Why isn’t chocolate a more included side kick in the world of banana bread? I am actually surprised that I have not already thought to add more of it to banana bread! More than chips, let’s get that dark cocoa powder in there for a yummy chocolate sandwich cookie vibe.
I know I am all about treats here but I have also been taking steps to make my treats more healthy. My goal? To get my kids to eat more fiber and fruit. The best way to do this for me is by using prune puree as a vegetable oil or egg substitute. It is always amazing with anything chocolate. If you are not subbing this into your baking already, this recipe is great place to start. Not a soul will suspect your healthy intentions with this s’mores inspired after school snack.
I know you have a stack of brown bananas on your counter if you are anything like me. So let’s do a little double duty. Use those bananas and add some healthy fiber to the mix!
S’mores Chocolate Banana Bread
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened dark coco powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups mashed bananas
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup prune puree
- 1/2 c chopped pitted prunes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup graham cracker cereal
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a loaf pan with a flour based baking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and powder. Whisk in salt.
- Prepare prune puree.
- Mash bananas.
- In a standing mixer whip together mashed bananas, brown sugar, white sugar and prune puree. Add in vanilla.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the standing mixer until just combined. Don’t over mix.
- Add in chopped prunes, chocolate chips, cereal or crushed graham cracker and marshmallows until just incorporated.
- Bake for 1 hour. Cover with foil and bake an additional 10 min if necessary or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let cool on a rack.
- Top with extra marshmallows, chocolate candy bar pieces and graham cracker cereal or crumbs. Toast for briefly in the over or with a torch and enjoy.
My favorite part of this recipe is making the toppings at the end. Crushing up graham crackers is a great stress reliever.
I like to break up a chocolate bar and add pieces to the top of my finished loaf along with mini marshmallows and graham cracker pieces. Sometimes I use graham cracker cereal too. Toasting it up in the oven under the broiler for a couple min is fun, but if you have a kitchen torch it’s even better.
This recipe was developed in partnership with California Grown.