Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread

June 22, 2022

Bread

By: Jasmine Briones 

sliced marbled chocolate banana bread on a white plate

Bring your banana bread to the next level with a decadent swirl of chocolate! This marbled chocolate banana bread is soft, moist, perfectly sweet, and easy to make. Plus, it’s vegan and free of both dairy and eggs.

ingredients for marbled chocolate banana bread

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Ripe bananas: The riper the bananas, the sweeter the pancakes, and the better the banana flavor. We wait until our bananas are spotty for this. If your bananas are not spotty, that is fine if they are not green/too tough to open.
  • Sugar: We have tested this recipe with both granulated sugar, brown sugar, and coconut sugar, and all worked well. We used 3/4 cup sugar for the banana bread because we like it on the less sweet side, but if you want it to be sweeter, you can add 1/4 cup of additional sugar.
  • Melted coconut oil: Melted butter should work in place of coconut oil if you do not have it. We have not tested it but based on our experience; it should work fine!
  • Apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice): As an acid, the vinegar reacts with the baking soda to lift the batter as it bakes.
  • Warm plant-based milk: We used almond milk, but you can use any unsweetened plant-based milk. Learn how to make almond milk here.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds an excellent depth of flavor to our loaf.
  • Flaxseed meal (or chia seeds): Makes for the perfect binder and egg substitute.
  • Unbleached all-purpose flour: We use all-purpose flour for this recipe. We haven’t tested this recipe with gluten-free or whole wheat flour.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: Chemical leavening agents that cause batters to rise when baked. Be sure not to mix up the two!
  • Salt: Not only does salt add flavor, but it also tightens the gluten strands that are formed, making them stronger.
  • Vegan dark chocolate: You can use dark chocolate chips or chop up your favorite chocolate bar
  • Optional Add-Ins: Take this bread to the next level by adding nuts such as walnuts, pecans, and/or dairy-free chocolate chips!
sliced marbled chocolate banana bread on a white plate

How To Perfectly Marble Your Bread

  1. Mix half the batter (about 500g) with the melted chocolate. Fold until uniform.
  2. Alternating between the chocolate and plain batter, spoon the batter into the prepared pan using an ice cream scoop or ¼ cup measuring cup.
  3. Bang the pan on the counter a few times to help the batter settle into any air pockets. Then use a butter knife or toothpick to swirl the batter together. Less is more! A couple of swirls should be enough.
  4. Bang the pan against the counter again to level out the batter.
sliced marbled chocolate banana bread on a white plate

How To Serve This Marbled Banana Bread

It’s good enough to slice and eat as is! But if you want to take it to the next level, here are a few of our favorite toppings.

  • Slather it with your favorite but or seed butter (we prefer peanut butter)
  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin spice
  • Top with fresh fruit, such as berries or sliced bananas
  • Top it with dried fruit, such as raisins

Equipment

a slice of marbled chocolate banana bread on a white plate

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sliced marbled chocolate banana bread on a white plate

Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Bring your banana bread to the next level with a decadent swirl of chocolate! This marbled chocolate banana bread is soft, moist, perfectly sweet, and easy to make. Plus, it’s vegan and free of both dairy and eggs. 


Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups (331g) mashed banana (about 2 1/2 large)
  • 3/4 cup (164g) sugar * (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup (105g) melted coconut oil *(see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 1/3 cup (78g) warm plant-based milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon (1g) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (16g) flaxseed meal (or chia seeds)

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups (280g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (3g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (4g) sea salt

Other

  • Heaping ⅓ cup (70g) vegan dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup (85g) walnut halves, chopped (optional) 

Equipment


Instructions

  1. Line an 8×4-inch bread pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Add all the wet ingredients to a large bowl and mix until uniform. Set aside for 5 minutes so that the flaxseed meal can thicken.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave at 30-second intervals. Set aside.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and fold until just combined. Be careful not to overmix! If using, fold in the walnuts or add-ins of choice. 
  5. Add half the batter (about 500g) to the melted chocolate. Fold until uniform.
  6. Alternating between the chocolate and plain batter, spoon the batter into the prepared pan using an ice cream scoop or ¼ cup measuring cup.
  7. Bang the pan on the counter a few times to help the batter settle into any air pockets. Then use a toothpick or butter knife to swirl the batter together. Less is more! A couple of swirls should be enough.
  8. Bang the pan against the counter again to level out the batter. Bake for 55-60 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick runs clean.
  9. Remove the banana bread from the oven. After 15 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. 

Notes

  • For a subtler chocolate flavor, substitute ¼ cup (20 g) of cocoa powder for the melted chocolate.
  • We do not currently have recommendations for gluten-free alternatives.
  • We tested this recipe with granulated sugar, brown sugar, and coconut sugar, and all worked well. 
  • We used 3/4 cup sugar for the banana bread because we like it on the less sweet side, but if you want it to be sweeter, you can add 1/4 cup of additional sugar.
  • The plant-based milk must be warm, so the coconut oil does not solidify/get chunky. 
  • Melted butter should work in place of coconut oil. We have not tested it but based on our experience; it should work fine!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Snack, Dessert
  • Method: Oven

Keywords: banana, bread, snack, dessert, marbled, breakfast, baked goods

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