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!
Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 1-½ cups mashed banana
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add banana, eggs and sour cream. Beat until blended. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed just until moist.
- Place chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup batter to chocolate and stir until well combined. Spray an 8 ½ x 4 ½-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Alternate chocolate and regular batter by spooning into loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.