Chocolate and Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Chocolate and Brown Sugar Banana BreadChocolate and Brown Sugar Banana Bread

“I am nothing but I must be everything.” – Karl Marx

Busy. That’s how I would describe my current situation. I’m in the midst of balancing life, work, leisure and study. Though the finish line is insight… exams are nearly over! And amongst all the present chaos, I started to crave a slice of home-ly banana bread. So I took the morning off the other day and made my favourite rendition.

Chocolate and Brown Sugar Banana Bread

I know there are a million recipes for banana bread out there, all of them claiming to be the best. Is there such a thing as a bad banana bread recipe? I’ve tried my hand at many over the years, from the healthy & whole-flour type to sugary loaves that are really just cakes in disguise…and I’m yet to discover one.

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But the one recipe that has stood the test of time is this, a staple in our home. It’s filled with butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Dark chocolate, white flour and eggs. It is rich. It is decadent. It is delicious. And most importantly it’s filled with intense and sweet pockets of mushy banana. It never fails to disappoint. And it is the best. 

Chocolate and Brown Sugar Banana Bread

This recipe was originally not intended for the blog.  But I was so content with the outcome that I felt the need to share. I did not style it. I did not think about what props I needed to include, fill your eyes or fancy the photographs up with. The banana bread itself does all the delicious talking. I simply shot it straight off the kitchen counter-top as soon as it arrived out the oven.  

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If you’ve been around this space long enough too – you’ll notice that I’m considerably short of photographs of finished banana bread photos for this post. And I’m sorry about that, but as I photographed away, I couldn’t resist but helping myself to the freshly baked, pillowy soft temptation of a few mouthfuls of warm banana bread, which later turned into thick slices. I’m sure you can all understand.

Chocolate and Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Chocolate and Brown Sugar Banana Bread is a twist on the traditional loaf. A basic banana bread recipe is elevated by the addition of dark chocolate which perfectly complements the sweet banana flavour. The banana bread is moist and flavourful on its own and is as comfortingly delicious as only a good home-baked loaf knows how. I like to serve it straight from the oven, whilst the chocolate is still melted and banana pockets are hot, or toasted with a pat of butter and generous slather of salted honey.

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Chocolate and Brown Sugar Banana Bread
 
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Adapted from Nigel Slater: The Kitchen Diaries II
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 large bananas
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 oz. / 115 g dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F / 180 C. Grease and line a 9 ½ x 5 x 3 inches / 24 x 12x 8 cm loaf pan with parchment paper. Then set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. In a separate medium sized bowl, mash the bananas to form a slightly lumpy paste then stir in the vanilla. Set both bowls aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with the beater attachment, or with an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light, fluffy and pale coffee in colour – roughly 4 to 5 minutes (depending on the temperature of your butter and weather this process can take up to 6 minutes).
  4. Whisk the eggs lightly together to combine, and then slowly add them into the butter and sugar mixture – introducing a spoonful of the sifted flour mixture if there are any apparent sides of curdling. Gently fold in the chopped chocolate, followed by the banana mixture. Finally fold in all of the sifted flour.
  5. Scrape the mixture into the lined loaf pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out moist, but clean. Leave in its pan to settle for 15 minutes, before loosening the sides and carefully lifting out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Chocolate and Brown Sugar Banana Bread

70 Comments

  • Reply Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen July 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Okay you are totally speaking my language right now. WOW. The title alone of this recipe is perfection. Making when my next banana bread craving strikes 🙂

  • Reply FoodGeekGraze July 3, 2015 at 2:17 am

    “filled with intense and sweet pockets of mushy banana” <— won my heart

  • Reply Cindy June 24, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Three of my fave ingredients here – love the recipe! THANK YOU!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef June 24, 2015 at 2:52 am

    I’ve never enjoyed chocolate in a banana bread but maybe that’s because I was missing the brown sugar?? This looks delicious.

  • Reply Fran @ G'day Souffle' June 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Oh, I just finished my exams in French literature and European history- I could use some of this banana bread for some comfort food!

