Chocolate and banana loaf

Another chocolate recipe for my quest to use chocolate more often in my baking, starting last week with my homemade chocolate syrup and continuing with chocolate and banana loaf.

a slice of chocolate and banana loaf with chocolate sauce drizzles over it

The absolute thing I love about this cake is the fact no one could tell it had banana in it. Now let me explain, I bake with banana’s a lot. At least once a week, they are my favourite fruit and I always have huge bunches in the house and I like to eat them when they are still a bit green. The minute they are all yellow I don’t like to eat them as they are, I don’t know why I just don’t. So I blend them or bake with them. I never tire of them but my partner does, he is not the world’s biggest banana cake fan (freak I know!) but unless I want a crane to lift me out of my house I need to bake things he will eat and I can give away to others.

chocolate and banana loaf slices

So I decided to be a bit sneaky, I only had a couple of overly ripe banana’s they were almost black and I was never going to eat them and for me they were too far gone for even a smoothie for my liking anyway. So I set out to make a cake that needed bananas but didn’t taste of bananas. As lets face it bananas lend such a natural sweetness to cake and helps keep it moist. And I had my self-imposed chocolate challenge to follow!

chocolate and banana loaf slice with chocolate sauce drizzled over it

So it was going to be a chocolate cake, I had a lovely bar of super dark chocolate in the cupboard and I always have cocoa powder in the house. I came up with the idea that if I used this chocolate which was 85% cocoa it would mask the flavour of almost anything, you don’t need to go that strong any good quality dark chocolate would work well but the 85% cocoa chocolate was really nice.

chocolate and banana loaf slice half eaten

When I served it to my partner I drizzled my homemade chocolate syrup over it for an extra chocolaty hit. As he sat eating it I held my breath, would he guess there was banana in it? No, he didn’t I let out the breath I was holding. I had managed to disguise the banana successfully.

chocolate and banana loaf in a tin

Now if you do want a stronger banana flavour use another banana, normally in any cake recipe that calls for bananas I add a minimum of 4 small or 3 large overly ripe bananas. You could do this with this recipe it would work wonderfully, this time I was trying to hide the flavour a bit.

a half eaten chocolate and banana loaf

All the sneakiness aside this is a wonderfully dark rich chocolate loaf that doesn’t need buttercream to tart it up. The chocolate syrup was more than enough or a little double (heavy) cream drizzled on top would make a perfect dessert or indulgent tea time treat. The bananas help keep it moist and the melted chocolate just tastes divine there really is no other word for it. And it’s simple to make apart from the chocolate that you need to melt, everything goes into just one bowl, and that equals less dishes to clean!

So if you have fussy kids or a pain in the *^&* partner this is a good way to sneak a little fruity goodness into their diet ;)

*Measurements in cups is a guide, this recipe was made using metric weight*


Chocolate and Banana Loaf

chocolate and banana loaf slice and chocolate syrup drizzle

By Emma Published: June 10, 2013

  • Yield: 1 loaf (1 pound) (8 slices Servings)
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Ready In: 1 hr 30 mins

A rich dark moist chocolate and banana loaf.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas mark 4. Grease or line your 1-pound loaf tin and put it to one side.
  2. Melt the chocolate either in a microwave on half power for 30 seconds at a time or in a double boiler, once melted put aside for the moment to cool slightly.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
    butter and sugar mix
  4. Add the eggs one at a time mixing in between each addition.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder and cocoa, melted chocolate and mashed banana.
    all the ingredients ready for mixing together
  6. And stir gently to bring it all together.
    everything mixed together
  7. Pour it into your prepared loaf tin and smooth the top out.
    batter in the tin ready for baking
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 50 to 55 minutes until its firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool in its tin for 10 minutes then transfer it to a cooling rack. Once fully cool, serve.
    a slice of chocolate and banana loaf

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12 Responses

  1. Kelly from Life made Sweeter

    What a great new way to sneak in extra bananas than the usual banana loaf. This sounds perfect since my dad is not a huge banana fan. The chocolate flavor sounds heavenly and love that it can stand alone without needing buttercream :)
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    • Hi Kelly, I am trying to cut down a bit on buttercream as I tend to put it everywhere so I really wanted to create a cake that didn’t need it. I’m sure it would be lovely if it was added to it but I wanted it without this time. It is a good sneaky way to get a little fruit into a diet ;) as the chocolate really masks the flavour.

  2. Pamela from Brooklyn Farm Girl

    This loaf looks amazing – I love the combination of the banana and chocolate. Plus I fall in the category of loving bananas but my husband doesn’t, so if I can be sneaky about it… I’m totally ok with that!
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    • I really don’t understand why someone would not like banana’s to me its weird as I love them so much! My fella doesn’t mind them but he wont eat them all the time like me so I have to get sneaky about it and this one was a winner, still to this day he hasn’t twigged ;) good luck with fooling your partner if you give it a go :)

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  4. Oh yes please. Chocolate and banana – a match made in heaven, though I’m one of those strange people who really do like to taste the bananas! L.x
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    • Hi Louise, I too love the taste of bananas, I use them in baking all the time. It’s just my fella is not really a fan and gets bored of them so I have to disguise them now and again!

  5. Cate from Chez CateyLou

    I am like your partner – not a huge banana fan! But I would eat this right up – it looks amazing!! Anything drizzled in chocolate sauce has got to be good, right?!
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    • Hi Cate, thanks for stopping by. You honestly can’t tell if there is banana in this its so subtle and well hidden and of course the chocolate sauce helps :)

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