Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Banana Bread

I was browsing on Pinterest and found this wonderful recipe. It originally has raspberries but I didn't have any on hand - I had sweet delicious cherries.  I am so impressed with how it turned out!! The cherries are perfect in this bread -they really stand out. It is definitely a dessert bread - but I'm sure with some more tinkering, I can make it even better. Maybe add some ground flaxseed and remove the sugar completely. I already reduced the sugar to 1/2 a cup but I think next time I'm going to see how it is with just the sweetness of the fruit and chocolate. I also used whole wheat pastry flour, rather than all purpose flour. A bit more fiber and nutrients than the white stuff. Hands down - this is my favorite combo for a sweet bread. The bits of dark chocolate throughout the bread are amazing. If you choose to eat the bread warmed, the chocolate is slightly melted and heavenly. Trying this recipe gives me inspiration to start baking more, and I'm sure my husband won't be complaining. We thoroughly enjoyed our slices with some french pressed coffee after dinner - my husband had some vanilla bean ice cream with his. 

I used a stand mixer to combine everything together, but I'm sure a hand mixer will work just fine. Just make sure to combine the ingredients well in each step. I did let it cook for 55 minutes and found that the top browned too much, so next time I'm going to aim for 50 minutes and see how that does. I topped the bread batter with the leftover shavings of the dark chocolate, which gave it a nice look and taste.

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Banana Bread

Cook Time: 50-55 minutes
Prep Time: <15 minutes
Serves: 10


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 c whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 4 tbsp organic unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5oz 60% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 8oz rainer cherry, pitted and chopped (toss with 1 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour)

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a loaf pan with alittle coconut oil. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until well combined. Gradually add each egg, beating well. 

Then mix in the bananas, yogurt and vanilla. Beat the mixture well. 

Gradually mix in the flour mixture until it is combined. Then add the chocolate, mixing in lightly.

By hand, fold the cherries into the batter. 

Once the batter is well mixed, pour into the grease loaf pan and bake in the oven at 350F for 50-55 minutes. Check to see if it is baked completely by inserting a toothpick into the center. It should come out clean. 

Let the loaf pan cool for about 15 minutes before trying to remove the bread. 

Slice into 10 pieces and enjoy warmed or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Recipe Boy

Nutritional Info per slice:
Calories: 265; Fat: 8.5g ; Carbohydrate: 42g ; Fiber: 5g ; Sugar: 18g ; Protein: 5.5


  1. This looks really moist! Great combo of flavours.

    1. It really is moist! I think the yogurt helped a great deal.

  2. Yum yum - dark chocolate and cherries are great together :)

  3. ahhhhhhhhhhhMAZING! You're right, the cherries really stand out and look fantastic!

    1. Thanks, I'm glad they held up so well. They didn't bleed through either.

  4. This looks truly amazing! I would love a piece with a cup of coffee... Hope all is going well with the baby, which leads me to ask, Where did you find the time?

    1. The baby is doing great! He just turned a month old a couple days ago. It's crazy to think it's already been a month! I've been baking/cooking whenever there is down time - I've got to eat! Mostly making quick, easy foods. Plus it is a distress-or to be in kitchen. <3

  5. Gorgeous banana nut bread. I also have some ripe bananas waiting to be used... Hmmmmm... this recipe gives me ideas. :)

  6. This looks so great Laurie!! CANT WAIT TO TRY

  7. Dark chocolate, cherries, and bananas?! Oh YES!!

  8. Adore the cherries paired with chocolate and bananas! What a tempting dessert! But then again, I might just have to have a slice for breakfast!

  9. Oh wow! I could eat it for dessert and for breakfast. Love the combination of chocolate and cherries-so good! I have never added bananas too, thanks so much for sharing:)

  10. good posting about Dark Chocolate and Cherry Banana Bread

  11. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments!