I created this recipe using my favorite parts of many different recipes. This bread isn't very sweet, so it's not for those who enjoy a sweeter bread. The chocolate throughout makes this a beautiful bread to entertain with.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 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). Grease a loaf pan.

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  • Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.

  • Whisk hot water and cocoa powder in a large bowl until smooth.

  • Combine mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in another large bowl; mix well. Fold in flour mixture until thoroughly combined.

  • Mix half of the banana mixture into the cocoa mixture until well combined.

  • Spoon banana mixture and cocoa mixture into the prepared pan, alternating between the two.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

It tastes wonderful with flavored Greek yogurt.

Use 3 bananas if your bananas are small.

Nutrition Facts

250 calories; protein 4.4g 9% DV; carbohydrates 33.1g 11% DV; fat 11.6g 18% DV; cholesterol 59.4mg 20% DV; sodium 272.7mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2017
YUM!! I've been using AllRecipes for over 15 years but this is the first review I've ever written. It seemed appropriate that it's also the first review for this recipe. I did make a few changes, based on what I had. (1) used sour cream (no Greek Yogurt) (2) added 1 tbsp sugar to cocoa/water mix (4) used 1 tsp vanilla, since that seems typical in baking recipes, thought the 1 tbsp. might have been typo. The flavors are more subtle/mild than most recipes. The banana and chocolate are not overpowering, which I prefer because this bread goes great with hot cocoa, hot tea, coffee or a glass of milk, without having strong competing flavors. As the poster mentions, it is not real sweet. So if you want a bold, sweet flavor, this may not be what you're looking for. But if you want a simple, wonderful complement to a relaxing cup of tea, this is perfect! I also really liked the texture; some recipes are too moist-they can be too dense, almost doughy; others can be dry; this is moist without being overly heavy. Thank you Chef V for sharing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/11/2020
Ugh... overall it felt greasy (buttery) and I hate to have my fingers and mouth coated with that slippery feeling. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2017
YUM!! I've been using AllRecipes for over 15 years but this is the first review I've ever written. It seemed appropriate that it's also the first review for this recipe. I did make a few changes, based on what I had. (1) used sour cream (no Greek Yogurt) (2) added 1 tbsp sugar to cocoa/water mix (4) used 1 tsp vanilla, since that seems typical in baking recipes, thought the 1 tbsp. might have been typo. The flavors are more subtle/mild than most recipes. The banana and chocolate are not overpowering, which I prefer because this bread goes great with hot cocoa, hot tea, coffee or a glass of milk, without having strong competing flavors. As the poster mentions, it is not real sweet. So if you want a bold, sweet flavor, this may not be what you're looking for. But if you want a simple, wonderful complement to a relaxing cup of tea, this is perfect! I also really liked the texture; some recipes are too moist-they can be too dense, almost doughy; others can be dry; this is moist without being overly heavy. Thank you Chef V for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2019
This was delicious! I replaced 1/2 the butter for an applesauce container, to save on some fat, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. This is definitely not a sweet bread, but it is very moist and dense, with a great banana flavor. My bread was done in about 45 min (I baked it in a stone loaf pan). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2019
Thank you for posting this recipe Chef V! I made the recipe without changing anything. I used the Fage 5% Greek Yogurt. With the layering there was almost a jellyroll-type design on the inside of the bread when it was cut. I was happy with the flavor and texture of the bread. I will make this again.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2019
Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread gets 5 stars in my book. I followed the recipe except used regular yogurt did not have any Greek yogurt. Also as a experiment added chocolate chips to the top center of the loaf (which had a tiny indentation) as soon as I removed the loaf from the oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2019
Great cake! Made 1.5x the recipe and baked in a 9x13 pan for 40 min. Added 1 tbsp white sugar to cocoa and water. Used 2 tsp of vanilla and split it between the cocoa mix and the liquids. Not a sweet cake which was wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2018
Sour cream is a good substitute for yogurt if you don't have it. Very moist and just chocolaty enough. Friends always want more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2017
Scrumptious! I didn't change the recipe at all but I did add some chopped walnuts and dark chocolate chips to the batter. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2020
Moist and just the right sweetness for me. Used 3 small and very ripe bananas and 0% fat Greek yogurt. Can increase the amount of sugar or add some choc chips if you prefer a sweeter bread. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2020
It is my new go to recipe. I love the lower sugar aspect. I added 1/4 c ground flax seed and a handful of walnuts. There now its a health food!. Next time i will add some dark chocolate chips in the chocolate part and maybe swap out some of the ap flour with oat flour. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/11/2020
Ugh... overall it felt greasy (buttery) and I hate to have my fingers and mouth coated with that slippery feeling. Read More
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