Chocolate Banana Bread with Cinnamon Butter

August 24, 2012

Chocolate Banana Bread

I was in a totally grey mood the other night thanks to my iTunes. A long scroll through my playlists and I landed on one that I haven’t looked at, much less played, in years. Lets just call it the playlist of my youth. It took me back to about 10 years ago to a time, when we were only ever truly alive from midnight every Friday and Saturday night, and we didn’t really give a damn about how much we drank and smoked or when we woke up. A time, when we felt like we were invincible. 

There were songs that reminded me of the random strangers that I met who then became my best friends for the night. And songs that we would dance euphorically to until dawn. We were having a damn good time in our early-20s and it was like we had forever before we had to grow up. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in my early 30s and doing the happy domestic family thing with The Captain and my dog.

But sometimes, I wished I was 22 again.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Because it’s Friday, here is an oldie-but-goodie Chocolate Banana Bread recipe that I use to bake back in the day; usually on a Sunday evening after I peeled myself off my bed and in desperate need of a sugar hit. It’s so easy that it’s doable even when you’re at your seediest. At least this is one thing out of my youth I can revisit over and over again for many years to come.

Unlike my dancing shoes.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread with Cinnamon Butter
Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 195g plain flour, sifted
  2. 1 tsp bicarb soda
  3. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  7. 120ml canola, olive or vegetable oil
  8. 190g light brown sugar
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1.5 cups of banana mash (about 3-4 small bananas)
  12. 100g dark chocolate, melted
For the Cinnamon Butter
  1. 125g salted butter, softened
  2. 2-3 Tbl of light brown sugar, firmly packed (or to taste)
  3. 2 tsps ground cinnamon (or to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and grease a large loaf tin (mine was about 22 x 13 x 8cm).
  2. Sift the flour, bicarb, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl and set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract for a couple of minutes until well blended.
  4. With a wooden spoon, stir through the banana mash then add the sifted flour mixture and gently stir until just combined (do not over mix). Divide the batter into two portions then add the melted chocolate into one portion and stir to combine.
  5. Add random dollops of each batter into the tin then grab a skewer and start swirling. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the bread has risen and a skewer comes out clean. Ovens and tins can vary in each household so if the top is browning too quickly, loosely cover with foil and continue baking until done.
  6. Cool on wire rack then remove bread from tin. Can be served plain at room temperature but for something extra special, warm up a slice of bread in the oven until toasty then spread with some cinnamon butter.
  7. Bread can be frozen or kept for a few days if well-wrapped or in an airtight container.
For the Cinnamon Butter
  1. Using a mixer, a wooden spoon or food processor, whiz all the ingredients up until combined and fluffy. Tip out butter onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll it up into a sausage shape. Twist the ends to secure and refrigerate until firm. Slice and serve with warm or toasted banana bread. Alternatively you could just serve the butter in a bowl.
  1. Bread recipe adapted from Joy of Baking. Can you tell I like my bread and butter?
Citrus and Candy

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathy October 21, 2012 at 01:18

could you give ingredients in cups {flour,chocolate} ect???love to try


Citrus and Candy October 21, 2012 at 01:43

Please check out this website to convert ingredients. Thanks.


LW October 19, 2012 at 18:42

As I am typing this, my tummy is digesting this delish banana bread! It definitely lean towards bread like in texture and that’s why butter will go so well with it! Thanks for the recipe :)


Aneta October 18, 2012 at 02:26

Thanks for this recipe. I have never eaten so delicious banana bread before! This is awsome. I just made it and I’m totally in love with it :)


Jessie August 31, 2012 at 05:19

Love your photos. And recipe. This looks great, can’t wait to make it!


Fiona August 30, 2012 at 19:59

I just made this…easy and delicious!!


Citrus and Candy August 30, 2012 at 20:05

Oh brilliant! So happy you enjoyed it. Thank you! :D


Tina @ bitemeshowme August 27, 2012 at 09:54

This looks amazing! Love the chocolate and banana combination, it’s so hard to go wrong by. And I want spoon fulls of that cinnamon butter. Looks like whipped butter and whipped butter is to die for!


caitlin August 27, 2012 at 01:06

i loved your story….just discovered your blog last night as i was perusing another. looking forward to trying a few new recipes from you!
best wishes!!


Andy August 26, 2012 at 13:39

Bananas AND chocolate?! The ultimate combination :)


Thom M August 26, 2012 at 10:33

Hi Karen,

I’ve had your blog in my RSS reader for maybe 2 years now and really enjoy all your posts, but this is the first time I’ve actually tried one of your recipes (mostly because if you could do it seedy, I thought I might be able to do it in a normal state!). Holy crap — I shouldn’t have waited this long. It turned out beautifully (although I wish the bananas I had had been a bit more ripe).

Thanks for the recipe — now to go back and try some others…


Citrus and Candy August 26, 2012 at 15:01

Oh wow thank you! So happy that you enjoyed it and thanks for letting me know :D


Miss T August 25, 2012 at 05:18

I too have been reminiscing recently with old songs. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ted Nugent…. hilarious. What songs where you listening too? Bread looks RIDONK.
T x


Citrus and Candy September 5, 2012 at 02:00

Hi Miss T, hehe it was actually trashy handbag dance music and club tracks that got me all nostalgic. A far cry from the stuff I usually listen to (classic rock, 80s etc) but they were awesome to dance to when we were young!


thecitygourmand August 24, 2012 at 21:04

Looks delicious, i like that marbling effect that you’ve got going there :)


leaf (the indolent cook) August 24, 2012 at 16:12

I never did extreme partying back in the day, though certainly still danced the night away more often than I do in recent years. I’m happy to be mostly a homebody but I do definitely miss that “we had forever before we had to grow up” feeling. I wish I could hang on to my 20s a bit longer… but at least there is chocolate banana bread, and other things to take one back in time, somewhat.


Ashlae | Oh, Ladycakes August 24, 2012 at 13:21

I’ve only just recently been able to tolerate small amounts of gluten again, and I’ve been craving real deal banana bread ever since. Just tonight I was telling my boyfriend how bad I wanted to make chocolate banana bread – so, I think this is my cue. Breakfast tomorrow.. and maybe I’ll turn the leftovers into french toast?

PS – my iTunes puts me in an emo mood quite frequently. And anyone who says it doesn’t is a liar.


Spencer August 24, 2012 at 08:26

Another great recipe! I reckon that would be perfect for morning tea.


A Bowl Of Mush August 24, 2012 at 06:09

Wow this looks truly delicious!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 24, 2012 at 06:06

This is so unique! Love this idea!


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