  • Reply Josephine June 22, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Love banana bread. Definitely will try this version!

  • Reply Lauren @ Lauren Caris Cooks June 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Mmmmm delicious!! I love how carmelised this looks! I actually have some over-ripe bananas sitting around right now so I might have to whip up a banana loaf!

  • Reply Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary June 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I love your twist on the traditional clasic (and comforting) banana bread! I can imagine the addition of chocolate and brown sugar to be extraordinarily delicious! I hope you find balance among the choas that is your life! But until then, I’m sure you are finding an extreme amount of comfort in this bread! Looks amazingly delicious as always, Thalia! Cheers, my dear!

  • Reply Meagan @ The F&B Department June 19, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Good luck on your exams! I’m sure you’ve been stressed about them. Making (and of course eating) comfort food such as this beautiful banana bread is the best way to relax and overcome stress, I find. And when exams are over, you’ve got a perfect excuse for a celebratory cake!!!

  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood.com June 19, 2015 at 11:27 am

    yes i totally understand your lack of finished banana bread predicament… how could you say no to that fresh from the oven goodness?

  • Reply Sara June 19, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Banana bread is a favorite in my house too, I definitely want to try your version!

  • Reply Amanda Vuu June 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I literally just pinned 30+ items from you Pinterest account. I absolutely love your sense of style! I also have a little crush on banana breads at the moment; so simple yet delicious.

  • Reply Olivia @ olivia's cuisine June 18, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Banana and chocolate? Match made in heaven! I made banana bread yesterday but am totally craving yours.

  • Reply Sweet and Savoury Pursuits June 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    This looks great, and so comforting. Good luck with the rest of your exams!

  • Reply Trisha June 18, 2015 at 8:18 am

    OOo banana bread is one of my favourite cakes. It always feels wholesome in some way! Lovely photos as always!

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron June 18, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Busy totally describes my life right now, too 🙂 Looks like delicious banana bread!

  • Reply Claudia | Breakfast Drama Queen June 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Wow, this looks so good! I can never take pictures of the whole banana bread – I’m way too eager to eat that first slice!

  • Reply chrysta@noshed June 17, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    This recipe completely has me intrigued! And you are right their are dozens of recipes out their claiming to be the best but this one is top of my list. My family loves a good banana bread. Im so glad you shared this!!

  • Reply Lokness @ The Missing Lokness June 17, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I always have a weak spot for banana bread. Love that you used brown sugar and chocolate chips. So good for breakfast and quick snack. 😛

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou June 17, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    This is perfect Thalia! I love how you can see the chunks of banana in the bread: genius!

  • Reply katie June 17, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I love banana bread, and yours looks amazing! I’m glad you went ahead and photographed it, it looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  • Reply Michelle @ thelastfoodblog June 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    This bread looks so good! I’ve not made banana bread in ages, will def be trying this recipe next time 😉

  • Reply Marcie June 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    You sound very busy! I love baking when I’m busy or stressed — it’s like therapy — especially when the result is a homey, delicious bread like this. Good luck with your exams, Thalia!

  • Reply Shashi at RunninSrilankan June 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Banana bread is wonderful on it’s own – but you took it up a whole couple of notches with dark chocolate! This sounds delicious Thalia!

    • Reply Katie June 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      All your recipes look so awesome, can I ask you which camera do you use? Thanks

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways June 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    You’re a natural, Thalia. Bread this good does not require styling 🙂

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Reply Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health June 17, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Nothing is more comforting than a good piece of banana bread! This version sounds incredible. I bet the brown sugar caramelizes wonderfully with the banana. I hope it helps you through this stressful time! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah June 17, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I feel like everyone has their favorite family banana bread recipe. This might give mine a run for its money! Looks absolutely delicious 🙂

  • Reply Lauren @ Rustic Honey June 17, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I love banana bread and have a go-to recipe in our home as well. However, I’ve never tried one with brown sugar. You have my attention! Will definitely be giving this a try! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali June 16, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    looks perfect! love the addition of dark chocolate!

