Banana Bread with a Bite

I don’t normally bake.  My mother and sister are excellent bakers so whatever I make, it is never as good as their version.  But I found this great banana bread recipe, and I had to try it. (Plus my mom and sister haven’t made it yet so mine is the best tasting one so far!)  I love the combination of chocolate and banana, and Matt loves dark chocolate so this banana bread is perfect for us.

The cayenne pepper adds a spicy after taste.  Matt kept saying that his tongue was tingly but in a good way.  This was definitely outside my p90x diet, so I could only have a small sample.  But it was still fun to make!  So here’s Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne.


  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (Hershey’s)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, browned and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed, plus 1 banana sliced for garnish
  • 1 cup plus 3/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the butter, eggs, and 3 smashed bananas.  Using a spatula, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until everything is wet.  Mix 1 cup of chocolate chips into the batter. Do not over mix.  Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  5. Top with the 3/4 cup of chocolate chips and the sliced bananas.  Bake on the middle rack for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (My mom taught me that trick)
  6. Allow to cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Source: Baker Bettie


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