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Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread Recipe

By Kelsey Banfield

Banana bread is one of the most beloved snack foods in our house. Both of my kids eat it with gusto, and it assures no bananas ever go to waste in our house. Sometimes I tweak the recipe this way or that - it isn’t about reinventing the wheel entirely but more about adding a dash of new flavor, a new spice, or maybe some chopped up candied ginger. Recently I added in a swirl of melted chocolate chips and it was oh so good! Here is your new favorite chocolate banana snack for all to enjoy.

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (I mash them in a bowl with a fork)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a standard 9×5 loaf pan.

2. Mix together butter and sugar until fully combined. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mix well. Add mashed bananas, mix again until completely combined.

3. In a separate bowl mix flour, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and chocolate chips. Stir this mixture a few times and make sure the chips are fully coated with flour.

4. Working slowly, stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Keep stirring until all flour is fully incorporated. The batter may still be a little lumpy from the bananas, which is normal.

5. Microwave the chocolate chips in a bowl until melted and smooth. Stir in one cup of the batter and mix until incorporated with the chocolate.

6. Pour plain batter into the loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Then drizzle the chocolate batter on top and use a knife to swirl the chocolate into the plain batter just a few times. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until top is golden and a cake tester comes out clean.

7. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, carefully remove it from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack before serving.