Nearly everyone I know loves banana bread. And chocolate. And who isn’t fascinated by a marbled baked-good?! When I saw this recipe on the PPK (Post-Punk Kitchen) the other day, I actually started wishing my bananas would hurry up and get over-ripe. Which for me, is when the spots start to appear. My beautiful slightly green bananas granted my wish and soon became spotted and then became delicious work of (vegan!) baked art.
Grab those over-ripe bananas and a few other ingredients and create your own edible art.
- 1 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 TBSP canola oil
- 1/3 cup almond milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 TBSP boiling water, divided
Preheat oven to 350F and lightly oil a 4×8″ loaf pan. Put water on to boil.
Peel and mash bananas. Measure before placing in a mixing bowl.
Add milk, sugar, oil and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
Add flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until JUST combined. If you still see a bi of flour, that’s ok. Be careful to not over-mix.
Measure and scoop out one cup of this mixture and transfer to another bowl.
In a small bowl, dissolve the cocoa powder with 3 TBSP boiling water. Stir vigorously with a fork until smooth.
Add the dissolved chocolate into the one cup of banana mixture. Mix until completely smooth and combined.
Add 3 TBSP boiling water to the original plain banana mixture. Mix until mostly smooth.
Scoop alternate “1/2 cupfuls” into the oiled loaf pan. I used a large “spoonula” to mix each batter and just used those to scoop out each mixture. Have fun and place the two different batters into the pan in a random fashion. The randomness will help you make the groovy swirls! Here are my layers as they built up.
When all the batter is in the pan, use a butter knife or wooden skewer to swirl through the batter in a circular motion for about 10 seconds.
Bake 55-65 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a skewer or butter knife into the center of the loaf. It’s done when a few moist crumbs cling to the skewer. Cool in the pan on a rack until you can handle the pan without an oven mitt, then turn the loaf out to cool completely.
Now comes the oooooooo-ahhhhhhh part: Cut 1/2 inch slices and watch the ever-changing, swirled banana bread art present itself.
No need for a spread–moist and flavorful on its own. Freshly cooled, this bread has a nicely crisp crust; after storage, it softens.
I went to the store today looking for bananas past their prime. Alas, none to be had. I bought the least ripe ones which are now in a paper bag on the counter. Can’t wait to make another one of these beautiful and yummy breads! I highly recommend you make one for yourself and keep the recipe in mind for the next potluck or food-gifting occasion. Perfect!
The PPK is my go-to site for fabulous vegan recipes. The recipes are easy to follow and written with just the perfect amount of humorous snark. Isa Chandra is not your Mom’s Betty Crocker. Click on over and see for yourself!