Double Chocolate & Whiskey Banana Bread

Double chocolate and Whiskey Banana Bread

This is my third banana bread recipe and, much like with cheesecake, I have said all that needs to be said on the general subject. However, for the benefit of those of you who are too lazy to check, I shall reiterate the main benefit of banana bread:

“As we all know, banana bread is one of those extremely useful recipes that most of us crack out when we wish to avoid waste. Indeed, for some unknown reason people often seem to be left, by the end of the week, with two or three rather brown and partially inedible bananas. It is as though they’ve read about their health benefits and have promptly forgotten their dislike for the unadulterated fruit. Still, this is a great way to use up those superfluous bananas that, in my opinion, renders the usual texture of the fruit bearable.”

Beyond frugality, there was one other characteristic I was keen to instil in this divine article; the ability to give warmth. As you might have guessed, that’s where the Irish whiskey comes in; it is a drink well known for its capacity to warm one’s cockles. Only use Irish whiskey in this recipe, since it tends to harbour a sweetness that complements desserts. Avoid Scottish whisky, for it has, in my mind, a more complex, smoky flavour and using it in such a way would be an insult both to your palette and to the whisky itself.

Double chocolate and Whiskey Banana Bread

There have rarely been cakes that deliver such satisfaction as simply as this one does; it requires only a little precision and can be whipped up in no time at all. As such, there’s very little left to say on the matter. All that is left to do is to focus one’s enjoyment on this rather spectacular cake – I think another slice is in order.

Double Chocolate & Whisky Banana Bread

Makes two 1 pound loaves


• 150g dark chocolate, 50-70% cocoa

• 150g sugar

• 115g butter, salted

• 1 dessert spoon of cocoa

• 2 eggs

• 3 ripe bananas

• 75ml Irish whiskey

• A handful or raisins or sultanas

• 230g plain flour

• 1 heaped tsp baking powder


1. Soak the raisins in the whiskey for at least an hour before hands. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease two 1 pound loaf tins. Mush the bananas into a pulp with a fork.

2. Melt 50g of the chocolate and the butter in a bowl suspended above boiling water. Tip this into a bowl containing the sugar and mix together, whisking in the cocoa. Once the mixture has cooled a little beat in the eggs, bananas as well as the raisins, whiskey and the rest of the chocolate in chunks. Fold in the flour and baking powder and tip into the tins.

3. Bake at for 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes at 150C. They are ready when they cease to make a sound or a knife comes out clean when inserted. You may serve immediately if desired.

Double chocolate and Whiskey Banana BreadDouble chocolate and Whiskey Banana Bread

Cost: I’m always in two minds whether to include the cost of bananas in banana bread, because if it wasn’t made then they’d only go to waste. However, in order to be as accurate and impartial as possible I think I must. As such, the cost of these cakes should be no more than £3.60 – a rather delicious price I think you’ll agree.

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109 comments on “Double Chocolate & Whiskey Banana Bread

  1. sophiezest
    October 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Now this looks rather fine. If only I had some whisky. Buying a bottle would defeat the object of the recipe, I think.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks! Not if you intend to use it all in the end!

  2. christinajane
    October 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Your bananas aren’t even brown! Gosh mine have to be almost attracting fruit flies before they go into banana bread. Love the idea of making a chocolate versian. I bet this would be wonderful lightly grilled with yoghurt and fruit too.

    • Korena in the Kitchen
      October 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Ha, that’s what I thought too! Mine are usually practically black – they’re sweeter then, too.

      I can’t say no to banana bread, especially one with chocolate AND booze in it.

      • frugalfeeding
        October 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

        Well, to be honest, they weren’t quite gone but I didn’t have time to wait :D.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      I know! I didn’t have time to wait – besides, I hate eating them normally. I wouldn’t grill it, but yoghurt goes well!

  3. Doggy's Style
    October 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Yay!! You know I’ll be using your recipes this weekend.

  4. Jacqueline Raposo (@DustyBakerGal)
    October 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, the title of this sent me into immediate drool-mode. Might have to make this at work so that I don’t eat it all… gluten-freeing it shouldn’t be hard in this one. Yum! And congrats on the move, FF!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Haha – that’s funny, everyone has been saying that. gluten free would be VERY easy! Thanks! Nearly complete!

