Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Candied Bacon

banana bread with candied baconI’m back! You know that feeling when you’re catching up with a friend whom you haven’t seen in ages, and you’re both talking nonstop trying to update each other on what’s happened with your life since you were last together? That’s how I feel right now, you guys, my mind is going a hundred miles a minute! Can we stay up all night gabbing while eating ice cream sundaes? I prefer vanilla ice cream topped with chunks of fudgy brownies and drizzled with dulce de leche. (And boy oh boy, do I have some fudgy brownies coming up soon!)

The month of June was a whirlwind. I spent most of my time with my sweet parents and sister, and it felt really nice being on vacation, exploring the city, and traveling a little bit. I also have a new job! Next week I’m starting work at a super cool ad agency here in Boston. As for blog business, I signed up a couple of brand sponsors, and I’ve been receiving a lot of delicious samples in the mail, which I’ll share with you guys in my next Good Eats post.

But for now, CHOCOLATE and BACON in Banana Bread.

Recently I received several pounds of bacon in the mail, and I wanted to experiment with some sweet and savory recipes. I’m working with Jones Dairy Farm, a wonderful family-owned company that produces all-natural bacon, ham, and other meat products. It’s the same company that sent me and a few other bloggers on a trip to the Culinary Institute of America a few months ago. I’ve met the Jones Dairy Farm folks and they are so passionate about their craft, so I really admire the company. They also just released a 125th Anniversary Cookbook, A Celebration of Taste: 125 Recipes Celebrating 125 Years which you can read for free!

banana bread mix chocolate chips and baconcandied baconI love banana bread and I’ve been wanting to make one studded with dark chocolate chips. I decided to amp it up even more by adding chopped up candied bacon. Yes, that would be bacon covered in dark brown sugar, baked until crispy, and then chopped in little pieces. I strongly urge you to make one or two extra strips for snacking. (Just look at those glistening strips!)

I used coconut oil in this quick bread – it lends an intoxicating smell while baking and ensures a tender loaf. Plus, I like the tropical combination of bananas and coconut.

chocolate chip bacon banana bread

oven baked candied bacon bacon chocolate banana bread

This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Candied Bacon is incredible. The banana bread is soft and sweet, with slight undertones of caramel from the brown sugar. The dark chocolate chips lend an intense dessert-like flavor, and the pieces of candied bacon – OMG the candied bacon! – makes the most delicious salty-sweet bite.

Yield: 1 loaf

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Candied Bacon

Ingredients

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1 teaspoon butter to grease loaf pan
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Candied Bacon

6 slices bacon (I used Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Cherrywood Smoked Bacon)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make the candied bacon. Arrange 6 (or 8) slices of bacon on a baking sheet lined with foil. Pat brown sugar on both sides. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until crispy. Chop into little pieces, roughly the size of chocolate chips.
  3. Make the banana bread. Butter a 9" x 5" loaf pan, then dust with flour.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together sugars and eggs.Add coconut oil, mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  6. Fold in flour mixture.
  7. Add chocolate chips and chopped candied bacon.
  8. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for an hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.

chocolate chip banana bread with candied bacon

Eagle-eyed readers may notice that I used only six slices of candied bacon in the recipe, when I clearly have eight slices pictured above. But I already mentioned making an extra slice or two for snacking, right? I may have been gone for a month, but that doesn’t mean my eating habits have changed.

Thank you, my dear readers, for sticking around while I went on a little blog hiatus. There will be more stories and food coming next week!

For more bacon-centric and other mouth-watering recipes, you can follow Jones Dairy Farm on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram.

Disclosure: I received compensation and product samples to develop this recipe for Jones Dairy Farm.

 

   

51 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Candied Bacon”

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    Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat posted July 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Oh My!!! This bread looks amazing. You had me at candied bacon!!! Pinning!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Thanks, Shannon! The candied bacon is addicting!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? posted July 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Guuurrrlllll, banana bread with chocolate is such a weakness for me and then you went and added bacon! I bet this is the bomb. Can’t wait to make it!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Thanks, Leah! I regret giving away the entire loaf (after I had two slices, of course). I’ll just have to bake another one ;)

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life posted July 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

    OMG! This bread sounds so fab! I’ve never had candied bacon before (…I don’t think), but I think it’s safe to say I’d love it! Mmmm. And congrats on your job – it sounds awesome!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Thanks, Alyssa! I’m excited for the new job!

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    Christina Orso posted July 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

    now that’s a combo i’ve never seen. i think i love it!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Since you and I have very similar likes, I think you will :)

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    Kelly posted July 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Seriously, this sounds amazing!! I’ve never had a bacon/chocolate pairing before but I know I’d love it!! Definitely adding this to the list of things to bake!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Kelly! For some reason I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate-covered bacon, but I definitely was all over this!

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    Barbara posted July 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Looks awesome! Love those flavors together and I can’t wait to try your recipe!
    (Wish I’d had that bacon for breakfast. Yum.)

