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Chocolate Banana Bread with Marshmallow Bits

Here is the recipe I teased you with last Sunday on Instagram! Another that I was just playing around with and wasn’t planning on sharing, but after one bite I knew I better take some photos. Too delicious not to share!


Wait until you see how perfectly fudgy and brownie-like the bread turns out. The boys and I were over the moon, lol! …..and you wanna know the best part?! This is a one-bowl banana bread. No fuss, I promise! Yippee!

If your family loves nuts, add a good handful of your favorite nuts to the batter. That would be a great addition.

I added a good handful of those fabulous Marshmallow Bits I find at Target. You can leave them out if needed, or….if you can’t find them you can order them online HERE.

Hope you’ll enjoy this fun treat as much as we did!


Chocolate Banana Bread with Marshmallow Bits

***Recipe updated as of August 1st 2012.***

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 medium-large ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup Marshmallow Bits (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray 2 bread pans (9×4 or 9×5 inch) with cooking spray.

2. Cream butter and sugar into a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla mixing to combine. Mash all bananas and add to bowl, mixing to combine. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and marshmallow bits, stirring to combine. Divide between the 2 prepared bread pans, spreading evenly on top. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until baked through. Remove and let cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan. When cool, cut into slices and serve.

Makes 2 loaves

Note:ย  If you want the bread to be dense and almost bread pudding like leave out the baking soda and baking powder and reduce the flour to 1 cup. For a more traditional textured bread pudding follow the recipe as stated ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. 1

    Wow Jenny this looks amazing! Fudgy and moist…like a marriage of banana bread + brownies. DELISH! And one bowl, love it!

  2. 2

    Ah, I’ve been waiting for this recipe ever since I saw it on Instagram! It looks great, Jenny!

  3. 3

    Looks so moist and perfect!

  4. 4

    This would be a great way for kids to eat bananas (and adults too!). Even if it is packed full of chocolate and marshmallows ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. 5

    So awesome! I love the look of the inside of this bread!

  6. 6

    Yum! That sounds + looks fantastic!!! Must try!

  7. 7

    WOW, look at that! I’m drooling!

  8. 8
    Maria says:

    I want a big fat slice for breakfast!

  9. 9
  10. 10
    melissa says:

    do you think you could use just regular mini marshmellows? and not the dehydrated kind? want to make today but don’t have time to cross the boarder to look for them boo whats your thoughts on that

    • 10.1
      Jenny says:

      Yes Melissa, I would quarter the mini marshmallows before adding them to the batter. You can also just omit the marshmallows altogether ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 11
    Rebecca kipe says:

    I’m thinking about doing this with zucchini in place of bananas…mainly bc I still have some to use up in the freezer. What do you think!? I bet you could also do pumpkin.

    • 11.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Rebecca, I think the pumpkin would work, but I’m not sure the zucchini would work since the textures are so different.

  12. 12
    Stephanie says:

    I’ve had banana bread before, but not CHOCOLATE banana bread! Thanks!

  13. 13

    This looks positively delicious. I always have a problem when making banana bread though. My bananas always seem to be too watery after mashing them, the bananas sink to the bottom and the bread is very dense. Any ideas?

    • 13.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Annamaria, try not mashing your bananas so much. I kind of give mine a coarse mash. That seems to help.

  14. 14
    Jennifer says:

    This looks amazing! I have bananas waiting for banana bread and was going to look for a good recipe today! Perfect timing! I have a question, though, the recipe reads 1 cup of flour, is that correct. Just doesn’t seem like quite enough, especially for 2 loaves? Thanks for all of your amazing recipes and pics!

  15. 15
    Ashlee says:

    How much salt? It just says 1/2 kosher salt…

  16. 16

    Banana bread has always been a favorite of ours, but you surely just put it over the moon with chocolate and marshmallows. Fabulous!

  17. 17
    Lauren says:

    Oh dear. This looks amazing…like irresistable-i’m-gonna-have-to-make-this-today amazing. I always get into trouble coming to your site ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 18
    Mary Ellen says:

    Looks great! But… 1/2 ___ kosher salt. Teaspoon?

  19. 19
    Deborah says:

    This recipe looks amazing! Is there a way you can add the nutrition to your recipes? Love your web site too!