  5. thecompletecookbook
    October 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    🙂 Mandy

  6. musingmar
    October 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    What a delicious looking cake! And thank you for the tutorial on Irish vs Scottish whiskey. I’m afraid I’ve little to no experience with this libation. Hmm, time to do some field research perhaps?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks! Field research is definitely required. I didn’t want anyone spoiling their cake or whisky…

  7. lorrielorrieb
    October 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Oh YEAH!!

  8. Karista
    October 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    The title alone made me click immediately! Divine. Thanks for the tip about the Irish whiskey as I have scottish whiskey in the cupboard. Another excuse to buy whiskey. 🙂 So glad you’re loving Bristol. Looks like a beautiful place to live.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      It;s the whiskey, I think! To be honest, I generally prefer Irish… or bourbon. It is such a lovely city.

  9. People Like Food
    October 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    The bread looks delish but I really love tumbler in the background – I need to find some tumblers like that!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      A proper whiskey drinking tumbler! they can’t be that hard to find.

  10. Cathy
    October 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I have three ripe bananas in my kitchen… 😉 Love the idea of whisky in it, AND chocolate. Yum!

  11. spree
    October 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Well, who’d a thunk it? And now, who could forget it? Sounds dee-lightful! Enjoy Bristol!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Hah, thanks, Spree! I am enjoying Bristol – such a fantastic city.

  12. arzea
    October 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Omg this is too much!!

  13. The Healthy Flavor
    October 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Beautiful!! I love how you write and am enjoying your blog 🙂

  14. Villy
    October 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    OMG. I recently posted a chocolate chunk banana bread, but it did not have whiskey! What a game changer! I want to buy an Irish whiskey only to make this now!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Get a little bottle perhaps? they are very cheap.

  15. glitzgirlzglamourguide
    October 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    This sounds yummy! The Four Seasons makes a whiskey toffee bread pudding with ice cream thats to die for! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Chocolate Chilli Mango®
    October 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Love this recipe! Loving your blog … recipes and stories are fabulous. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you think so 🙂 Especially since you take such lovely shots yourself.

  17. narf77
    October 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    There are no words for this recipe…just a pure crystal clear vision…me…this bread…a glass of fine Irish malt whiskey and pure unadultarated happiness…moments like these are what makes living good! You just gave me an Anthony Bourdain moment! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Haha! It is definitely unadulterated. Enjoy your moment 😀

      • narf77
        October 14, 2012 at 1:26 am

        Even I would have to make that bread last at least a few moments…several moments of unadulterated pleasure (and drunken singing like the crew on Black Books no doubt with a most Irish Lien…). A wonderful recipe and one that Anthony Bourdain would pinch in an instant and call his own 🙂

        • frugalfeeding
          October 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

          Hah – thanks. You do give fantastic comments!

  18. egg me on
    October 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    You can never have too many banana bread recipes! This is for when you have those boozy chocolate cravings. Which, are probably quite often for some people.

  19. Simran S. & Stacie D.
    October 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    yummmm….i want a piece right now…sounds and looks amazing.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Well, it’s very simple to make :D. Thanks!

  20. onceuponarecipe
    October 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I’m rather certain that whiskey makes everything better! Even though I can’t stand to drink the stuff straight…

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      I think so, I really do. I did a whiskey tasting session before a night out recently… I can’t say it was amazing.

  21. petit4chocolatier
    October 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    When I saw whiskey and chocolate my heart was skipping! Then I read dark chocolate, chocolate cocoa powder and Irish whiskey within the ingredients – Triple Yummy!!!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Haha – it’s the cake that keeps on giving!

  22. Alysa
    October 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Husband just went out to get dark chocolate and Irish Whiskey to make this. Didn’t want to waste the Highland Park.

  23. Smedette
    October 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

    You had me at “whiskey”.

  24. Keep Calm and Eat On
    October 11, 2012 at 12:43 am

    This recipe is a keeper.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Oh, it really is – the best banana bread I’ve ever had.

  25. Jen
    October 11, 2012 at 2:43 am

    This looks amazing! I may try it with a (non-smoky) bourbon.

