Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread – The Paleo Kitchen

I’m so excited to share another one of my favorite recipes from my brand new book The Paleo Kitchen (I allow you to go buy it now and then read the rest of this). I am actually getting teary eyed writing this post. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever know how to cook, never mind publish an amazing cookbook. I can honestly say I poured every ounce of work, love, passion, sweat and any other mechanisms you can think of into this book. Every page that gets turned has a story and a memory for us. Now, we get to share that with you. I am thinking of buying a baby carrier to always have my first ever book with me. Would you laugh at me? I hope you would because I am going to do it anyways and we can laugh together.

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This banana bread recipe is just one of over 120 brand new recipes in the book and we picked it to share, well honestly because it makes us want to eat the screen. I am hoping that it carries the same effect with you, so you get to have the euphoric taste bud experience we are intending on. The book is over 340 pages and has everything you need to know from shopping lists, to tips of making cooking easier and even tear out guides to hang on your fridge and keep you on track. There may be some pictures of me shoving cookies in my face on the pages too, so have a nice laugh. Don’t forget to get the book here and start cooking. Oh I suppose I can show you the cover too, here you go:

The Paleo Kitchen

Speaking of laughs, I figured I would share one more.  I was feeling really free and powerful so I stepped out of my comfort zone and recorded myself singing Let it Go.  Life is too short to not savor every moment and play big.  If you’re scared to sing SING!!! If you’re scared to dance – DANCE!!! If you’re scared to love, open up your heart and pour love into the world.  You get to be a difference every day.  Here is your best laugh of the day, and when you are done don’t forget to grab our book!!!!

4.5 from 21 reviews
Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread - The Paleo Kitchen
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Serves: 1 loaf
For the pan
For the banana bread:
For the swirl:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-5-inch metal loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the bananas, eggs, butter, and almond butter in a food processor or mixing bowl and mix until the ingredients are well blended. Add the coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and salt and continue to mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  3. In a double boiler over medium-low heat, mix together the swirl ingredients. Heat, stirring often, until the chocolate has melted.
  4. Pour the bread batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. As soon as you pour the batter, pour the chocolate swirl directly on top and use a knife to swirl the chocolate throughout the loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before serving.

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  1. George, have never bought a book that has so many great recipes in it – your passion pours out into our kitchen, thank you!

    Never made a recipe that I didn’t like – and they’re quick with everyday ingredients, this book is a winner.

  2. I found this recipe a couple of months ago and have made it four times now. The first 3 times I used almond butter but yesterday I realized I was out halfway through, so I used some peanut butter that I had on hand(no added salt/sugar). It was still delicious, and not super peanut-y! I’d venture to say this recipe would work with most nut butters.

    I love this recipe, and so do my kids and the hubby! It is gone within 24 hours after making it. Do yourself a favor a lick the spoon after making the chocolate sauce…Mmmm

  3. Just made your original banana bread according to the video because I could not find a link to this page. The video says to use 1/2 c melted butter, not 1/4 cup as in the emails I got. It still tasted good. And I wish I had used the parchment paper to line the pan because the loaf stuck to the bottom even though I had greased it liberally. :/

    It was not super sweet, but even my boys seemed to like it. But the chocolate or the addition of other things for muffins has me wanting to make this again. Chocolate and honey will make it a tad sweeter and hopefully closer to the usual (for us – I used to use brown sugar in my old recipe, it gives it a depth of flavor; wondering if the honey will do that too) flavor of banana bread. Now I need to buy extra bananas again so that when they get spotty I can make the chocolate

  4. if using banana or plantain flour, would it be used in the same amount as coconut flour? (can’t use coconut in our household…)

  5. So good!! But it went fast. Everyone who came over, paleo or not was blown away by this bread. It’s going into my regular rotation. Thank you!

  6. Hi George-

    First off… Thank you. Just for everything and for not being afraid to show the world who you are. People can be pretty damn mean sometimes. Second-YUM! I just made your plain banana bread with a tablespoon of cinnamon and it was epic. I ran out of Ghee and didn’t have any unsalted butter in the house so i just skipped the second part. Granted I already had my eggs for breakfast but I needed to sample this… you know to make sure my husband would like it. ;)
    Thanks again, this was super-duper awesome! (it wont let me make it 5 stars… but it is a 5 star recipe for sure)

  7. this recipe sounds yummy– however I have a serious nut allergy in my household. Was wondering what could be substituted for the almond butter? Thanks for your help.

