chocolate banana oat bread

modified recipe from:

Good Housekeeping Banana-Oat Recipe

Basically just added  cocoa nibs as indicated



  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup total, quick-cooking and rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • ~ 1 –2 tablespoons roasted ground cocoa nibs*
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Crumb Topping:

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ~ 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs
  • 3 tablespoon margarine or butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. grease a 9" by 5" loaf pan.
  2. In large bowl, mix baking powder, baking soda, salt, 2 cups flour, 1 cup oats, ground cocoa nibs and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar until blended. With pastry blender or two knives used scissor-fashion, cut in 1/2 cup margarine or butter (1 stick) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in mashed bananas, milk, vanilla extract, and eggs just until flour is moistened. Spoon batter into pan.
  3. Prepare crumb topping: In small bowl, with fork, mix 3 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons oats, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, cocoa nibs, and 3 tablespoons margarine or butter until blended. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over batter.
  4. Bake bread 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and finish cooling on wire rack.


* the cocoa nibs were roasted the same method as green coffee beans and then ground fine.




This is a delicious bread by the fact that it is not overly sweet and has a mild chocolate flavor.

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