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Marbled Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Marbled Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I was SO BUMMED that this chocolate banana bread collapsed. I promise it was delicious and that the only reason this is in the Attempts section is because the middle fell in on itself. I'm not entirely sure what I did wrong but I think it could be that I used too many bananas, or didn't mix them in well enough? I read that if you use too many bananas, the center will never fully bake. In this case I used 3 and a half bananas when the recipe said 3-4, but they still all sank to the middle of the loaf. 

I will definitely be trying this recipe again with only 2.5-3 bananas next time, because everything else about it was delicious!

I followed Bakerella's recipe.

What You'll Need

  • 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups ripe bananas, mashed (about 3-4 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup butter, mostly melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels

Oven Temperature: 350 degrees
Cook Time: 50-55 minutes


For the chocolate banana bread:

Whisk together 3/4 flour, 1/4 cocoa powder, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. 



For the regular banana bread:

Whisk together 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.



In a third bowl mash together the bananas.


Now take the mashed bananas, melted butter, sour cream, eggs and vanilla and mix them together. Divide up the mixture into 2 separate bowls.


In one bowl add in the chocolate banana bread mixture and in the other add in the regular banana bread mixture. Mix both bowls until combined. Then add in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips into each bowl.


Fold the chips in with spatulas. Now grab the bread loaf pan and coat it with parchment paper.


At a spoonful at a time, start dropping in the batters into the pan. Alternate between regular and chocolate like in the picture.


Once you're done take a knife and swirl it. Make sure not to overmix it though! We want to keep the cool marble effect and not blend everything together.

Take the last 1/2 of chocolate chips and sprinkle them across the top of the pan. Now bake for 50-55 minutes.


Look at that chocolate. Look at that shape. It looked glorious!

For a short time.


WHAT HAS HAPPENED. I left it out to cool and when I came back the middle had fallen right in on itself. Tears were shed.


The chocolate banana bread still tasted amazing, even the goop, so I definitely want to try this again soon. Hopefully next time it'll earn its place in the Baking section!


Tasty goop.

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