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Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread


Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

This recipe is for a delicious and visually appealing Marble Banana Bread. It uniquely combines ripe bananas with cocoa powder to create a marbled effect. The recipe begins by creaming together butter and sugar, then incorporating beaten eggs, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract. Dry ingredients including all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder are mixed separately and then added to the wet mixture. The batter is divided in half, with cocoa powder stirred into one portion to create the chocolate layer. The two batters are alternately spooned into a greased 8×4 inch loaf pan and swirled together with a butter knife for a marbled effect. The bread is baked at 350°F for 50-60 minutes. After a brief cooling period in the pan and then on a wire rack, the bread is ready to be sliced and served. This recipe yields eight servings of a delightful, marbled banana bread, perfect for a snack or dessert.

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Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, finely mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray or butter.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in eggs, bananas, and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together salt, flour, and baking powder.
  4. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, stir until just combined.
  5. Divide batter into 2 bowls. Mix cocoa powder into one, stirring until combined.
  6. Spoon alternating spoonfuls of chocolate and plain batter into the prepared loaf pan until all is added. Drag a butter knife through the batter, swirling everything together.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 5-10 minutes, remove from the pan. Cool another 10 minutes before slicing, and cool completely before wrapping and storing. 


Makes 8 servings


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