Thursday, December 6, 2012

Chocolate Swirled Banana Bread

This is a fantastic banana bread recipe! I LOVE the texture, and the chocolate swirl gives it just the right amount of added flavor! The second time I made this, I had two layers of banana and two layers of chocolate, with chocolate being the top layer, and I prefer it that way- it makes a delicious top crust!

2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3-4 medium bananas)
2 eggs
1/3 cup yogurt or sour cream
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups and level. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside. Cream sugar and butter. Add bananas, eggs, and yogurt, beating until just blended. Add flour mixture. Beat on low until just moistened.
2. Microwave chocolate chips in a medium bowl for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup batter to chocolate, stirring until well-combined. Coat an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan with cooking spray, then flour the pan. Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter (so you have stripes of plan and chocolate batter) into the pan. Swirl batter with a knife.
3. Bake at 350 for 60- 75 minutes or until the knife comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, and then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

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