Rocky Road Banana Bread

Shake up your banana bread with chocolate chips, walnuts, and marshmallows – this Rocky Road Banana Bread is an unexpected, delicious, chocolatey hit!

loaf of rocky road banana bread in the loaf pan on an orange pink and white dish towel

Last week, I shared this maple glazed banana bread, and a little story about how my neighbor accidentally had 28 bunches of bananas delivered via Peapod.  As you can probably imagine, one loaf of maple glazed banana bread did not make a dent in my newfound banana stash.

And thus I bring you the next dessert in our Banana Overload series: Rocky Road Banana Bread!

loaf of chocolate rocky road banana bread topped with marshmallows and walnuts

The idea for rocky road banana bread actually stemmed from a discussion in my lab at work.  I don’t know how we got on the subject, but no one could agree on what actually went into rocky road (the ice cream version).

A little Wikipedia searching led us to discover that rocky road on its own is actually a type of candy, and the ingredients differ by country of origin.  Who knew?!

side view of an uncut loaf of rocky road banana bread

What is Rocky Road?

If you live anywhere other than the US, rocky road is apparently a kind of breakable candy, made from ground up cookies, melted chocolate, and marshmallows.  I’ve never actually had it, but I picture it kind of like a chocolate bark: take all your ingredients, mix them up, and spread on a pan to cool.  (Looking for an authentic rocky road recipe? Try this one from BBC Good Food.)

The actual ingredients differ by country, although the idea is the same.  According to Wikipedia, the Bahrain version of rocky road is made from chocolate, nutella, and pistachio — I’m pretty sure I have to try this out ASAP!  Meanwhile, in Australia, they mix in some glace cherries and coconut, too.

 

Here in America, rocky road is an ice cream flavor.  It usually consists of chocolate ice cream with walnuts and chopped marshmallows, and sometimes bits of solid chocolate, too.

Armed with my newfound knowledge on what goes into American rocky road, I decided I needed to make some sort of rocky road themed baked good.

My first thought was a bundt cake for my Bundt Cake of the Month series.  But then several bunches of bananas (literally) showed up at my door, and Rocky Road Banana Bread seemed like the obvious choice!

slices of rocky road banana bread arranged on a white serving dish

How to Make Rocky Road Banana Bread

I made this a chocolate banana bread by swapping out some of the flour for cocoa powder.  I also went with brown sugar for a little extra richness and moisture.

And then the most important part: mixing in some chocolate chips, walnuts, and marshmallows!  I had whole marshmallows on hand, so I cut these smaller, but miniature marshmallows would be even easier.

Don’t forget to set aside some extra mix-ins to top your rocky road banana bread!

one slice of rocky road banana bread on a yellow plate

This also came along for our week at the shore, and disappeared in the first day or two.  I felt like I brought way too many baked goods, and yet *poof* everything disappeared quickly.  Funny how that happens.  ?

I’m not sure if everyone got the “rocky road” association, versus a chocolate banana bread with nuts and gooey melted marshmallows.  But regardless, it’s a delicious twist on a classic quick bread, and one you should definitely try!

overhead photo of a slice of chocolate banana bread on a yellow plate

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Rocky Road Banana Bread

Yield: 12 Slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Shake up your banana bread with chocolate chips, walnuts, and marshmallows, reminiscent of the flavor of classic rocky road ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips + more for topping
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts + more for topping
  • 1 cup chopped marshmallows + more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, continuing to mix after each addition. Add in the bananas and vanilla extract, continuing to mix until no lumps of bananas remain.
  3. Slowly add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until no streaks of flour remain in the batter. Fold in the chocolate chips, walnuts, and marshmallows.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then invert into a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.

Notes

Banana bread will keep at room temperature for 3 days, refrigerated for a week, or frozen for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286 Total Fat: 14g Carbohydrates: 38g Sugar: 18g Protein: 5g
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