  20. 20

    What a great banana bread, Jenny! This looks so rich, decadent and chocolatey but I’d have no problem indulging in this for breakfast! Lovely take on one of my favorite quick breads ever – and so easy. Thanks for sharing!

  21. 21
    Lynna H says:

    one bowl and its fudgey??!? i can already imagine how that’ll taste and i’m in love.

  22. 22
    Amy says:

    Delicious! I made this earlier today and just took our first bites… exactly as described! We didn’t use marshmallows and I took it out after 45 mins (was already pulling away from sides and toothpick came out clean). I was nervous it might be underdone (as recipe said 55-60), but it was perfect. Highly recommend!

  23. 23

    love banana + chocolate

    marshmallows are another favorite

    looking forward to giving this a try!

  24. 24
    Erika says:

    Hi Jenny, Thanks for another amazing recipe! I have a question though… my kids don’t care for chocolate (I know, crazy right!!!) Would this recipe still work without the cocoa or do I need to make a substituion to make a vanilla version of this? I’m not usually a baker, so I have no idea, but would love to try a non-chocolate version of this. Thanks!

  25. 25
    Spencer says:

    Looks absolutely beautiful! I would so love to try some. I reckon I would eat the lot in 10 minutes flat!

  26. 26

    You are brilliant! …and I am so jealous your boys get to try all your delicious recipes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. 27

    I have been making Banana Breads for 18 years..I’d say hundreds of them! I have never thought about adding chocolate..and marshmallows. This looks unbelievably moist and delicious!

  28. 28

    Holy yum! This looks like the best banana bread ever! And because it’s a bread and not cake, does that make it okay to eat this for breakfast?

  29. 29

    This looks so perfectly chocolate and moist and dense, I love that I could justify eating this for breakfast!

  30. 30

    you must be a martian! how do you come up with such original ideas? ๐Ÿ˜›

  31. 31
    katie hadfield says:

    Of course I will follow u on Pinterest

  32. 32
    SalBug says:

    Jenny – what a disappointment! I wanted to enter the ice cream giveaway that stated it was open until 5/26 8pm PST. It’s now only 7:38pm PST on 5/26 and it says the giveaway is closed. Bummer.

  33. 33
    Kevin says:

    Looks real fudgy! I’ll take 3 please ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. 34

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I can’t wait to make it! =)

  35. 35

    That looks so moist and dense, almost like a fudge banana bread! The perfect excuse to eat fudge for breakfast! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. 36
    Anna says:

    I made this today and was a little worried about it not rising but that’s the way it was supposed to be I guess. It has a very fudgey, dense but light texture. Kinda hard to explain but I put ice cream on it and it was AMAZING!! I’ll probably eat it for breakfast tomorrow, minus the ice cream and see how it is sitting overnight! I really like it, it’s yummy!

  37. 37
    Heather Wait says:

    I baked two loaves for 60 minutes and it seems raw in the middle? Could it be that I used too many bananas?

    • 37.1
      Erica Williams says:

      The texture of this bread was a little off for me too. Raw, but cooked. It was strange. Maybe the lack of baking powder/baking soda?

      • 37.1.1
        Jenny says:

        Hi Erica, I played around with this recipe and made it more bread like so it wasn’t as dense. I am kind of a weirdo and like it gooey. I think you’ll find the texture much better now ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your feedback. The recipe is updated as of August 1st 2012.

    • 37.2
      Jenny says:

      Hi Heather, did you use more than 2 bananas? I adjusted the recipe as of August 1st 2012 to make it more bread like. The texture is much more traditional now ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. 38
    Magnoliatn says:

    I had tried this recipe this past weekend but I am wondering if the amounts for the baking soda/powder are correct? It had a weird taste. If I try it again, I think I’ll try just 1 tsp of baking soda/1 tsp baking powder since it is for only 1 1/2 cups of flour. I opted to leave out the marshmallows. I might try adding some choc chips next time. Thanks!

  39. 39
    Jessi says:

    Just made this recipe. After making some judgements based on the comments and my own baking experience, I decided on using 2 bananas (instead of 4), 1 tsp of baking powder, and 1 tsp of baking soda (instead of 2). I also used 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar (because I love the taste of brown sugar with bananas). OH! And I added about 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips. It turned out FANTASTIC!

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