For this loaf, I started out with my master quick bread recipe as a template. Then I added dark chocolate, ripe bananas, and spicy cayenne for a unique flavor combination! The chocolate gives it a rich, decadent flavor with a kick of cayenne at the end.
Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne wrapped in paper

OVERVIEW

I love customizable recipes! I took my favorite Fruit or Veg Quick Bread Master Recipe and by making a few additions and tweaks, I found exactly what I was looking for. A rich, chocolatey banana bread with a special kick of cayenne.

A slice of Spicy Chocolate Banana Bread slathered with butter by a cup of coffee

I was inspired by my Spicy Chocolate Cookie recipe. I wanted the same spicy chocolate flavor but wanted to add one more element that goes great with chocolate… banana! I encourage you to play around with customizable recipes. I bet you’ll come up with an amazing flavor combination.

This combination of cayenne and chocolate is also known as “Mexican Hot Chocolate”. I love the surprise hint of spice. You can find this flavor combination in hot chocolate, cookies, cakes, dark chocolate bars, and now loaf breads!

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne loaf on a wooden board


Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne loaf wrapped in paper
Yield: 1 loaf

Spicy Chocolate Banana Bread

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

This recipe is based off my master quick bread recipe. I added dark chocolate, ripe bananas, and spicy cayenne for a unique flavor combination.

Ingredients

  • 210 grams (1 ¾ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 20 grams (¼ cup) cocoa powder, natural or dutch processed
  • 200 grams (1 cup) dark brown sugar
  • 10 grams (1 tablespoon) baking powder
  • 2 grams (½ teaspoon) kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 85 grams (6 tablespoons, 90 milliliters) milk (skim, 1%, 2%, whole, or dairy-free), room temperature
  • 113 grams (½ cup, 120 milliliters) neutral-flavored oil (canola, vegetable, safflower, grapeseed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 480 grams (2 cups) mashed ripe banana (optional: plus 1 sliced banana for garnish)
  • 225 grams (1 ½ cups) dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

Prep:

  1. At least 30 minutes before baking, measure out the milk (85 grams, 6 tablespoons) and set it out with the eggs (2 large) to come to room temperature. Measure out the rest of the ingredients. 
  2. Position an oven rack to the center position. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. 
  3. Prep an 8.5 x 4.5-inch (22 x 11-cm) loaf pan with parchment paper or non-stick spray. 

To Make the Batter:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour (210 grams, 1 ¾ cup), cocoa powder (20 grams, ¼ cup), dark brown sugar (200 grams, 1 cup), baking powder (10 grams, 1 tablespoon), salt (2 grams, ½ teaspoon), cayenne powder (½ teaspoon), and ground cinnamon (1 teaspoon).
  2. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs (2 large), milk (85 grams, 1 tablespoons), oil (113 grams, ½ cup), vanilla extract (2 teaspoons), and mashed ripe banana (480 grams, 2 cups).
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl. 
  4. Stir with a spoon or silicone spatula until just combined. This should only take about 30-45 seconds of mixing. The batter will be pretty thick and lumpy. Do not over-mix or the bread will become tough. 
  5. Gently fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into your loaf tin. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips on top. Optional: garnish the top of the loaf with the sliced banana.
  7. Bake at 350°F/175°C for 60-70 minutes until lightly golden brown and the top springs back when gently pushed or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Check on your bake at about the halfway mark, and if it looks as though it is not baking evenly, rotate the pan. 
  8. Transfer the baked loaf out of the pan onto a cooling rack about 10 minutes after taking it out of the oven. Let it cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing. This will help the texture of the bread to solidify.
  9. Store uneaten bread covered in foil or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0