Chocolate Banana Walnut Bread

How about a moist banana bread which has walnuts and chocolate too? Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread is tender, moist with a crisp top with cocoa flavour and walnut bites. Serve as breakfast or a mid-day snack or sweet snack. This is my ultimate quick bread recipe that has all my favourite ingredients! I have quite a few quick bread recipes here because they are so easy to make for anyone! You don't have to use any mixer appliance, just two bowls, a whisk and a spatula will do. 
Chocolate Banana Walnut Bread sliced and served with two cups of chai
Originally, this Chocolate Banana Walnut bread was baked for a special occasion in Oct 2017 but ended up being a sad day. I had baked to this quick bread on stove-top to celebrate Ragee's first year of brought-home day, but sadly, Ragee didn't live long enough for us to celebrate 😭and the same reason it took me this long to break the silence on the blog.

Chocolate Banana Walnut Bread in two mini loaf pans
2017 pic

I remember Ragee stretched out and watching me while I was preparing the table for the photoshoot. I was telling her how we will be eating the cake while she gets to eat her favourite tuna shreds, of course, ground and through a syringe. 😒We had one loaf the same evening I baked and the other loaf was meant for the next day celebration but instead, it was unattended on the counter. Oct 20th, the day started with unforeseen events one after the other and eventually, we lost Ragee on the way to the vet in Jeddah. It is hard to forget the grief! As I was not cooking and deeply depressed, the banana bread with chocolate and walnuts in the fridge was my stress fix. I get teary thinking of the moment she breathed her last. Some days I am all into binge-watching her videos and laughing. I will miss her all my life. I have contemplated pouring my heart out into words dedicated to her, but I decided to let it be. I don't want to confine my love for her into a few paragraphs... let it be.

Ingredients for Banana Walnut Bread

  • Flour: I have baked this bread three to four times with variations in flour. You can use only all-purpose flour (maida) or replace some portion with whole wheat flour or even finger millet flour (ragi flour).
  • Cocoa powder: I have used unsweetened Hersheys. Now, if you don't want chocolate flavour, replace it with flour.
  • Chocolate chips: Optional but adds an extra chocolate richness.
  • Sugar: I have used both brown sugar and white sugar. You may use all brown or all white.
  • Leavening agents: Yes, we really need both baking soda and baking powder to make this banana quick bread. Do not skip.
  • Salt: a pinch will do but skip if you using salted butter.
  • Walnuts: I have used whole walnuts that I chopped up finely. I didn't toast before using. You may use almonds.
  • Egg: use a large egg
  • Banana: Measure after mashing the ripe banana as bananas come in all sizes!
  • Vanilla extract
  • Butter: I have used melted unsalted butter but you may use any neutral cooking oil.

How to make Chocolate Banana Walnut bread?

This chocolate walnut banana bread is also a "quick bread" which means the mixing of the batter is super easy and forgiving. All you need is two bowls, one whisk, and a rubber spatula! The mixing technique is called the muffin mixing method or quick bread method.
  1. Whisk the dry ingredients
  2. Whisk the wet ingredients
  3. Add the wet to the dry
  4. Fold gently until combined
  5. Pour into a greased or lined pan
  6. Top with chopped walnuts
  7. Bake and cool
  8. slice and serve!

Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

Yields 8x4 loaf pan or 6-inch round pan or 2 mini loaf pans
Measured dry ingredients using fluff, scoop and sweep method
1 cup = 250ml 

INGREDIENTS

Dry items:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour or ragi flour or oats flour or use more maida itself
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 8 to 10 toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon chocolate chips (optional)

Wet items:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mashed banana (1 large ripe banana)
Topping:
  • Chopped walnuts

METHOD

  1. Prepare the pan and oven: Preheat the oven to 180°C with the rack in the middle. Grease and line the 8x4 inches loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. Prepare the batter: Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add all the wet ingredients to a smaller bowl and whisk until combined. (make sure your melted butter is not too hot). Fold in the wet mixture into the dry mixture bowl or vice versa and use a spatula to fold just until combined with no trace of flour. Do not over mix.
  3. Prepare to bake: Transfer the batter into the lined loaf pan, sprinkle the chopped walnuts all over the top. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to settle the batter evenly.
  4. Bake the banana bread: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  5. Serve and store: Serve warm or cold with coffee or tea. Store the remaining banana bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 to 3 days or refrigerate for a week.
Chocolate Banana Walnut Bread Sliced

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Thank you! 

The contents of this post including the recipe and images were updated on 24th May 2021. 

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