This chocolate swirl banana bread has delicious ribbons of chocolate throughout this bread giving it a beautiful look with a tasty twist. This banana bread is perfect for any chocolate lover who wants a rich and moist banana chocolate loaf.
😋 Taste and features
- Extra moist because of greek yogurt
- Has the best of both worlds – chocolate and banana bread!
- Double the chocolate flavor with the addition of melted chocolate and mini chocolate chips
- Stunning to look at with a gorgeous chocolate swirl on top
🛒 Ingredient notes
- Unsalted Butter: While oil can provide a ton of moisture and lift, I love the flavor that butter adds to bread!
- Sugar: A combination of half brown sugar and white sugar to add sweetness to this bread.
- Eggs: 2 Eggs to bind, add moisture and create lift!
- Vanilla Extract: To add sweetness!
- Greek Yogurt: Provides additional moisture but you can also swap in sour cream to make it extra rich and moist.
- Heavy Cream: Used to melted with your chocolate chips!
- Mashed Bananas: 3 Ripe Bananas for moisture and clearly the star ingredient!
- Flour: All Purpose Flour to add structure to this bread.
- Baking Soda & Baking Powder: A combination of both to create lift!
- Chocolate Chips: To be melted for the chocolate swirl and to be added on top if the bread!
Before you start: Heat oven to 350F and prepare 9″ x 5″ inch pan by greasing it and adding parchment paper.
Step 1. Whip your room temperature butter, brown sugar and white sugar for 3 minutes on medium speed to incorporate air into the butter.
Step 2. Add mashed bananas, eggs, vanilla extract and greek yogurt into the whipped sugar-butter mixture.
Step 3. Slowly add in flour, baking soda, baking powder to the bowl.
Step 4. Melt chocolate and heavy cream in the microwave for a minute until it comes together.
Step 5. Take half of the banana batter and mix with the chocolate and heavy cream but save a bit for the top of the bread!
Step 6. On a greased bread pan with parchment paper, add in dollops of the plain banana bread mixture and chocolate banana mixture! Then take the final bit of the saved chocolate mixture and add to the top of the loaf to add a pretty swirl. You can take a toothpick or a chopstick to add in extra swirls on top.
Step 7. Bake for 35 minutes and wait for it to cool before cutting!
- Not enough bananas? Swap 1 mashed banana with 1/3 cup of apple sauce.
- No greek yogurt? Swap it with sour cream for an even more moist banana bars!
🧺 Storage tips
- Room Temperature: Store at room temperature in an an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- Fridge: Cool banana bread completely and then store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- Freezer: Cool bread completely and then place it in an airtight container or freezer safe bag and put in the freezer for up to 3 months. It will be good for up to 3 months but note the date of when it was baked on the container!
🙋 Frequently asked questions
How to mash bananas?
There are a few ways you can use to mash bananas but I wanted to give a few options!
- Food Processor or Electric Mixer: make sure you don’t end up purring the bananas though!
- 2 Forks
- Potato Masher
There are a few ways you can use to mash bananas but I wanted to give a few options! The fastest way would be to use a food processor or an electric mixer but you could also use a a potato masher if you have that on hand. Another method would be using 2 forks and pressing down on the bananas. Just make sure to use ripe bananas as it makes it much easier to mash!
Why do I have to cream my butter and sugar?
Creaming your butter and sugar aerates your butter and in turn gives your fluffier and less dense cookies. If you want to learn more about the science of this you can read this article.
How to quickly ripen bananas?
If you’re out of luck with ripe bananas you can bake them in the oven to quickly caramelize them! Simply place them on a sheet pan and bake them for 30 minutes at 300F, wait for them to cool completely and then mash them!
What type of chocolate should I use?
I used semi-sweet chocolate chips for this recipe but you can use any type of chocolate! I think dark chocolate would be a great counterbalance to the natural sweetness of the bananas.
🔎 Related recipes
Too many ripe bananas on your countertop? Use them up with these delicious and easy recipes!
Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread
- Electric Mixer
- 3 Medium Bananas (300 Grams)
- 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter (113 Grams / 1 Stick) (Room Temperature)
- 1 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour (180 Grams)
- 1/3 Cup Greek Yogurt (80 Grams)
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream (60 Grams)
- 1/2 Cup White Granulated Sugar (100 Grams)
- 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar (100 Grams)
- 3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips (120 Grams)
- 2 Eggs (Grade A Large)
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Salt
- Heat oven to 350F and grease and prepare a 9"x5" bread pan by greasing it and adding parchment paper.
- Whip room temperature butter, white sugar and brown sugar for 3 minutes on medium.
- Add mashed bananas, greek yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract into the butter-sugar mixture.
- Mix in flour, baking soda and salt into the mixture until fully combined. Take out a separate bowl and divide batter in half.
- Microwave chocolate chips and heavy cream for 1 minute in the microwave until combined.
- Add chocolate mixture (but save a little bit to add to the top of the bread) to one of the batter mixtures and combine.
- Add dollops of plain banana batter and chocolate banana batter on to the pan until covered. Take remaining chocolate mixture and add to the top and swirl with a fork or chopstick to a pretty touch!
- Bake for 35 minutes until done.