Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread


This Cooking Light Banana Bread recipe has become a favorite in our house.  The low-fat yogurt is a lighter substitution for the typical sour cream that’s used to give banana bread it’s moist, dense texture.  A chocolate swirl adds a little extra sweetness, making it a perfect afternoon snack when you’re craving something sweet.  When we make our bread we like to pre-slice it and freeze the individual slices in a freezer bag.  This keeps the bread from going bad and prevents us from eating it too quickly.  When I’m ready to have a slice I simply defrost it in the microwave for about 45 seconds and enjoy the chocolate-banana goodness!






  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 3-4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute (or 3 egg whites)
  • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a larger bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until well blended.  Add the mashed bananas, egg, and yogurt.  Beat until well blended.  Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until moist.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips on high for 30 second intervals until the chips are completely melted.  Cool slightly.  Add 1 cup of the banana batter to the chocolate and stir until well combined.
  5. Alternately spoon the chocolate batter with the plain batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Then use a knife to swirl the batters together.
  6. Bake at 350º F for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.  Let it cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from the pan.  Then let it cool completely on the wire rack before cutting.  This recipe makes about 16 slices.


The Frugality

Not only is this banana bread less fattening than most, but it’s inexpensive too!  Minus the plain low-fat yogurt, I almost always have all of the ingredients in my kitchen .  Since almost everyone always has the traditional baking ingredients, such as flour and sugar, I don’t include them in my cost model.  The only things most people may need to purchase are chocolate chips, bananas, and yogurt.  All of this comes to a total of about $3.00, that’s only $0.19 per slice!  Way cheaper and healthier than the $2.00 slice of banana bread at Starbucks!



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