Banana and Chocolate Bread

Here's the second of the banana recipes I tagged from Donna Hay. Frankly, I tried it because I wanted to see how chocolate and bananas turned out in a bread. And it works. Beautifully. It makes a lovely loaf with just the right amount of chocolate to tempt you chocoholics.

Banana and Chocolate Bread
From Donna Hay magazine, Issue 67

125 g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon mixed spice (I used pumpkin pie spice)
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 or 4)
1/4 cup golden syrup (I used Lyle's)
100 g dark chocolate, melted

cocoa for garnishing


Preheat oven to 325.
Grease and line a 3 by 12 by 3 loaf pan with parchment paper.

Place butter and sugar in an electric mixer bowl and beat 10 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and then the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix only until combined.
By hand, add the spice and the golden syrup. Mix well.
Divide the dough in half and add the chocolate to one half.
Place alternating spoonfuls of each mixture and swirl with a knife. Not too much or you won't be able to see the swirls.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely in the tin. Dust with cocoa to serve. (I didn't have any unfortunately, because I think it would be the perfect finishing touch.)


  1. Such a lovely banana bread!! Love the chocolate swirls.

  2. It looks delicious. I've never done the combination before but it works in a banana split so why not bread?!


  3. Barbara..:) I made loaves yesterday and Googled..after so many yrs of baking banana breads I wanted a switch..You are right choco-banana go well together I have made some..Will one day try yours and Donna's..
    I tried cinnamon swirl yesterday..

  4. I love Donna Hay and I adore chocolate and banana together, so this is a must try for me. The marbleizing makes it special!

  5. What a pretty loaf. Chocolate and bananas are perfect together.

  6. Delicious! look lovely!
    I mad yesterday a banana bundt cake ° you will see son!

  7. I love the mixed spice in here too! Lovely tasty & yummy looking! x

  8. Bananas and Chocolate, what's not to love? That pumpkin pie spice is quite a surprise. I bet it's yummy! I really need to get me a Donna Hay book, Barbara. I don't think I've ever seen a recipe of hers that wasn't intriguing. Thank you so much for sharing...

  9. Yum...like a chocolate dipped banana! :)

  10. A lovely banana bread, Barbara. Chocolate and banana go perfectly together.

  11. I'm most impressed by the swirling, Barbara. I've never attempted it, because I'm always afraid it will end up looking like a mess - but it's a beautiful effect!

  12. Beautiful and so tempting! I may have to make some very soon.

  13. Ok, I feel the urge to make banana bread coming on. You've twisted my arm daaahling!
    Hope you are having a great weekend.
    *kisses* H

  14. A delightful combination! Now I'm craving banana bread.



  15. Hi Barbara. Banana bread is my favorite and would love to try this with chocolate. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  16. I'm a fan of banana bread with chocolate chips, but never thought of adding a chocolate ribbon. Gorgeous!

  17. I fell in love with donna hay late.
    Well I discovered her later on, and I just love how simple most of her recipes are. Simple and full of as much flavor as possible.
    The swirls in this are the real eye-catcher.

  18. Cake looks perfectly moist and the chocolate-banana combination is one of my favorite.

  19. That's a beautiful loaf of banana bread, Barbara! I love the beautiful swirl of chocolate which is very tempting :)

    Still waiting for my blog to be unlocked by Blogger. Someone is out there trying to insert malicious codes into numerous blogs lately. Sad.

  20. i love that marble effect! banana and chocolate are a delicious duo and the texture of this bread looks amazing.

  21. This is the second recipe I stumble upon for chocolate and banana. My best friend sent me one and now I have yours too. I consider doing a contest and compare them to find a winner haha. Frankly yours looks better than my friend's but this is a secret!

  22. Oh, this one is speaking to me! Maybe I'll surprise the Minxes with it for a Valentine's breakfast? I love chocolate and banana together, which is kind of funny, because I'm not a chocolate person or a banana person. But together? They sing.



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