Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

If I could, I would drizzle everything with chocolate. Months ago at a local cafe I saw a huge loaf of banana bread that had been generously drizzled with chocolate behind the bakery counter. Instantly, I added the bread to my mental list of recipes to make. Then I proceeded to forget all about it a few days later.

That was until I saw a recipe for banana bread with chocolate glaze in a magazine. I was reminded of how glorious that loaf had looked behind the shiny glass display and knew I had to make it. So bananas went on my grocery list and then on my counter where I pretty much willed them to ripen. Finally, days later, I threw this banana bread together. It made my whole house smell better than any candle. That night I enjoyed not one, but two magnificent slices before packing for Blogher Food. It’s a small tragedy that I had to give the rest of the loaf away since I was heading out of town. 

I miss you, banana bread. We shall meet again.
Note: when I photographed this recipe I hadn’t sifted the sugar and cocoa for the chocolate glaze, hence the lumps. I proceeded to alter the recipe to produce a more smooth and beautiful glaze. Sifted or not, it’s still scrumptious!
Recipe Rundown
Taste: Satisfying depth of spicy-sweet flavors accentuated by the rich chocolate glaze.   
Texture: Moist, rich, with a smooth, firm chocolate glaze.
Ease: Both the batter and glaze are super easy to throw together.
Appearance: The chocolate glaze looks absolutely mouth-watering.
Pros: Easy and perfectly delicious.
Cons: Indulgent banana bread recipe.
Would I make this again? Yes! This would make a fabulous homemade gift. 
Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze
Adapted from Food Network Magazine
Makes one 9×5-inch loaf
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted & cooled
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate glaze (recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together the mashed bananas, eggs, butter, yogurt, and vanilla until combined. Fold banana mixture into flour mixture until just combined.

Bake for 55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes in pan, then turn out onto rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
Sift sugar and cocoa into a small bowl. Whisk in milk, vanilla, and salt all until smooth. Pour onto cooled bread and let set, 15-20 minutes. 
   

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14 Responses to “Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze”

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    Lauren — May 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Banana bread and I are good friends, but I could easily fall in love with chocolate glazed banana bread! A smear of peanut butter added to a slice of this bread would leave me absolutely smitten.

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    Tracey — May 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    That chocolate glaze looks heavenly Tessa! I almost never eat banana bread unless it's covered in a glaze of some sort :)

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    The Tomato Tart — May 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Oh, chocolate and bananas- the most comforting of combos. Kind of like baking itself. I hope you're adjusting back to real life after a whirlwind few days. I hope to see you soon.

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    Jane M — May 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Sigh – this looks delightful!

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    rosita vargas — May 25, 2011 at 12:36 am

    se ve delicioso y muy lindo,un lujo de cake con ingredientes que me encantan,cari

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    maris — May 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

    As someone who loves chocolate covered bananas, I love the idea of the chocolate drizzle on this loaf

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    Brooke — May 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Bananas turn the perfect brown for baking if you throw them in the freezer, when you are ready to use take them out to defrost and they will be mushy and ripe and perfect. Kinda gross to touch but it does the trick anytime you don't plan ahead for things like muffins or bars

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    Caroline — May 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Yum!!!!! Send me a piece of that! Delicious!

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    Pepper — May 27, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Even though I don't usualy try new one I tried a recipe a few weeks ago call chocolate zucchini bread. It was a hit!

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    Dunja — June 1, 2011 at 3:37 am

    This Banana Bread was addictive-ly delicious. I will make this again.

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    ALLISON REGIS — June 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I am going to try that recipe..

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    bob — November 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I like it

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    Linda Bridge — November 12, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Do you have a whole wheat dinner roll receipe? Your banana bread is to die for!!!

    • Tessa replied: — November 12th, 2013 @ 10:16 am

      Unfortunately no whole wheat dinner roll recipe, but I have received a handful of requests for that so I plan on posting one soon!

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