This is a very different banana bread recipe; it has chocolate chips, cocoa, and a touch of sour cream. Delicious!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 - 9x5 inch loaves
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar and eggs. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Sift in flour, baking soda and cocoa; mix well. Blend in sour cream and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

278 calories; protein 3.8g 8% DV; carbohydrates 40.8g 13% DV; fat 12.1g 19% DV; cholesterol 34.9mg 12% DV; sodium 224.3mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
Excellent! We've made this several times and have found that baking it in a bundt pan makes it extra pretty and you need use just one pan. We bake it for about 90 minutes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/14/2003
If I want banana bread I don't really want a chocolate taste with it. Too bad I didn't realize that before I spent the time to make this bread... Read More
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  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
Excellent! We've made this several times and have found that baking it in a bundt pan makes it extra pretty and you need use just one pan. We bake it for about 90 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2006
Fabulous! I had some sour cream and very ripe bananas to use up, so I tried this recipe. So glad I did! Both the banana and chocolate flavors came through. Modifications: 1) Used regular sour cream and mini chocolate chips because that's what I had on hand. With mini chocolate chips, chocolate flavor is more evenly distributed. Since my bananas were small, I used 7. 2) Whisked dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder) together in one bowl and created a hole in the middle. In another bowl, mixed the wet ingredients (margarine, white sugar, eggs, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract). Then poured the wet mixture and sour cream in the middle of the dry ingredients and mixed by hand until just incorporated. Finally, stirred in the chips. This method will prevent tough bread. 3) Instead of two big loaves, I made 8 mini loaves with the batter and baked them for 35 minutes. Less time and easier to share with friends. This tastes more like a loaf cake than traditional banana bread, so this will not replace my tried and true banana nut bread recipe. However, this will be a wonderful addition to my repertoire, especially when I want to impress guests with an unique homemade baked treat. *Update on 9/22/06: Made bread with regular semi-sweet chocolate chips and mini chips many time with great success. Today used white chips, and they dissolved into gooey, sticky mess that stuck to the bottom of the pans and left ugly holes throughout the loaves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
I've been meaning to rate this recipe for a while...let's just say that it's one of my FAVORITE things to bake. First of all, if you love chocolate, you need to try this. Second, if you want a spin on traditional banana bread, this is it! I personally did not find the chocolate overwhelming (you can definitely tell it's banana bread), in fact, I threw in extra chocolate chips! I also added some walnuts for texture. The recipe is simple, and quick to throw together...I did extend the baking time a little though. Try it...you won't regret it! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2003
This is wonderful! Definitely a 5 star bread! I made it for a school bake-sale....I am sure it will be a big hit. Warning: make sure you use a BIG mixing bowl....there is a LOT of batter! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
This was absolutley incredible! So moist and soft. I added a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp of salt to balance the flavors, but we will DEFINATELY make again when I have leftover bananas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2005
Just a tip for people who change the recipe -- you won't want to substitute baking powder for the soda (they work in TOTALLY different ways and react with ingredients differently). However, if you use brown sugar, you may want to add a half teaspoon more of the baking soda in order to balance out the extra acid in the brown sugar (brown sugar has molasses added, making it more acidic than white sugar). Just a tip! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
Very good! I halved the sugar and combined brown and white and still found it sweet enough in the end. It makes a great dessert and a naughty breakfast! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2012
I love bananas and chocolate combined, so I had to give this a try....it was so moist and so delicious - a really nice take on traditional banana bread! I cut the recipe in half and used half white sugar and half brown sugar. I added an extra banana, subbed non-fat plain yogurt for the sour cream, kept the cocoa powder at 1/4 cup and to enhance the chocolate flavor I added 1/2 tsp. of vanilla and 1/2 tsp. of salt. It smelled wonderful and tasted even better! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
if i were just making this for myself i would have added cocoa but i omitted it b/c i think most people prefer without (I LOVE chocolate!) i used brown sugar instead of white and dusted the bottom with brown sugar/cinnamon mixture before pouring in batter i don't have loaf pans so just used a 9 by 13 baking tray. I used a whole 16 oz container of fat free sour cream and used all other fat free products like egg beaters free promise:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/14/2003
If I want banana bread I don't really want a chocolate taste with it. Too bad I didn't realize that before I spent the time to make this bread... Read More
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