A Spectacular Spin on Maui’s Famous Banana Bread

A Spectacular Spin on Maui’s Famous Banana Bread

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If loving Banana Bread is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. One…wait two, of my favorite things, aside from banana bread, are chocolate and black sesame.

I happened to have a container full of Black Sesame Powder and a bunch of brown bananas. It seemed fitting to fuse the two together. I typically like walnuts in banana bread, but also have friends who are allergic to nuts. Using black sesame adds a little nutty flavor without triggering a reaction for them.

Here’s my spin on Maui’s favorite quick bread and ful-filled’s recipe for Black Sesame Chocolate Banana Bread.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread


A chocolatey take on Maui-style Banana Bread!
Course Snack
Keyword Banana Bread, Black Sesame, Black Sesame Banana Bread, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup muscovado sugar
  • 1/3 cup black sesame powder
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil or other neutral oil
  • 1/4 cup milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coarse demerera sugar reserved
  • 3 tbs toasted black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 banana slice optional


  • Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees. Grease 9″x5″ loaf pan. Line loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Sift together dry ingredients: flour, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. 
  • In a stand mixer combine eggs, sugar and black sesame powder, followed by honey. Add bananas (you can pre-mash them if you prefer), oil, milk and vanilla, until combined.
  • On low speed, slowly incorporate dry ingredients into mixing bowl.
  • Hand mix mini chocolate chips into batter, then pour into baking pan.
  • Top with banana slice, toasted black sesame seeds, and demerera sugar.
  • Bake 60 minutes (depending on your oven) until center is fully cooked. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm with a little salted butter (or coconut ice cream).
Bananas Peeled

Fun Facts are Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

  • Bananas are considered a berry!
  • Black sesame is rich in B vitamins, amino acids and minerals. They are also supposed to be great at keeping grey hair at bay
  • Filled with antioxidants and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, black sesame is considered great for anti-aging
  • My toddler loves this bread!
  • I can’t believe we didn’t include banana bread in our list of 10 of the Most Instagram-Worthy Eats in Maui!

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