Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread + an easy Lunchbox Idea!

Chocolate + cherries = summer heaven.

This chocolate cherry banana bread is the perfect start to a summer morning --- a big thick slice topped with chocolate nut butter, oh my starzies... YES. You will be making this bread over and over again because you never want it to end!

chocolate cherry banana bread

It starts with perfectly ripe bananas, Silk's Black Cherry dairy-free yogurt alternative, and sweet fresh cherries. 

perfectly ripe bananas

Speaking of cherries...

Have you seen my round-up post of the most decadent, delicious, mouthwatering cherry recipes ever? Including sangria (you neeeeeed this in your life!), smoothies, cupcakes, salad, granola bars, and more.

cherries

This chocolate cherry banana bread is so easy to make (simple ingredients in just one bowl!) and perfect to share with neighbors, new moms, your kid's teacher... basically anyone you want to make HAPPY.

It stays sweet and moist from the Silk Black Cherry yogurt alternative, honey, and the fresh fruit.

bowl of cherries and yogurt

And as you may (or may not) remember, I created a lunchbox series on the blog as part of my year-long partnership with Silk. Every month, I share a new recipe and healthy lunchbox idea that's perfect for school, summer camp, or even an outing to the park. You can see the past ones here and here.

Today's lunchbox features:

  • Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread topped with nut butter ---- recipe below!
  • Morrrrrrrrrrrre cherries
  • Sesame Seed encrusted Cashews
  • Leftovers -- a small serving of teriyaki bbq salmon over quinoa and lentils

healthy lunchbox with chocolate cherry banana bread

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Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

Description

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread -- so decadent, summery, and delish! // via Nosh and Nourish

Ingredients

1 teaspoon
Vanilla Extract
2  
Ripe Bananas (small)
2  
Eggs
5 1⁄3 ounces
Silk Black Cherry Yogurt Alternative (or sub cherry Greek yogurt)
1⁄2 cup
honey
1 cup
diced cherries (pits and stems removed)
2 tablespoons
Cocoa Powder
1 1⁄2 cup
White Whole Wheat Flour (I used King Arthur's)
3 tablespoons
White Whole Wheat Flour (this is in addition to the 1.5 cups!)
1 1⁄2 teaspoon
Baking Powder
1⁄2 teaspoon
Sea Salt

Notes

To make this bread gluten-free, sub in quinoa flour in place of the white whole wheat flour.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork until they are gooey and liquid-like.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla, honey, and the yogurt. Whisk until everything is well combined and there are no lumps. Then stir in the cherries.
  4. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients: cocoa powder, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and sea salt and mix until just combined. 
  5. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and distribute evenly.
  6. Put into the oven and bake for 60 - 70 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let it cool for at least an hour. I prefer to let the bread cool completely and refrigerate overnight before slicing.
  8. Schmear with chocolate nut butter (optional, but HIGHLY encouraged!).

Yields 1 Loaf