Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread


Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread | | #bananabread

Hellooooo, November. I don’t know where October went, but I have a slight feeling you might be ready for a break from apple and pumpkin flavored desserts for a couple weeks. I mean, you know I will be making pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert, but between now and then, I have a lot of great stuff to share with you!

Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread | | #bananabread

It starts with this Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread. Homemade breads are really much easier than you may think. This one doesn’t require a mixer, it comes together pretty quickly and you can customize it to your favorite flavors! I like my banana bread with chocolate chips and cinnamon. I packed an extra layer of cinnamon in this banana bread because I made the streusel with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal. That’s right. It’s one of my boyfriend’s favorite cereals and a box doesn’t last long in our house.

Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread | | #bananabread

This recipe makes two medium-sized loafs or one large loaf and one small. The best thing you can do when baking breads is grease the loaf pan with Crisco and coat it in flour. I was actually able to shake my whole loaf out of the pan! My other tip is to try and fill your two pans as evenly as possible so that the baking time will be the same. I actually use a scale to measure out my batter and all of my ingredients. It helps ensure the most accurate measurements, which is super important when baking.The other special components in this bread are brown butter and buttermilk. Brown butter makes everything better; a lesson I only recently learned!

Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread | | #bananabread


Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread
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Serves: 2 Loafs
  • 2 C Flour, sifted
  • 1½ C Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ C Unsalted butter, browned
  • ½ C Buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 2-3 Medium-sized bananas, mashed
  • ½ C Pecans
  • ½ C Milk chocolate chips
For the Streusel
  • 1¼ C Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
  • 1 C All-purpose Flour
  • ½ C Light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ C Unsalted butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two loaf pans.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift flour and combine with sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan. Once melted, continue to stir until butter turns a golden brown.
  4. Pour melted butter into a large mixing bowl and combine with buttermilk, vanilla extract and eggs. Whisk vigorously until smooth; make sure eggs are well beaten.
  5. In a separate bowl, unpeel bananas and mash with a fork. Add mashed bananas to wet ingredients.
  6. Slowly add flour mix into wet ingredients and gently stir with a wooden spoon just until combined. Do not over mix.
  7. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips.
For the Streusal
  1. Prepare the streusel by grinding the Cinnamon Toast Crunch in a food processor. Combine the cereal crumbs with remaining dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Melted butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Pour melted butter over dry ingredients. Stir with a fork to combine butter with dry ingredients.
Prepare the loafs
  1. Fill the bottom ⅓ of each loaf pan with batter. Sprinkle a thin layer of streusel (reserve ½ cup) and then divide up remaining batter between each loaf pan. Top with remaining streusel.
  2. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes until bread rises. Stick a toothpick or thin knife into the center of the bread to check for doneness. If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done.
  3. Allow bread to cool before cutting.
If you do not have buttermilk, you can substitute regular milk.

Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread | | #bananabread

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  1. says

    I am with you on the pumpkin, Julianne. Its wonderful. Its delicious. But a short intermission before Thanksgiving will avoid pumpkin overload. :) I love using cereal to give baked goods that extra crunch! Cinnamon Toast Crunch is perfect for a streusel! There is something about adding cinnamon that makes the other flavors pop. Though we are generally purists when it comes to banana bread, I think its time for me to shake things up a bit with this loaf!
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  2. Kristine says

    Anything to use in place of Cinnamon Toast Crunch? I’m not buying a box just for this & then let the rest go to waist (I’m not a sugary cereal person & my kids don’t need sugary cereal).

    • Beyond Frosting says

      Hi Kristen- I understand. I would try and substitute in your favorite cinnamon cereal otherwise maybe some cinnamon graham crackers maybe?


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