  26. Alicia
    October 11, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Wow! Sounds like perfection!

  27. TheSurvivalGuy
    October 11, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Reblogged this on thesurvivalplaceblog.

  28. whilehewasout
    October 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    This banana bread seems to reich and delicious! Gorgeous ship on that pretty picture too.

  29. Claire Sambolino
    October 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’m not usually a fan of bananas but this looks very inviting.

  30. theglobalgarnishgeek
    October 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    You do such nice flavor combinations. I love banana/chocolate but the whiskey adds a great twist.

    Have fun in Bristol — a great location near some of my favorite places including Brecon Beacons, great golf and the coastal walk…..

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks! To be honest, it’s not that near the Brecon Beacons – probably 1.5-2 hours drive to get right into them. But yes, the Brecons are wonderful!

  31. felicia sullivan
    October 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    love this!! I’ve been tinkering with varying extracts in my banana breads (just did one with almond milk, almond extract, nutella + chocolate), but am itching to try your version.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      That sounds great. Yes, do – I know you’ll love it.

  32. baconbiscuit212
    October 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Yummy, Nick! I would make this with Bourbon!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Yes, that would work very well too, Daisy – as you clearly know. 😀

  33. Somer
    October 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I purposefully buy extra bananas so I can make banana bread/muffins, your double chocolate recipe is right up my alley! p.s. we all want to know what it is you actually do for work…?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Ahha – great idea :). You’d love this (with a few tweaks). Go to and look at some of the news stories.

      • Somer
        October 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        Nick, this makes me like you even more! In a non-affectionate sort of way 😉 ! Kudos! Great writing by the way!

        • frugalfeeding
          October 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

          Haha – now, now. Thanks, Somer!

  34. Our Growing Paynes
    October 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Oh my, definitely taking banana bread to a new level!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks – it probably was the best I’ve ever had.

  35. girl about town dayton
    October 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I’m so trying this, thanks for sharing!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Awesome – I hope you enjoy it! no problem.

  36. Kate Olsson
    October 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    A tipsy dark-choc banana bread.. Love it!

  37. Inge
    October 12, 2012 at 12:45 am

    This is a must try!

  38. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    October 12, 2012 at 4:08 am

    My goodness.. your photos just keep getting better and better!! I love this set! And of course, Irish are always sweeter.. everyone knows that;) Good luck with your flat!! xx

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks, Barbara! I do try :D. Thanks – just waiting on the internet!

  39. Susan at Savvy Single Suppers
    October 12, 2012 at 4:58 am

    My extended family is going to be in need of lots of comfort food in the coming weeks dealing with a serious illness for my dad. Chocolate and booze fit into that category. I have a freezer-load of over-ripe bananas and sweet breads travel well, too. WIll fire up my oven this weekend! Thanks FF.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that! Still, at least you can make this 🙂

  40. Kimby
    October 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    You’ve elevated “recycle-the-bananas before they’re totally unsalvageable” to another level with this banana bread. (It would almost be a disservice NOT to!) I love your culinary creativity, Nick, which is why I nominated you for a Liebster Award… 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Hehe, thanks, Kimby!It’s good to be creative!

  41. benleeirene
    October 13, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Congratulations! I nominated you for Inspiring Blogger Award; to accept and participate, go here:

  42. veronicacloudbusta
    October 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Now this may actually get my husband to eat banana bread! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      I’m sure it will! It was very nice – whiskey always does the trick!

  43. marymtf
    October 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I usually prefer my whiskey straight and my bananas disguised. I’m happy to sacrifice the former so I can rid myself of the latter. Thanks so much.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Yes, bananas are best disguised! I’ve gone off straight whiskey though.

  44. cosybites
    October 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    What a delish combination!!

  45. eclectic faerie
    October 24, 2012 at 12:25 am

    this looks and sounds fantastic!

    i haven’t visited in a while & you’d mentioned earlier purchasing a “good” camera… YIKES are your photos getting ever more gorgeous ~ best wishes on continued success with this beautiful food blog

  46. Ruth
    November 4, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Oh, goodness! Whiskey, chocolate, and banana? Three of my favorite things to put in my belly! Things could get dangerous in my kitchen in the near future!