Dreamy Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This Dreamy Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is packed with bananas, oats, and chocolate. Hellooooo match made in heaven! This easy peasy recipe is sure to leave you wanting more.

Dreamy Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Does this post even need an intro?  Naw.  But if I had access to an oven right now I’d be baking another loaf of this warm, fluffy, chocolate-y banana bread as we speak.  It’s beyond decadent.  It’s also a phenomenal way to get your daily fix of chocolate.  I mean fiber!!!

and chocolate

Dreamy Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Dreamy Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This Dreamy Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is packed with bananas, oats, and chocolate. Hellooooo match made in heaven! This easy peasy recipe is sure to leave you wanting more.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Author Jenn Laughlin of Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F and whip up your flax egg, if using one.

  2. To make a flax egg, simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 3 tablespoons of water, whisk, and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. No need to time it, just pop it in the fridge until you're ready to add it to the mix.
  3. Next grab 5 tablespoons from a stick of butter and slice. Slicing is optional, but will help the butter melt faster and more evenly. Add the butter to a small saucepan on medium-low heat and whisk occasionally, keeping an eye on the pot to prevent burning. A few minutes later, once the butter fully melts, it will start to froth and bubble at the top. Keep whisking repeatedly at this point, as the butter takes on a caramel brown-sugar smell. You'll start to notice tiny brown flecks at the bottom of your pan. Whisking those little specks will give the butter a golden-brown hue and signal when it's time to remove the butter from heat. Pour into clean bowl to prevent further cooking and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  4. In the same pot you browned your butter in, add the banana, honey and coconut oil and applesauce, scraping up any leftover golden flakes of deliciousness into the banana for added flavor. Leave the burner on medium-low heat, sauteing the banana to further develops the sweetness and flavor. A few minutes is all you'll need. Once you're ready, pull from heat and add to a large mixing bowl to cool.
  5. Next, in a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients and whisk to distribute evenly.
  6. Add approximately half of your browned butter, lemon juice, and flax egg to the banana mixture and stir.
  7. Sift in your dry ingredients [sometimes the oats try to hang out in the sifter, just pour them in slowly if that happens] while stirring the two together with a fork until just moistened. Add your dark chocolate chips, fold into the batter, and pour into a 9x5 or 8x4 loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  8. That remaining brown butter? Pour/swirl it into the top of the loaf using a toothpick, then bake at 325 F for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

  9. Mine is typically done around 50 minutes but ovens are testy little appliances and times may vary just a tad.

Recipe Notes

You can purchase oats pre-ground into flour, but it's ridiculously easy to make your own by pulsing plain rolled oats in a food processor until they're fluffy and powdery. They're delicious sprinkled into baked goods and veggie burgers too!

tools to on hand

A 9×5-inch or 8×4-inch loaf pan and parchment paper. This gives the bread a wonderful golden crust — I highly suggest it!

special diets and swaps

An egg will easily work in place of flax egg, if needed.

Whole grain flour can sub for all-purpose and for those of you babystepping your way from white flour to whole grains, unbleached white wheat is a soft alternative to help you transition!

Looking for a GF banana bread? Simply use your favorite gluten-free all purpose blend!

No honey?  You can substitute pure maple syrup, agave nectar, or 1/4 cup of sugar. Those of you rocking a killer sweet tooth can add a little extra, I’ll look the other way! You can also sneak in some walnuts or pecans in addition to the chocolate chips for a nutty boost of protein.

As for the oats, you can purchase oats pre-ground into flour, but it’s ridiculously easy to make your own by pulsing plain rolled oats in a food processor until they’re fluffy and powdery.  They’re delicious sprinkled into baked goods and veggie burgers too!

I’ve made this bread with a zillion and one little add-ins and swaps and it’s so good any which way. You can even go nuts and spread peanut butter or nutella on a slice and satisfy a mondo sweet tooth!

Dreamy Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

so… how was it?