  • Reply The Vegan 8 June 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    What a beautiful loaf! I love the chocolate chunks in it too and of course I can imagine how yummy the brown sugar tastes in it! This is such a rich loaf, you are right!

  • Reply Kennedy Cole| KCole's Creative Corner June 16, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Mmm! I love banana bread. I love how you added the dark chocolate.

    I recently made a cooking and baking blog, too.
    http://kcolescreativecorner.com
    I would greatly appreciate it if you would check it out!
    Thanks so much!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean June 16, 2015 at 11:54 am

    No doubt a classic! But I am with you, Thalia. I can say I’ve never had a bad, homemade version of banana bread. In fact, a friend recently brought over a loaf; we shared it over tea and conversation. I devoured it. When I asked for her recipe, I learned it was made, in part, with shortening. SHORTENING! I do not use shortening in anything! But I loved it! Now, I can’t see myself actually making her recipe, but I can appreciate the bread… another delicious banana bread recipe. I’m not sure I’ll ever find the best. Does it matter. Banana bread is just good comfort food. But I will say I do like the idea of nomming on a bit of melted chocolate in my banana bread! Beautiful loaf, Thalia! Wishing you rest and relaxation after the exams are done!

  • Reply mira June 16, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Gorgeous bread, very original and creative recipe as always Thalia! Pinned!

  • Reply Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness June 16, 2015 at 3:51 am

    This looks so good! I can never get tired of banana bread 🙂

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with Christina June 15, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    What a lovely looking banana bread! I totally love the variation you made with the added chocolate and brown sugar – sounds so yummy!! 🙂

  • Reply Julie @ Cooks with Cocktails June 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    This bannana bread sure looks like the best! I love to put hot chocolate mix in my bannana bread but I’ve never tried it with chocolate chips. I have 4 ripe bananas in my freezer right now just waiting for a recipe such as this. Yum!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery June 15, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Good luck with finishing out exams, love! You’re a superstar. I can’t believe you keep up with the blog while doing all of your other things! And I’m so with you- I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad banana bread 🙂

  • Reply Sam @ SugarSpunRun June 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Love it, Thalia! It looks absolutely beautiful as-is, no props required. Chocolate and brown sugar banana bread… the name alone has me practically drooling 🙂

  • Reply Sue June 15, 2015 at 6:10 am

    banana bread recipes are my favourite and also a go to baking treats too. and your photos are the best be it with props or not!

  • Reply Anne June 15, 2015 at 2:22 am

    No styling? Really, Thalia… ;D
    This banana loaf looks absolutely delightful! Who can go wrong with baking chocolate and brown sugar into banana bread? Even though it’s nearly halfway into the night and I’m freaking tired, I might just go and bake this right now.
    On another note, how do you get your photos so crisp? What camera do you use for your photos? They’re always absolutely gorgeous, with or without styling! 😀

  • Reply June @ How to Philosophize with Cake June 15, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Yep, that is my kind of banana bread–rich and cakey and with chocolate chips!! Looks absolutely delightful 🙂

  • Reply Courtney | Fork to Belly June 15, 2015 at 1:31 am

    This looks so so so awesome, Thalia! Shouldn’t it be a rule to have little bites of banana in every banana bread recipe?? Banana bread for all!!

  • Reply Nichole June 15, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Comfort like this is what I crave during busy times as well! Hope things slow down soon!

  • Reply Katie | Spiced with Sky June 14, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Even without styling, your photographs are still stunning, and I could just devour that banana bread from my screen 😉 I am also swamped with exam studying and last minute essays, but baking this banana bread seems like the perfect excuse to procrastinate, even if just for 20 minutes.
    Thank you for the recipe, and good luck with your exams!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 14, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Love this! Simple and fancy all at once!

  • Reply lindsay June 14, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    baking is the best study break! and good luck with exams! YAY!

  • Reply Pang @ circahappy June 14, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I could eat the whole loaf of this banana bread all by myself; it looks so delicious 🙂
    And sometimes, no prop at all is good for ‘food’ photograph as shown here.

