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slices of raspberry dark chocolate banana bread on wood cutting board

Dark Chocolate Chip Raspberry Banana Bread

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

My reader-favorite recipe for the best banana bread gets *fancy* with the addition of dark chocolate chips and juicy raspberries. Enjoy a slice for a special breakfast treat or end your day on a high note with dark chocolate chip raspberry banana bread for dessert. A true anytime treat!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (80g) plain Greek yogurt or sour cream*
  • 2 cups (460g) mashed bananas (about 4 large ripe bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (135g) dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)
  • 1 cup (150g) halved raspberries, tossed in 1 Tablespoon (8g) all-purpose flour to prevent sinking*

Instructions

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower-third position and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Lowering the oven rack prevents the top of your bread from browning too much, too soon. Grease a metal 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then beat in the yogurt, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract until combined.
  4. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until no flour pockets remain. Do not over-mix. Fold in the chocolate chips and floured raspberries.
  5. Pour and spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 60–75 minutes, making sure to loosely cover the bread with aluminum foil halfway through to prevent the top from getting too brown. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with only a few small moist crumbs. This may be after 70 minutes depending on your oven, so begin checking every 5 minutes around the 60-minute mark.
  6. Remove banana bread from the oven and allow the bread to cool in the pan set on a wire rack for 1 hour. Remove bread from the pan and cool bread directly on the wire rack until ready to slice and serve.
  7. Cover and store banana bread at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Banana bread tastes best on day 2, after the flavors have settled together.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Freeze baked & cooled loaf for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. If desired, bring to room temperature before serving. To learn more details about how to freeze quick breads, see my post called Make-Ahead Baking.
  2. Special Tools (affiliate links): 9×5-inch Loaf Pan | Electric Mixer (Handheld or Stand Mixer) | Mixing Bowls | Silicone Spatula | Cooling Rack
  3. Butter: If needed, you can use salted butter in this recipe with no other changes needed. I’ve also successfully reduced the butter down to 6 Tablespoons (85g) with no issue (just as tasty).
  4. Sugar: Feel free to substitute the same amount of light or dark brown sugar or coconut sugar. I do not recommend any liquid sweeteners.
  5. Yogurt: You can use nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt, Greek or regular. You can also use sour cream, either full-fat or low-fat.
  6. Raspberries: I prefer using fresh raspberries in this recipe because frozen berries tint the banana bread pink, no matter how gently you fold them in. The bread also takes longer to bake when using frozen berries due to their added moisture.
  7. Muffins: Use this banana bread recipe to make 2 dozen dark chocolate raspberry banana muffins. Pour the batter into lined or greased muffin pans and bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C); then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 16–17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total bake time for the muffins is about 22–23 minutes. The initial burst of hot air helps those muffins rise nice and tall!
  8. Frozen Bananas: You can use frozen bananas here. Thaw the frozen bananas. Drain off any excess liquid, mash, then use as instructed in the recipe. See How to Freeze & Thaw Bananas for Baking
  9. Adapted from Recipe Boy

Keywords: dark chocolate raspberry banana bread