Banana bread with chocolate swirl

Easy Marbled Banana Bread with a Chocolate Swirl

The impressive chocolate swirl in this banana bread is the perfect extra touch for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast or dessert. It may look complicated but it’s really not. Hands down this is the best banana bread recipe we’ve come across. I don’t remember which family member passed it along, but it’s one of those hand-written recipe cards stained from use in the Byrd Mill recipe box.

It’s moist, flavorful and there’s never any left over. This banana bread is easily our family’s favorite way to use bananas once their skins have turned brown. Plus, you can feel great about serving it to your sweethearts because with the bananas and cocoa powder, the ingredients are considered heart healthy. For a special treat any time of the year, try this eye-catching banana bread. Everybody will be impressed, including you!


Byrd Mill Marbled Banana Bread with a Chocolate Swirl



3 average-sized bananas
2/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 egg
1/3 cup of milk
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup boiling water



Prepare boiling water and preheat the oven to 350-degrees.

Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl, then beat in the sugar, vanilla, oil, egg, and milk. Then use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to mix in the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk cocoa powder with ¼ cup of boiling water until chocolate is dissolved. Add 1 cup of the banana bread batter to the chocolate water and stir well.

Butter (or spray with a non stick vegetable spray) your 8 x 4 loaf pan. Then scoop alternate ½ cupfuls of chocolate and regular banana batter into the loaf pan. Once it’s all in the loaf pan, use a wooden skewer or butter knife to make big circles in batter for about 10 seconds. This is how you create that beautiful marbled look.

Bake for 55 minutes then remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely. Happily serve to family knowing this is considered a heart healthy treat!

Makes 1 loaf.

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