Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread Recipe

Do you have any overripe bananas hanging around the house? We usually do, so I like to make Banana Bread using our favorite Banana Bread Recipe. But sometimes, I like to change things up and try something new. My friend Kristi shared her mom’s Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread Recipe with me and told me I could share it with you.  I think you are going to enjoy it as much as my family did! We will be adding this recipe to our family cookbook!

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Banana bread is tasty…add in some marbled chocolate and you have yourself a pretty and tasty crowd pleaser. Due to the prettiness of the bread, this bread would be fun to serve to your guests for an upcoming shower or party!

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Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread Recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

  3. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute).

  4. Add banana, eggs, and yogurt; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist.

  5. Place chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly.

  6. Add 1 cup batter to chocolate, stirring until well combined.

  7. Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Swirl batters together using a knife.

  8. 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. Cool completely on wire rack.

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So go ahead and give this one a try! As always, I love to hear from those of you who give this a try! Let us know what you think! Will it be a recipe that you end up keeping in your cookbooks?

quick bread recipe

Need to find some other quick and easy bread and muffin recipes? In the mood for something else? Check out these past Idea Room recipes:

Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini Cake Recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Chocolate Bread

Blueberry Sourcream Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Kid Friendly Wheat Bread Recipe

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

marbled banana bread

Best Banana Bread Recipe

I don’t know what it is about bananas at my house but they either get eaten up so quickly that I have to snag one for myself before they disappear…or they sit untouched and we are forced to whip up a batch of banana bread.  Does that happen at your house too?


If so…then I want to share my favorite Banana Bread Recipe with you.  This recipe bakes up a perfect, moist loaf of banana bread.  And…I don’t have to force anyone to eat it up as it disappears quickly.


I like to use the extra long bread loaf pans from IKEA rather than the regular sized bread loaf pans.  The pans measure 4.5 inches by 12 inches in length.  The pans seem to allow the bread to bake evenly throughout the entire loaf, ensuring that the middle of the bread is able to cook fully without the outer layer becoming dry and burnt.


Banana Bread Recipe

1 3/4 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

2 tsps. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup mashed banana (2 to 3 medium ripe bananas)

1/3 cup shortening or butter

2 Tbsp. milk

2 eggs

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


1.  In a large mixer combine the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add mashed bananas.

2.  Mix in the butter (shortening) and the milk and beat together for about 2 minutes.

3.  Add in the eggs and the flour until well blended.  Stir in the nuts if adding them.

4.  Pour batter into a greased bread loaf pan (8 x 4 x 2 inches or the longer 4.5 by 12 inch pan).

5.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

6.  Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack and then remove from pan and finish cooling on the wire rack. 

*recipe from BHG



If you are not in the mood for Banana Bread and want to use up your ripe bananas in a different recipe, you might want to try another one of our family’s favorite cake recipes…This one is always a big hit…

Cinnamon Banana Cake



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