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Bucket List: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


August 30, 2012

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Like most people, I hate to see food go to waste. I cringe as I watch my kale shriveling up, and feel great pangs of guilt as I toss the forgotten Tupperware of pasta into the trash. I try to goad my husband into eating things for lunch that are well past their prime, heralding virtues of convenience, and I have once or twice (okay, three times) been known to give my dogs stale crostini topped with tired pรขtรฉ.


Ingredients for Banana Cake.

The makings of the deliciousness.

Not this week though. No, this week I was eying the bananas on my counter, daring them to turn brown, so I could make a cake, the idea for which I had come up with while tossing and turning the other night.

When asked what I should call it, one of my co-workers mumbled through a mouthful, “This is f*cking delicious! Call it that! F*cking Delicious Cake!”

She later modified her suggestion to Bucket List Cake, which I think works quite nicely…because if you’re only ever going to make five cakes in your life, this should definitely be one of them. Sinfully delicious, but not cloyingly sweet, and balanced with a perfect amount of moistness this is one for the ages, folks. It takes just 5 minutes to assemble, although the feelings of superiority of using up those wilting bananas will last for days.

Bucket List Banana Split Chocolate Chip Cake
Adapted from Savory Sweet Life

Bucket List Banana Split Chocolate Chip Cake

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread…perfect warm out of the oven with a glass of red wine.

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 large ripened bananas
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (I think this was the secret ingredient…I used Chobani’s new Chocolate Chunk yogurt…holy hell it was good)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TB cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet pending on your preference)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9ร—5 loaf pan. Muffin tins also work nicely if you want more of a cupcake result.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add in egg, bananas, yogurt, and vanilla until well blended.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.
  5. Mix everything until well incorporated (about 3 minutes).
  6. Add chocolate chips and nuts and stir until just combined (you don’t want to crush the nuts too finely)
  7. Pour batter into pan(s) and bake for 50 minutes โ€“ 1 hr.
  8. Insert a tooth pick into the center of the cake and check to see if it comes out clean when you pull it out.
  9. Remove from heat and allow cake to rest in the loaf pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Invert the pan(s) onto a cooling rack. Enjoy warm or cold. Delicious served with vanilla ice cream, homemade whipped cream, or a glass of red wine.


  1. Allison says:

    This sounds amazing! Especially with the Greek yogurt… I could see how you possibly should have gone with the alternate title for this cake!

  2. Hooray for Chobani!! This looks ridiculously divine. Esp with red wine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. emmycooks says:

    Well, either name definitely beats “banana bread.” And this version certainly sounds deserving of (either of) its name(s). ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ann Mah says:

    Chobani chocolate chunk yogurt is now on my short list of things to buy on my first trip back to an American grocery store. This cake sounds outrageous!

  5. Your co-worker sounds awesome and this cake – I need a piece!!!

  6. Jennie says:

    This cake looks heavenly- all moist and delicious. Yum!

  7. Karista says:

    Yummy, yummy, yummy! Id love a slice with my coffee this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to have to make some this week. My family will love this recipe!

    • yes…it would be equally good with coffee or red wine. If you end up making it let me know how it goes over with the family! I’ve got three more tired looking bananas, so might have to be making another one myself…

  8. Carol Miner says:

    I can’t locate the chocolate yogurt in my area. Would it work to substitute vanilla Greek yogurt?

    • Shut Up & Cook says:

      Yes, absolutely! Let us know how it turns out!

      • Carol miner says:

        I made the bucket list chocolate banana bread and substituted vanilla Greek yogurt for the suggest chocolate chunk (couldn’t find it at the store) and it was very good!

        • Shut Up & Cook says:

          Oh brilliant! So glad to hear that! Isn’t it just a decadent, divine combination of flavors? Particularly when just hot from the oven…..oh….so….good! Thanks for reporting back!

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