    1. I don’t substitute ingredients in the recipe because it would make it a different recipe altogether. I am sorry about your issues with nuts, but I have nothing to offer as a suggestion.

        1. I make mine with sunflower seeds too in order to be ‘nut free’. Still nutty…. and very delicious!

  8. I just received my book via Amazon here in Australia. Can’t wait to make this it looks and sounds amazing. I’m new to paleo and am hoping to share similar recipes here in oz soon. Thx for being so inspirational and sharing your experience with us.

  9. Oh dear. I LOVE that you really can’t sing and yet you still posted that. Fabulous. You just need a couple or three kids in the back to get full enjoyment out of it. Love your work.

  10. A really want to mk this! It look delicious. But my ques is, can coconut flour be substituted for almond flour? After trying coconut
    Flour numerous times I really dont like it at all.

  11. As much as I hate this song (sorry every one) but you made me actually listen to it. Hahaha that was hilarious. And I though am the only one sing like this on the car.
    Oh the banana bread turned to be awesome. Thanks
    One more thing. You are agreat cooker, forget about singing :))

  12. This is the first recipe we’ve tried from The Paleo Kitchen book that arrived yesterday and it is soooo good! Will definitely make it again. We’ve substituted butter for coconut oil and added some pecans. Thank you!

  13. I’ve made your regular paleo banana bread & love it. It is a breakfast staple for me, so thank you very much!
    Do you think either of the banana bread recipes could be made with zucchini?

  14. ***I tried to send this to you through your “Contact” link, but the email failed to send so I’m just posting it as a comment here instead! :)***

    Hi! I just listened to the podcast from Paleohacks that you were a guest on. I had never heard of you before (I’m fairly new to this Paleo thing myself – one month in and LOVING it!), but you so strongly impacted me that I felt compelled to contact you and share. Your positive outlook on life and contagious spirit is amazing!! I absolutely love your attitude about life. I don’t know if you truly realize how inspiring you are and how many people you can help with the message you bring. It was exactly what I needed to hear!

    I also have recovered from an eating disorder. I struggled with anorexia along with self-harm for several years, been in treatment several times, and have basically lived through the hell that goes along with all of that. I finally got to the point where I could be semi-“normal” with food and eating, but now I can say that I’ve gone a step further and have been truly embracing my health and my body, and caring for and nourishing it like it deserves. It’s such a different mindset than just “eat normally and be recovered.” I am the happiest I’ve ever been! I’ve been married to the love of my life for almost 3 years now (who is actually joining the Marines! Shipping to basic in August), and life couldn’t be better. :) I dream of making a difference in other people’s lives much like what you’re doing now. It’s hard to know where to start, but I figure I can’t go wrong starting with me. :) Anyway, just wanted to tell you that you inspired the heck out of me today and I really connected with everything you were saying! So thank you, and I look forward to following you and being inspired some more!! And who knows, maybe someday I’ll have my own blog or something (since I loooove to cook!), and I can inspire you back. :)

    Have an amazing day!

  15. Hi George, I just wanted to say that I love your blog–it was very helpful to me when I started Paleo over a year ago. I have made so many of your recipes and love them. This banana bread is fantastic! I made it as written the first two times (except I bake it in 3 mini loaf pans for about 35 minutes.) This last time, I used coconut oil to make it dairy free. I omitted the chocolate swirl and stirred 1 teaspoon cinnamon and the 1/2 cup of enjoy life chocolate chips into the batter. It was a big hit with my sister-in-law, who can’t have dairy. I like to mix this up in the blender–it gets the batter really smooth and then is easy to pour into the bread pans. Thanks again for the great recipes. I am excited to get your new cookbook!

  16. My mom and I baked this earlier and just had a slice of it! Omggg it’s delicious! We used coconut oil instead of the butter and sun butter instead of almond butter. It’s so moist, it’s awesome :) We will definitely be making this again.

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