This chocolate chip banana bread is dah-reamy! Bananas, oats, and chocolate are really quite perfect for each other. I’m not sure who the third wheel would be in this scenario but they’d make one baller tricycle.

Pretend that made sense.  I’m super sleepy and a bit famished after writing this up so… someone make this bread and bring me a slice or three?

Gratzi!

Dreamy Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

If you get a chance to try this Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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Comments

  • Kristin

    Ok awesome! Thank you so much! :))

  • further proof that I heart your face off =) haha

  • The applesauce reduces the need for extra butter so, I’d say use butter as a subsitute? Canned pumpkin may also do the trick in place of the sauce! <3

  • Kristin

    what is a substitute for applesauce? 🙂

  • Mmm, the trifecta is right.
    I love that you were able to replace the sugar with honey and maple syrup. Not that I’m anti-sugar with the right kind and in the right place, but I’ve tried to do this type of swap in my baking to no avail. Further proof you’re a genius. Not that further proof was needed, mind you, and there’s no truth to the rumor that genius and insanity go hand in hand. 😉

  • You can shove this into my face ANY time 😉

  • Christine

    This looks delicious! I love banana bread and this recipe looks amazing! I think I just found what I will be doing with my Tuesday night.

  • Jenn, this looks SO delicious and tempting!! Not something that fits into my diet right now, but I’ll pin this for later. 🙂

  • You’ve gotta stop posting so many delicious looking banana bread recipes my bananas aren’t going bad fast enough (okay that’s a lie I just tend to eat them all…)

    I’d beg you to share but you’ve got chickpea to think of and I’m sure she needs the chocolate 🙂

  • I would do just about anything to have a slice of this in front me now. Lovely!

  • How ironic, Noel, as I just replied to your comment on my post about cyber tasting. And I clicked over to your post and see this amazing treat!! It looks so yummy 🙂

  • Oooh banana bread is my weakness. There is a neat little cheese shop/bakery near me (ok there are a LOT near me, I live in WI) that has little loaves of banana bread but I never thought about making it myself… until seeing this recipe…

  • Delicious! I started adding dark chocolate to all my baking now and it makes such a difference. If only Costco would start selling giant bags of it! Yum yum this banana bread looks scrumptious!

  • GET IN MY MOUTH!! (the bread, not you) seriously this looks AMAZING! i love how dense it looks… and moist (gross word, i know, sorry). mmm baby drooling over here!

  • That looks so delicious!! 🙂

  • Wow its looks delicious. I have a interesting for try it. I think it can make difference.

  • This sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to try it (pinned!) especially because flax eggs are involved- they are so much fun to make!

    xx Kait

  • I can’t even begin to explain my love for banana bread. I could eat it anytime, anywhere. This looks divine….and healthy! Loving it 🙂 I can’t wait to make it.

  • Well this just looks absolutely amazing. I love the ingredient list, too!
    Can’t wait to try it!

  • this looks amazing!!!

  • Super ripe – I love it! That’s the technical term, right? 🙂

  • You hit it out of the park with this one! I want to totally face plant into this one! Yum!

  • That looks unbelievable!

    anythingbetween

  • Dark chocolate should really just be in EVERYTHING! Oh nom nom

  • ah, that look so amazing. The only thing I like about fall is that it kind of inspires me to bake more. So yeah, I’ll definitely be making these. Great activity to get away from school work 🙂

  • With a thick smear of peanut butter.. yummm!!!!

  • Mmm I love banana bread, definitely need to try this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  • Ummm yeah, you did it again. Droooool.

  • Mmmmm, love choc chip banana bread. So decadent, so rich, but still not all that sinful… unless you’re like me and eat three slices at a go. 😉

  • No intro needed at ALL…just looking at those huge chocolate chips hooked me

  • I think I need some of this in my face right now. Yummmy!

  • Holly molly that’s some serious food porn! I feel like this banana bread should be the next on my to-bake list, right behind the cinnamon roll scones I stumbled over this morning.

  • Oh hello delicious!! This sounds heavenly!

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