Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne wrapped in paper

Ever since I started this blog in November I have been trying to figure out what my food philosophy is.  I feel like every great food blogger or personality has some sort of philosophy and direction.  I know I have one too. It is just a matter of figuring out what specifically I am passionate about and exploring it.

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread loaf on left side photo, a slice of bread buttered with a knife on right side

And I think I am getting close.  I sort of have this thing for old recipes and classic food.  There is something about those dishes that everyone’s grandma made them that brings comfort and nostalgia.  But I have a hard time sticking to those classic recipes.  I always have to put some kind of spin on them to make a classic more modern.  So I’m thinking this is what gets me the most passionate.  Classic recipes with a twist!

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne loaf on a wooden board

And I have one for you today!  I took a good old classic Banana Bread recipe and put a spin on it up by making the bread dark chocolate and giving it a kick of cayenne.  The cayenne doesn’t hit you at first, but it kicks in a bit later and makes you think “Hmmm. What is that? My taste buds are dancing!” Does anyone else besides me get that imagery when they taste a little heat?  That your taste buds are dancing around in your mouth….?  Anyone…? No? Ok…

A slice of Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne with butter and a cup of coffee

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne loaf with a cup of coffee

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne loaf wrapped in paper

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne



  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 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. Butter and lightly flour a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne. 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. Add the 1 cup of chocolate chips and mix into the batter. Do not over mix. Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Top the batter 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.
  3. Allow to cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0