Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

Cover Recipe:  Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze, Cooking Light- Oct. 2013

Cover Recipe: Cooking Light– Oct. 2013:  Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

As soon as this month’s Cooking Light appeared in my mailbox, I knew I’d be interested in making this cover recipe: Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze. The cover of Cooking Light’s October 2013 issue features their “All-Time Favorite Recipes”- 25 Best-Ever Dishes. I’m all for browsing through a “best-of” list!

The CL staff combed the archives, grilled readers and polled online users to help compile their list. Turns out that their list was waaayyy too long to publish, so they retested everything. Some recipes were nixed by the judges, some were revised slightly and some passed with no alterations at all. The final 25 were dubbed, “true favorites.” The Banana Bread nabbed the cover spotlight, but other dishes included in the list are things like Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos, Fresh Pear Cocktail, Saucy Chicken Marsala, Whole-Wheat Buttermilk and Orange Pancakes, Fresh Lemonade Cake, Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie, Slow Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic-Browned Butter and Mashed Potato Casserole. Read my notes below to see what I thought of the cover recipe…

Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

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Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices)

Prep Time: 12min

Cook Time: 60 min


1 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 2/3 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 large egg whites
9 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
2 1/2 tablespoons half-and-half
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine sugar and butter in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add the banana, milk, sour cream, and egg whites.

3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended (do not overbeat). Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch metal loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool on rack.

4. Place half-and-half and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 1 minute or until chocolate melts, stirring every 20 seconds. Cool slightly; drizzle over bread.


*I used 3 good-sized bananas, and that was not enough to make 1 2/3 cups... so I suggest 4 bananas, or 3 large.
*I used extra-large eggs since I am baking at 6,000 feet.
*I used an additional 1/2 teaspoon of half-and-half to thin out the chocolate glaze a little bit more.
*One hour was perfect timing for doneness of the bread.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/16th of the loaf
Calories per serving: 184
Fat per serving: 5.2g
Saturated Fat per serving: 3.1g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">190mg
Fiber per serving: 1.3g
Protein per serving: 3g
Cholesterol per serving: 11mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 32.6g

Source: Cooking Light, October 2013

The results:

The recipe was simple to make- kind of your typical banana bread recipe. I think everyone probably mentioned this recipe because it is no-fail- it comes out very moist and tender, and it’s nice that it’s lighter in calories too. I would imagine it’s a lot of people’s go-to banana bread recipe. The glaze was added by the editors when it was chosen as an all-time favorite. I wasn’t crazy about the chocolate glaze at all. Since I like to eat banana bread for breakfast, I don’t think it needs a glaze. Oh, and the recipe says it has 16 servings. I can’t imagine cutting a loaf into 16 pieces. I’d say it’s more like 8 generous slices!

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

I’m kind of on the fence with this one. I really like this banana bread, and I actually make this recipe all the time for my family. However, I don’t think adding the chocolate glaze was at all necessary. But I do agree that the banana bread itself is one of their all-time best recipes.

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

16 Responses to “Herbed Cheese Pizza”

  1. 1

    VeggieGirl — October 26, 2009 @ 5:21 am

    Atypical and fabulous! :)

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — October 26, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    I have that copy of Cooking Light, and I have been thinking about making the pizza. Thanks for testing it out for me. Yours looks absolutely gorgeous!

  3. 3

    Barbara Bakes — October 26, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    I could fall in love with light pizza!

  4. 4

    Louise — October 26, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    This pizza recipe would have been just perfect for the pizza party! I’m really liking your new blog Lori. Very cool…

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    Aggie — October 26, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    Mouthwatering…I loved this on the cover when I got my mag. I’m such a sucker for pizza…
    I like the newer layout of CL too, seems like they are packing it with a ton of great recipes! And it’s cleaner and more organized. Great pick for you to review! Am really enjoying your new blog! :)

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    Terri Archibald — October 26, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    I’m very happy with the recent changes made by Cooking Light also. It is one of the magazines that I get very excited to see in the mailbox! Regarding the pizza recipe, I’m very excited to try it. I’m all about the crust. Thanks for checking it out for all of us!

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    wasabi prime — October 26, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    This looks so delicious! Again, great helpful commentary about the recipe and tips for substitutions. I never have everything a recipe calls for and I usually forget to shop for it!

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    Phoo-D — October 26, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    This looks terrific. I’ll have to scout out that Greek cheese- I’ve never heard of it before!

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — October 26, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    Yum! That looks really good. I’ve been enjoying the new Cooking Light as well and this cover definitely caught my eye when I received this issue.

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    France — October 26, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    Your photo should be on the cover of a magazine. This pizza looks so good.

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    CookiePie — October 26, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

    Love this! Gorgeous photo, and I love that you tried freezing the dough. And I totally agree about the changes to CL – great magazine!

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    jo — October 27, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

    Oh wow – I can already smell pizza in the air. This looks absolutely yummy and would love to have a slice.

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    NJ — October 28, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    I recently found and subscribed to your blog. I love the concept and am enjoying the posts. Your photo inspires me to try the pizza more than theirs did. Looking forward to more recipes and pictures.

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    Sues — October 28, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    Your pizza looks prettier than the one on the cover! I love a good “light” pizza :)

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    Jill — October 28, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

    This is such a great concept for a blog. Loved the spider cake and this pizza looks DELICIOUS and even better than the cover. I’m not sure if it would have caught my attention, but after seeing yours and reading an information post, I think I’ll have to try it too. :)

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    Bethany — November 6, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    That looks amazing!!

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