Breads, Breakfast, Dessert, Quick Breads

Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread

I make a lot of banana bread.  My family members own two grocery stores and when there are over ripe bananas my mom brings them to me, which is quite often.  How do you improve upon delicious banana bread?  Add Chocolate!  I found this recipe on the internet and knew I had to give it a try. I made some changes and of course made a double batch because I had so many bananas. When I cut open a loaf I realized I need to work on my marbling skills!

2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
2 eggs
1 (6oz) vanilla yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

In a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed sugar and butter until well blended. Add banana, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist.

Place chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup batter to chocolate, stirring until well combined. Spoon plain batter alternately with chocolate batter into a loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Swirl batters together using a knife.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.  I use three small loaf pans and bake 35-40 minutes.

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