Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Chocolate Swirl

Moist, fluffy banana bread topped with a luscious chocolate swirl. You won’t believe that this delicious treat is gluten-free!

gluten free banana bread with chocolate

Spotted or not spotted, that is the question. For me, bananas are best consumed when they have a couple spots on them. Not quite dalmatian-style, but enough to indicate that the banana has lost most of its starchy texture. I have friends who prefer bananas with a bit of green on the skin. I think they’re crazy. But when I have bananas that look like this, I know it’s time for a baking session:

Overripe Bananas

Initially, I wanted to make a cinnamon chocolate swirl for the banana bread. A few weeks ago, I fell in love with Joanne’s recipe for chewy cinnamon white chocolate chip coconut cookies at Eats Well With Others. The recipe called for cinnamon chips, something I had never heard of. I was on a quest for them last week, but alas, none of the supermarkets I frequent carried these cinnamon morsels.

gluten free banana bread with chocolate

When it came time to baking, I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I added a cinnamon chocolate swirl to the bread?! Cinnamon + chocolate perfectly co-existing. I was sold on the idea, so I melted a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and added a tablespoon of ground cinnamon to the sauce. Next, the moment of truth—the taste test. The verdict: a disappointment. The cinnamon flavors were muted by the semi-sweet chocolate chips. The chocolate certainly tasted different, but not enough for me to detect cinnamon in it.

gluten free banana bread with chocolate

I made a fresh batch of chocolate sauce for my banana bread, using chocolate chips only and added it onto the banana bread batter. To make the chocolate swirl on the bread, I poured the banana batter into a greased loaf pan first. Then, I added dollops of the chocolate sauce and, with a butter knife, swirled the batter and chocolate together.

gluten free banana bread with chocolate

If you want more layers of chocolate inside the banana bread, add half of the banana bread into the loaf pan and top it with a few dollops of chocolate sauce. Next, add the remaining banana mixture and top it with the chocolate. Then, use a butter knife to create a swirl.

Even though the cinnamon chocolate experiment wasn’t a success, the final version was wonderful! Oh, and did I mention that it is gluten-free?

Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Chocolate Swirl
 
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Moist banana bread topped with a luscious swirl of chocolate.
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Recipe type: gluten-free, breakfast, snack, dessert
Serves: 11
Ingredients
  • Natural cooking spray or regular oil for greasing pan
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 TBS non-fat greek yogurt (or plain yogurt)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cup rolled oats, ground (or a bit over a cup of oat flour)
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 TBS ground psyllium husk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º F (180º C). Either grease a loaf pan directly with cooking spray or oil, or line the pan with parchment paper and then spray the insides. Be sure to have at least half an inch of parchment paper above the loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas, oil, coconut sugar, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla together.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the ground rolled oats (or oat flour), brown rice flour, psyllium husk, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. I like to add the flour mixture in three batches.
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips. Set the microwave for about a minute and then check the chocolate. Be careful with hot bowls! If the chocolate has barely melted, continue microwaving at 15-second increments until the chips are partially melted and very soft. The chocolate doesn't need to be saucy--just melted enough so that you can stir the chips together into a creamy consistency.
  6. Pour the banana batter into the loaf pan. Add dollops of the chocolate sauce on top of the batter.
  7. Using a butter knife, swirl the chocolate around so that you create a nice psychedelic swirl pattern.
  8. Bake the bread for about 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when you pierce through the banana bread portions. Try not to test the bread by sticking the toothpick in the chocolate portions, as the toothpick will always come out with gooey melted chocolate.
  9. Let the bread cool for at least 45 to 50 minutes before taking it out of the pan for slicing.
  10. Store any leftovers in sealable container. Refrigerate any bread that you haven't finished in several days.
Notes
1. Lining the pan with parchment paper is not essential, but the bread will come out of the loaf pan easier. I cut a sheet of parchment paper long enough to cover the bottom and 2 sides of the pan, lengthwise. I added 2 smaller sheets for the shorter sides.
2. If you want a true marble bread, add dollops of chocolate between layers of banana batter.
3. When it comes to melting chocolate, the microwave is my best friend. If you don't have a microwave, try this water bath method from the The Kitchn. Of course, a double boiler works as well, but most of us probably don't have that in our homes.
4. If psyllium husk is difficult to find, just leave it out of the recipe. I included it in the bread to make the flour bind together a bit more. The taste of the bread will not change.


gluten free banana bread with chocolate

FUN BANANA FACTS

  • The word “banana” comes from the Spanish and Portuguese words banana (for the fruit) or banano (for the tree).
  • Until the late 19th century, bananas were considered to be luxuries in America. Now, they’re less than a dollar for a pound (at least for now)!
  • The most common variety of banana that we see in supermarkets are from the Cavendish subgroup. There are increasing news reports suggesting that the global production of Cavendish bananas could be at risk because of a fungus, also known as the Panama disease. The cause: lack of genetic diversity in the crop. What will I do without bananas??

gluten free banana bread with chocolate

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Comments

  1. Kate says

    Hi Lisa,

    I made this today and it’s lovely! I had to substitute a few ingredients, and I potentially put in too much chocolate, but it tastes great.

    Looking forward to trying more of your recipes :-)
    Xxx

    • LisaLisa says

      Thanks, Kate! Glad you liked it! And there’s never too much chocolate in my book. Feel free to send me a quick message with any recipes you want me to feature on here!

    • LisaLisa says

      Yes, absolutely! I would use regular cane sugar instead of coconut sugar and just leave out the psyllium husk. I included it in the recipe to ensure that the bread came out sturdier. Let me know how it turns out if you try this!

  2. gracie says

    This bread looks delicious but I do not have celiac disease so gluten free serves no real nutiritional purpose. Would it possible to just use regular flour or even whole wheat flour and skip the the psyllium husk? Thanks!

    • LisaLisa says

      Absolutely, Gracie! You could use either all-purpose or whole wheat flour or blend them both together. Skip the psyllium husk, too.

  3. Beev says

    Hi! thanks for the recipe. looks delectable :) can we substitute the yogurt with something else? I am also dairy free here. thanks!

    • LisaLisa says

      Thanks, Beev! You can just substitute it with some applesauce. It’s there mainly for extra moisture in the bread. Let me know how it goes!

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