Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

For a light, tender crumb, be careful not to overmix the batter after adding the flour. Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, put in oven right away. If it sits for too long, the soda will start to lose its leavening power--so work quickly when melting chocolate. Discovered this delight in Cooking Light (low-fat version).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt, stirring with a whisk.
  3. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat with mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute).
  4. Add banana, egg substitute, and yogurt; beat until blended.
  5. Add flour mixture, beat at low speed just until moist.
  6. Place chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth.
  7. Cool slightly.
  8. Add 1 cup of batter to chocolate, stirring until well combined.
  9. Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
  10. Swirl batters together using a knife.
  11. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  12. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan.
  13. Cool completely on wire rack.


Most Helpful

This is the recipe from Cooking Lights Sept 2003 magazine. Without a doubt the best low fat banana bread I have ever made. I changed two things - I add 2 full cups of mashed banana and 1/2 cup sour cream. The result is an incredibly moist, delicious choc./banana treat. Every where I take this I am handing the recipe out!!

kim myles April 17, 2004

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm........yum! My marbling skills could use help, but that didn't make it taste any less delicious!!! I used 1/2 cup sugar(which was PLENTY given the sweet bananas & chocolate!), and half whole wheat flour. I also used canola oil because it's healthier than butter. I just used a whisk to mix everything up. Thanks for posting this!

Japanese Delight February 10, 2010

I can't tell you how much FUN I had making this recipe! I have 2 other banana bread recipes that are my "norm" but it was great to try a Cooking Light recipe to change things up (I normally enjoy their bread recipes). My husband tried a slice & said it tasted like banana choc chip bread (only with a "swirl!"). I used 1/4 cup Splenda & 1/4 cup sugar instead of the full cup. Thankfully that worked fine! I will hopefully try a slice myself soon; I just needed my "taste tester" to help me out! I DID think a 9X5 pan would work better than an 8X4--there is quite a lot of batter. Baking time was a little less than stated; the loaf was plenty brown. Thank you for sharing!!!

LUVMY2BOYS August 30, 2010

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