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Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is moist, fudgy, and loaded with three kinds of chocolate, making it a mouthwatering way to use up overripe bananas!

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread | FiveHeartHome.comIf you’re anything like me, you always have overripe bananas sitting on the counter, on a quest to discover their purpose in life. And let’s face it…baking them into plain ol’ banana bread can get kind of boring. I’ve always thought that chocolate and bananas pair beautifully, and this moist, fudgy bread is no exception. It’s quickly become my family’s favorite way to use up old bananas!

After all, who doesn’t love banana bread? And this is banana bread with chocolate. Three kinds of it, to be exact. Not only do you sift a bit of cocoa powder into your dry ingredients, but you also stir some melted baking chocolate into your batter and then add plenty of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips to take it completely over the top!

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The resulting banana bread is soft and moist and oh-so-chocolatey, delicious for breakfast or a snack. It’s perfectly tasty at room temperature, but it is amazing still-warm out of the oven with a pat of butter slathered on top.

You can definitely make this recipe with regular all-purpose flour, but I typically make it with whole wheat pastry flour to make me feel better about eating it for breakfast. πŸ˜‰ I love baking quick breads, muffins, pancakes, waffles, and such with whole wheat pastry flour because it is 100% whole wheat flour but has a lighter taste and texture than regular whole wheat flour. By using whole wheat pastry flour in a chocolate-infused recipe like this, I don’t think anyone would ever guess that it wasn’t made with regular white flour.

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One of the things I’ve learned about baking quick breads is that I almost always prefer the outcome when I divide my batter between mini loaf pans instead of baking a full-sized loaf. Full-sized loaves are great but, at least in my experience, it’s sometimes difficult to get the center to the desired level of doneness without overcooking the edges. The other bonus of baking smaller loaves? They’re done — and ready to slice into! — that much quicker. Multiple loaves also make sharing and gift-giving possible…if you can restrain yourself from eating them all first. πŸ˜‰

So the next time you have a couple of overripe bananas longing to be put to use, try this Triple Chocolate Banana Bread…you may not make any other banana bread ever again! πŸ˜‰

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Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

Yield: 3 mini loaves

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is moist, fudgy, and loaded with three kinds of chocolate, making it a mouthwatering way to use up overripe bananas!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour OR whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed (equaling approximately 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Lightly grease (or spray with cooking spray) three 5 3/4" x 3 1/4" x 2" mini loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter until smooth, and then beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in egg, vanilla, melted chocolate, mashed bananas, and sour cream until fully incorporated (batter may look curdled at this point...it will smooth out with addition of flour). Gently mix in dry ingredients and chocolate chips until just blended.
  3. Evenly divide batter between prepared pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool bread in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Instead of mini loaves, you may also bake bread in a full-sized loaf pan for 60 minutes or until bread tests done.

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This recipe was originally shared over on the Scarlet Threads blog. Scarlet Threads is an organization that partners with artisans in a small village in China to sell ethically-produced, boutique-quality, handmade goods, such as adorable aprons, jewelry, kids’ clothing items, and more! This affords the artisans the economic empowerment to provide for their families in an area where many children end up in orphanages because of poverty. I hope you’ll hop over to explore a bit, perusing some of the beautiful handmade items in the shop and learning about the talented seamstresses and artisans who created them. πŸ™‚

Scarlet Threads ~ handmade, boutique-quality items providing economic empowerment to artisans in impoverished villages around the world

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  1. This looks REALLY good – I don’t care for chocolate chips in regular banana bread too much, but this chocolatey banana bread looks great. Thank you for sharing. Gentle Joy

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Joy! You can absolutely leave the chocolate chips out of this banana bread…it’s still plenty chocolatey without them. πŸ˜‰

  2. This looks amazing! Will be sure to check out your other baked goods – Found you from the link party – thanks for sharing – Best, House of Bedlam

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Elaine! I’m glad you stopped by and I hope you find some other baked goodies to try out as well! πŸ™‚

  3. Chocolate and banana bread is the best! This looks so moist and decadent. Can’t wait to try it. Found you on the Weekend Re-Treat Link Party.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hope you enjoy it, Rach! It definitely tastes decadent with all of that chocolate, but it includes some nutritious ingredients as well so you don’t have to feel completely guilty eating it. πŸ˜‰ So glad you hopped over to say hi!

  4. I actually just made this the other night and it was amazing! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, Hope to see you back next week!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! And thank you for hosting The Weekend Retreat each week…I always enjoy linking up with y’all! πŸ™‚

  5. This looks amazingly delicious and decadent. You can never go wrong pairing bananas and chocolate (especially this much chocolate haha)!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m totally with you, Rebecca…the more chocolate, the better! And the bananas are a nice touch in banana bread, too — ha! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you’re having a great weekend!

  6. Oh.. totally hoping over to check it out Samantha. I actually have 6 bananas sitting on my counter right now. I see this bread in the near future! YUM!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      With six bananas, Krista, you can make a triple recipe — ha! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, though, I hope your family enjoys this one. Thanks for hopping over, and have a great rest of the weekend!

  7. Pinned! This bread looks so moist and delicious, I wish I had a piece right now to go with my coffee!

    Love your blog, I found you over on Weekend Potluck πŸ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Jessica, for the kind words and the pin! I’m glad you stopped by, and I hope you have a chance to try this recipe soon to accompany your coffee. πŸ˜‰ Have a great week!

  8. Chocolate everything…it sounds wonderful. I just happen to have some bananas ready to be made into bread and I may just make this one. Thanks! Pinned! Nichole @Or So She Says

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