for banana marbled bread for ages. Yours looks excellent and I’m bookmarking it for when I have the moment to make it! xx

    July 12, 2017
  15. I love banana bread!

    July 12, 2017
  16. What a great recipe Suzanne– I know banana bread is a staple we all make over and over (thanks to over ripe bananas!) And it’s nice to have some variations like this that look so luscious! And I totally agree on making 3 smaller loaves– to freeze or share. thanks bunches for this one… Hope all’s well on your end of the country. hugs hugs.

    July 12, 2017
  17. I definitely got to remind myself to grab some bananas when I see them, this banana bread looks too good!

    July 13, 2017
  18. Banana bread and marbled…you stole my heart! πŸ˜‰

    July 13, 2017
  19. LOVE THIS SUZANNE! Gorgeous!

    July 14, 2017
  20. Banana bread and chocolate – awesome!

    July 14, 2017
  21. So delicious ,thank you for sharing!

    July 15, 2017
  22. I STILL haven’t made your banana bread recipe – I’ve been meaning to. But this chocolate swirl has to be the best rendition, yet!!


    July 19, 2017
  23. Oh goodness this sounds – and looks – incredible!

    July 22, 2017
  24. A amazing combination of flavours with banana and chocolate. And too the cake looks very moist. Beautiful share Suzanne.

    July 29, 2017
  25. Yes, please…yum, coffee with cream and sugar too!

    July 30, 2017
  26. foreverchocolate #

    Are you kidding, this is two of my favorite things combined, love it!

    August 5, 2017
  27. bloggerfromthebronx #

    Delicious πŸ˜‹

    September 22, 2017
  28. Avneet Kaur #

    This seems delicious.. I’ll definately try this❀

    September 25, 2017
    • It’s delicious and is now my favorite recipe for banana bread. Thank you so much!

      September 26, 2017
  29. Absolutely nice recipe, very good banana chocolate bread, thanks :))

    November 13, 2017

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