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Banana Coco-nib Bread

Banana coco nibs

It is that time of year, we are filling our freezer up with lots of unbaked items.  I was gifted with some coco-nibs. I wanted to find a way to really highlight them. I like the flavor of the bananas with the roasted earthiness of the coco nibs. Now I, personally would like this bread with just the coco nibs and no chocolate but they are not sweet and I did not think my family would like the bread with only the nibs, So I added some chopped chocolate to sweeten things up a bit. Actually the crunch of the nibs with the creamy chocolate go really nice together. 

I made two small loaf and froze one loaf unbaked. I will bake it frozen, it only add 5-10 minutes more. Enjoy!

Banana Coco-nib Bread


3 ripe bananas

1 cup evaporated cain or sugar

2 eggs

1 TBL vanilla

1/4 cup mild flavored olive oil

1/4 cup melted butter, cooled 

1/2 cup buttermilk



1 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt 


1/2 cup bittersweet chopped chocolate or chips

3 TBL coco nibs 

Pre-heat oven 325 ˚F

In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients.

In another bowl mashed bananas and sugar together. Then add the rest of wet ingredients. Stir together and add to dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate and coco nibs. Grease one large or two small loaf pans. Pour batter in pans and bake 45-55 minutes. until center inserted with a skewer and  comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes and then remove from pan.


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Mrs. U

Oh my goodness!! All of your recipes sound TOO delicious!!! I am sooo in the baking mood now that it's a little cooler outside. I think my daughter and I need to try these very soon!

Mrs. U


Wow, I've never even heard of a coco-nib. Your bread looks delicious!

Donna O.

See?? Every time I visit-amazing food! Maybe this one I could attempt.
PS- The 'nature' photos below are just beautiful. How lucky you are to live there.


Hi Clarice,
Doesn't that look good!! I love banana bread.
It's so hot here today, as soon as it cools off I can start baking.

Gumbo Lily

MMMmmmm! Slice me a chunk and pour me a cuppa hot coffee or strong Irish tea and I'll be right over!



Hi Clarice, I am reminded of the warm slice of buttered banana bread enjoyed yesterday when out at lunch. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe! Baking for the freezer is so handy!



What a beautiful photo. I just love your recipes, this sounds delicious. I think the addition of chocolate is perfect. I will definitely try this recipe! Thank you for sharing!



This sounds delicious, Clarice!

the pleasures of homemaking

That bread looks so good and so pretty on that plate!



This recipe sounds great Clarice! I do love chocolate chip banana bread, and my freezer has quite a few bags of ripe bananas handy for baking.



Dear Clarice,

Your photo is gorgeous!!! I love the vintage plate, the pretty rosey fabric and your Autumn cookbook. Such a lovely vignette! I can almost smell that yummy banana coco-nib bread! It looks so good! Thank you for sharing your recipe. You always inspire me! xoxoxo Love, Paula

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