Chocolate Ribbon Banana Loaf Recipe

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Chocolate Ribbon Banana Loaf Recipe
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Chocolate Ribbon Banana Loaf Recipe

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This bread is a combination of three of my favorite foods: bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter. I try to make other quick breads but this one is always requested. —Sharon Giljum, San Diego, California
Featured In: Fall Breads
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/3 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Directions

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the bananas, yogurt and vanilla. Combine the flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture just until moistened. Fold in peanut butter chips.
Remove 1 cup batter to a small bowl; stir in chocolate until well blended. Pour half of the remaining plain batter into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray; top with half of the chocolate batter. Repeat layers. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).
Originally published as Chocolate Ribbon Banana Loaf in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 272 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/3 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the bananas, yogurt and vanilla. Combine the flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture just until moistened. Fold in peanut butter chips.
  2. Remove 1 cup batter to a small bowl; stir in chocolate until well blended. Pour half of the remaining plain batter into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray; top with half of the chocolate batter. Repeat layers. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
  3. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).
Originally published as Chocolate Ribbon Banana Loaf in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p29

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grady2316 User ID: 5420936 95156
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"The center of this just would not bake through, despite keeping it in the oven about 10 minutes longer than recommended. Also, I think this recipe has lots of sugar, and I question how that makes it a "healthy" option?"

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 103969
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2010

"I made this recipe and shared it at work as well. It didn't last that long. A sure sign that it was a big hit. I did like the taste, but found that I couldn't taste the peanut butter chips all that much. As I have a co-worker with a nut allergy(he was on holiday), next time I might try leaving them out or using butterscotch chips."

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Schipperke22 User ID: 4923098 142989
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"I made this recipe and shared it with co-workers. They loved it and I directed them to the Taste Of Home website."

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ShepMc User ID: 4427011 103968
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"This is fabulous. My kids are disappointed if I make my old banana bread now."

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