TikTok is teeming with banana bread recipes that promise to be better than any others you’ve tried. While we can’t claim this build beats the one passed down from your grandmother, or the one you perfected during lockdown, it certainly brings something new to the table. With cocoa powder infused batter and a heap of chocolate chips, it transforms an everyday snack bread into something much more decadent.
This recipe was developed by Madeline Clark and her sister Jules, the creators of Kitchen by the sea, a blog inspired by the home cooking the sisters enjoyed growing up on a ranch in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Their double chocolate chip banana bread has over 96,000 views on TikTok.
According to the Clarks, the key to perfecting this recipe is using extra ripe bananas. “Bananas can be entirely brown on the outside and still perfectly good for banana bread,” Clark explains. “Ripe bananas are not only sweeter because the starch breaks down into sugar as they ripen, but they add an even stronger banana flavor.” As for the other ingredients, the sisters like to opt for unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips — 60% dark chocolate to be exact.
The beauty of this bread lies in the finishing touch. “Having worked in a bakery for years, we know that people eat with their eyes first,” Clark says. “For a loaf that looks like it came straight from a bakery, leave a few chocolate chips to scatter on top before baking.”
Kitchen-by-the-Sea Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tsp diamond crystal salt (½ tsp if morton)
- 3 large ripe bananas 1 ½ cups mashed potatoes
- ¼ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips divided
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Put aside
2. In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and sea salt. Put aside.
3. Using a fork in a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in melted butter and coconut oil and stir to combine. Add sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
4. Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until just blended. Stir in ¾ cup chocolate chips.
5. Pour the batter into the bread pan. Garnish with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips. Bake the bread for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean (other than melted chocolate)
6. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before removing. Cut the bread and enjoy.