Marbled Banana Bread

Since my little guy has developed a love for bananas, I am now buying them each week at the grocery store. Most of the time, we get to eating all of them but sometimes they’re just a little too brown for our liking so into the freezer they go until I can get some baking done!

February 23 is National Banana Bread Day so it was perfect timing to pull out some of those bananas and find a yummy recipe to try out! I found this Marbled Banana Bread from Bakerella and instantly, I was craving a slice.

IMG_8125At first, it seemed a little confusing but it is quite easy to assemble! Essentially, you make two separate batters then swirl them together in your loaf pan. When I was trying to get this baked up, I was dealing with a super whiny baby who was fighting his nap time with all his might so I made a little mess up (#momlife). I totally forgot to add in the chocolate chips to the batter…whoops! I couldn’t not have chocolate chips in my banana bread so I tossed them in and tried my hardest to swirl them into the batter without mixing too much then I just loaded ’em up on top….and it turned out just right!

Marbled Banana Bread


Ingredients:

1 + 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 medium, ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 + 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper overhanging sides of pan. Set aside.
  2. For the regular banana bread: Whisk together 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. For the chocolate banana bread: Whisk together (in a second medium bowl) the remaining 3/4 cup of the flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine mashed bananas, melted butter, sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Divide mixture in half, adding one of the halves to the regular banana bread and the other to the chocolate banana bread, stirring each until combined. Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to each batter and stir until combined.
  5. Place small spoonfuls of both batters into prepared loaf pan layering and alternating between each. Then gently make a couple of swirls in the batter with a knife without over mixing.
  6. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips on top and bake for 50-55 minutes. Let cool in pan before removing to cooling rack. Enjoy!

 

Recipe Source: Bakerella

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