Next to making soup, I think the coziest thing you can do in the kitchen during the winter is bake. Whelp, do I have a treat for you with this chunky monkey double chocolate banana bread.
The chocolate is melty. The sea salt flakes are, well, salty. And the walnuts are crunchy. THE perfect combo for banana bread. Right?
I first whipped this up as a goodbye present to one of my FAVE cycling instructors during her “last” class, as she was leaving a studio I go to consistently. And it just so happened to be her birthday. AND what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a loaf (or 2) of this?
The answer? There is nothing better.
As a side note, one of the reasons Laura left was because she was pursuing becoming a SoulCycle instructor (!!! YOU GO GIRL !!!). If you’re in DC, be sure to check out her schedule here.
The inspo for the flavors came from my all time favorite scone at Northside Social in Arlington, VA. It’s this hip little coffee shop that just so happens to turn into a wine bar at night. Freakin’ genius, right? The chunky monkey scone has loads of chocolate and walnuts, (and banana, duh). Yes, it’s great in scone form, but it’s even better in a bread.
So, do yourself a favor. Make this bread as a treat (or let’s be honest, pre-workout snack like I would). Then go take one of Laura’s classes. You’ll need all the energy you can get to survive that kick ass workout, and this banana bread will DEF do the trick.Print
This bread can be thrown together in minutes and is chock full of nuts and chocolate. What more could you want?
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup mashed banana, throw it all in a plastic baggie and mash. This was about 3 large bananas —> 14.9oz or 120g. I love my kitchen scale to measure out ingredients, especially baking. Bananas can differ in size so this ensures I get it right each time I make the recipe
- 1/3 c. coconut sugar
- 2 TBSP melted (and cooled) coconut oil
- 2 TBSP vanilla
- 1 and 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/2 c. cocoa powder
- 2 Tsp baking powder
- 1 Tsp baking soda
- 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
- 1 c. chocolate chips
- 3/4 c. walnuts
- Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (and edit*** more chocolate chips, if desired)
Preheat your oven to 350.
COMBINE THE WET INGREDIENTS
Mash the bananas in a plastic baggie. Leave as many lumps as you want (personally, I like it to be a little lumpy to get some banana pieces in the bread). Combine with the remaining wet ingredients. Set aside.
COMBINE THE DRY INGREDIENTS
In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
Fold in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, but ✨do not over mix✨.
Pour into two parchment lined loaf pans (and again, use the scale to make sure they’re evenly distributed).
Top with a little sea salt and walnuts (and more chocolate chips because why not) before baking 😏 Bake for 40-45 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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