Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

by | Jun 15, 2016 | All, Breakfast & Brunch

Who can resist the swirls of chocolate in this Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread recipe! 

Add a little sweetness to your morning routine with this easy Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread recipe. Don't forget to freeze an extra loaf for busy mornings!

Got a comfort food craving? This recipe for Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread is one that our family has used for years. We’ve tried others, but they just don’t stack up to this moist, tender loaf, even with the addition of some “healthier” ingredients, like whole wheat flour and plain yogurt. Of course, that irresistible chocolate-banana combo certainly doesn’t hurt, either!

I wish I could admit that I serve my kids a fresh-from-the-oven breakfast every day, but that’s far from the truth. Most days we’re slurping down cereal and oatmeal as we hustle out the door. But I usually make the effort at least a few times a month to bake this Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread. It combines two things that both my kids love – bananas and chocolate – so I know there will be no arguing about eating something for breakfast.

This recipe is easily doubled, and the extra loaf can be frozen for later use. I love having it in my back pocket on the days when I know getting my kids out of bed is going to require a little extra coercion. Would you call that bribery? Maybe, but having one less battle to face in the morning is totally worth it.

Tip: Need a good loaf pan? This one is my absolute favorite. Bakes evenly and always releases my loaf with ease!

Got a comfort food craving? This recipe for Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread hits the mark! Don't forget to freeze an extra loaf for busy mornings!

Yield: 10-12

Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread
Who can resist the swirls of chocolate in this Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread recipe! 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Turbinado sugar for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flours, soda, salt and cinnamon. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
  3. Place granulated and brown sugars and butter in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Add bananas, eggs, yogurt or sour cream and vanilla to bowl and mix together for another 30 seconds. Gently add flour mixture to banana mixture and stir together until just combined.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Add one cup of banana bread batter to the cooled chocolate and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Alternately spoon chocolate batter with plain banana batter in loaf pan. Gently swirl batters together using a knife. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar, if desired.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick poked in center of loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan. Continue cooling bread on wire rack.


1) You can always use 2 cups of all-purpose flour if you don’t have any whole wheat flour on hand.

2) The turbinado sugar on top is completely optional, but I love the slight crunch it gives the bread after baking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 217mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

Got a comfort food craving? This recipe for Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread hits the mark! Don't forget to freeze an extra loaf for busy mornings!

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    What a scrumptious banana recipe! I am always searching for recipes to use up those extra bananas that always live on the kitchen counter!

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      Thanks, Deb. I hope you enjoy it!

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    My boys would love this marble bread. Look so good. I am always on a lookout for a different banana bread, I am pinning this.

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      You can never have too many banana bread recipes. Enjoy!

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    There are ripe bananas just waiting to be used!!! And I usually need a daily chocolate fix. Just may be tomorrow evenings ‘project’!

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      Chocolate + Banana = one delicious “Project”! Thanks for stopping by, Cathy!

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    Pinned! I’m visiting from iambaker…saw a comment Amanda left about your Chocolate Marble Banana Bread, so I had to come find it. Looking forward to making it this week since I’ve got bananas to use up!

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      Hi Donna, welcome! We love Amanda, too; she’s one crazy-talented lady! Glad you found some inspiration here, too. Happy baking!

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    What is:
    1? cups all-purpose flour
    ? cup whole wheat flour
    ? cup plain yogurt or sour cream
    As listed in the recipe above?????

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      Ah, thanks for catching this. We recently made a change to our recipe card function, and some of the data went missing during the migration. We’ve been checking as many recipes as we can, but this one was missed. All fixed now!

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    Hi Anna, my first comment but certainly won’t be the last. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love making banana bread with my wife, and now have a fun twist we can add next time! I cannot wait to try this!

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      It’s a keeper, Dan. Glad you stopped by!


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