  • Reply Abby June 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    This banana bread looks & sounds incredible, Thalia! Chocolate and brown sugar… in banana bread?! YESS! <3

  • Reply Naina June 14, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Yum, that loaf looks so moist & beautiful! Love the little bits of chocolate in there 🙂 All the best for the rest of your exams!

  • Reply Cakespy June 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    So would this then be considered “creative loaf-ing”?

    I don’t need any exams or for them to be over to enjoy this beautiful loaf 🙂

  • Reply Lori @ The Kitchen Whisperer June 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Gorgeous! I love how you can see the chunks of bananas! Looks super yummy!

    Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Reply Noha @Matters of the Belly June 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Oh MY! I’m on a banana bread kick lately too, and i agree with you that most banana breads i’ve had were good…although this one looks and sounds EXCEPTIONALLY so 😉 will def be making this. I have a weakness for brown sugar!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout June 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I pinned this earlier and was so excited to see the rest of the photos! Stunning, love the use of dark chocolate 🙂

  • Reply Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. June 14, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Being busy isn’t always bad! It probably means you’re doing a lot of great things! I hope your exams will be over soon. I agree that there are many great recipes for banana bread out there. I always like to try new recipes, and yours is now on my list, too 🙂

  • Reply dr deb June 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Yum!

  • Reply Aimee @twiggstudios June 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

    It looks amazing thalia I love banana bread xxx

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext June 14, 2015 at 8:39 am

    This banana bread looks divine, Thalia! Love the addition of rich dark chocolate – so good.

  • Reply Hannah | The Swirling Spoon June 14, 2015 at 4:44 am

    I agree, there are so many good recipes for banana bread out there and it’s pretty difficult to stuff up! Chocolate is sooo yummy in banana bread and I love how you kept it so simple with your photos and recipe x

  • Reply Beeta @ Mon Petit Four June 14, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Thalia, your bread looks so moist and perfect! I don’t blame you for wanting to devour this straight away. Often times, minimal styling is best anyways, as your banana bread so beautifully shows. It’s so gorgeous on its own, nothing else is needed. I will definitely try this recipe out 🙂

  • Reply Becca June 14, 2015 at 3:12 am

    This is gorgeous! What an ode to your baking skills and photography skills to make a simple staple so elegant and scrumptious-looking. Love! The bananas rapidly ripening on my counter will definitely become this in a few days.

  • Reply Mary Ann @ the beach house kitchen June 14, 2015 at 2:46 am

    I haven’t made banana bread in a while Thalia. I don’t know why because it is really one of my favorites! The chocolate chunks are the perfect addition!

  • Reply George in Quito June 14, 2015 at 2:15 am

    I’ve been doing banana-nut bread quite often lately. Yours looks great! I have a slight advantage in that I have access to about 20 different kinds of bananas. The ones I’ve been using lately are maqueños. They’re huge. And very sweet. I’d thought of adding mini-chips to my recipe. Now I will. Thanx for posting this.

  • Reply Amanda June 14, 2015 at 12:27 am

    I am a banana bread fiend! I have to try this soon. It looks wonderful.

  • Reply Sarah from Soymilk + Honey June 14, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Love adding chocolate chips to banana bread! This looks delicious!

  • Reply Laura | Lau Sunday cooks June 14, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Some recipes simply don’t need props or fancy stuffs around them, and this is one of them! It looks soo delicious!! I almost can see you eating this cake through the photos Thalia! 😉

  • Reply Chris June 14, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I have a bunch of ripe banana’s all dressed up with nowhere to go…it’s a date! Can’t wait to make a loaf tomorrow. Thanks for the post.

  • Reply Mel @ The Refreshanista June 13, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    This banana bread looks delicious! Salted honey sounds amazing- do you just mix a sprinkle of salt with honey and spread it on?

    • Reply thalia June 14, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Honey with some flaky sea salt or fleur de sel sprinkled over the top x

  • Reply Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness June 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    YUM, chocolate chip banana bread is my all-time favorite go-to when I have a bunch of brown bananas sitting in my fruit basket. So delicious!!

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