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Barbara! Me, too. Breakfast AND lunch…

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted July 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulations on all of it Bianca – the new job, the sponsors :) And the great recipe – beautiful. Welcome back

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you, Tricia! I appreciate it!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout posted July 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Congrats! This recipe is ridiculous in the BEST way possible and I love the photos :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Medha! Ridiculous recipes are the best.

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    whatjessicabakednext posted July 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This bread looks divine, Bianca! Love the candied bacon- amazing addition!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you! I’m starting to crave it again now!

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    Alessandra // the foodie teen posted July 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Candied bacon = genius! Yum!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks, Alessandra. Let me know if you ever end up making this!

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    Ami@NaiveCookCooks posted July 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Whoa I just made coconut banana bread and this combo girl = to die for!!!
    Never thought about this combo, this is blowing my mind away!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks, Ami! Coconut banana bread sounds pretty good to me, too!

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    Megan posted July 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Happy you’re back to blogging! This looks amazing!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Megan! The break was fun, but I definitely missed being here :)

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella posted July 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    What a great combo Bianca! I’m totally sold on it :D

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Lorraine! This was a big hit with my friends!

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    Shannon posted July 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    i wish someone sent me pounds of bacon in the mail :) what a fabulous loaf of banana bread!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 1st, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks, Shannon! Hehe I made some broccoli with bacon, too ;) It has become a staple!

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    Monica posted July 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Hey, Bianca! Good luck with the new job and all ahead. Glad to see this post…my goodness, this banana bread with bacon is genius! I want to taste it badly! And Jones Dairy Farm- I buy their sausage links and patties religiously and it’s always in my freezer! I wasn’t aware of their other products so thanks.

    • Bianca Garcia replied July 4th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you, Monica! You should def try their other products. Hope you are enjoying the holiday!

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    PassTheKnife posted July 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I recently had candied bacon and I was hooked!! This looks so good, I love that the bread has lots of texture from the yummy bits.

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted July 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Oh no you didn’t! Hold the phone – do I even need to mention how brilliant this Banana Bread is?? Lovelovelove this!

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    Molly Galler posted July 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Welcome back! So glad you had a great vacation with the family. Congrats on the new job! So exciting. Though I’m a vegetarian, this sure does look delicious.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted July 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    This banana bread sounds totally perfect! Love the recipe!

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    Liz posted July 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Welcome back! It sounds like you had a terrific break. Love this sweet salty combo in your banana bread…yum!!!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted July 3, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Candied bacon and chocolate in a banana bread? what a nifty welcome home.

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    Choc Chip Uru posted July 3, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I am so glad to see you back again! What a delicious way enter the blogging sphere again :D
    I bet the bacon fans everywhere are swooning!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Joanne posted July 3, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I’m so happy you’ve been doing so many happy fun things! That’s what I like to hear! This banana bread sounds like DA BOMB. Sweet salty yum.

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted July 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

    The salty and sweet tastes in this sounds absolutely incredible!

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    Samantha Angela posted July 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Chocolate chips and bacon, hello! That’s awesome.
    Bacon is such the “it” ingredient these days. and i like it.

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    Monet posted July 4, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Wow Bianca! So many good things happening! And this bread! WOW! You’ve elevated banana bread to a whole new level of delicious!

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    grace posted July 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    i don’t think i’ve ever seen bacon in banana bread before but it makes perfect sense to me, especially if chocolate’s there too. awesome.

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com posted July 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Bianca, I’m not one of those who likes to bacon-up everything, though I do love good bacon — but I must say, *this* looks good to me! Like you, I would have cooked a couple extra slices for a snack!

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    Melanie @ Bon Appét'Eat posted July 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Congrats on the new job, so exiting!
    You really picked my curiosity with this recipe!
    Ps: you didn’t abandoned your readers, I saw you on Insta ;)

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    Allison posted July 5, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Whoa! Salty sweet combo is always nice. And congrats on your new job -banana bread is the best way to celebrate!

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs posted July 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

    BACON, BANANA AND CHOCOLATE???
    Brb dying.
    This looks soooooooo good.
    Congrats on the new job, gal!!! I cannot wait to see all of your new recipes!
    Also, I hope you had a lovely time with your fam! xxx

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite posted July 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    No freaking way!!!! Chocolate banana bread with CANDIED BACON?!?!?!!? YES YES YES! This is amazing!

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods posted July 6, 2014 at 12:38 am

    My goodness! That bacon looks delicious. I’ve never had candied bacon , but I can only imagine how amazing that must taste. I love this bread and flavor combination, love love sweet and salty :D I know my guys would love this!

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen posted July 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Nice to have you back in the blogging world!!

    This is such a gorgeous ‘nana bread (I can never have enough Banana bread in my life!!). Banana Bread with chocolate chips and coconut oil is one of my favourite desserts ever!! I wonder if subbing the candied bacon for candied coconut ‘bacon’ would work? This sweet and salty combo is divine! I am sending this recipe to my stepdad who would actually drool over this recipe! :)

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    Mike@TheIronYou posted July 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Banana bread with bacon? Where it has been all my life?
    Looks amazing Bianca!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner posted July 8, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Brilliant idea for adding bacon!

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