I have my oldest daughter to thank for this recipe. One day last week she came home from school and, as usual, started looking around for snacks. She noticed a few spotty bananas on the counter and told me in no uncertain terms that I should make chocolate banana bread. Who was I to argue with that kind of ironclad logic? So we grabbed some cocoa powder and chocolate chips and whipped up this tasty quick bread in time for dessert.
Browned butter generally makes baked goods better, so I started there. After heating a stick of butter on the stove until it gave off a delicious nutty aroma and turned golden brown, I let it cool and added sugar and three mashed bananas. The kids helped me mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, then stirred the dry and wet ingredients together. We poured in a cup of chocolate chips and stirred them in, and the loaf was ready to go in the oven.
A little under an hour later, with the house smelling divine, we had a moist, rich, chocolate and banana loaf that we ate warm because we couldn’t wait for it to cool all the way down. There are plenty of banana bread recipes out there, but if you’re looking for a chocolate treat that you can still tell yourself has fruit in it, this loaf is perfect. Just don’t leave the loaf out on your counter or your dog may try to put the whole thing in his mouth. Don’t ask me how I know.
- ½ cup butter (8 tablespoons) plus more for greasing pan
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan generously with butter.
- Place the butter In a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter is foaming, golden brown, and gives off a nutty aroma. Remove from the heat immediately so it doesn’t burn and let cool to room temperature.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, mash the bananas. Add in the cooled browned butter and sugar, then whisk in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Stir in the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until just combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then flip it upside down onto a plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.