Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

I've joked before that we either cannot keep enough bananas in the house or we have a pile of black ones waiting to be baked! There's no middle ground with my son-- either all or none! I've been playing with different types of banana bread and muffins, but was looking for something new for a change. I've added chocolate chips to my banana bread before, but never thought to do a chocolate base bread, much less a double chocolate bread! I wasn't sure how much of the banana flavor would actually come through with the amount of chocolate in the recipe, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it really held its own. There is a definite banana flavor to the bread and it goes so well with the chocolate foundation. This might be my new 'go to' recipe for ripe bananas.

**Melanie, at Sister's Cafe, stated that she preferred to use a Dutch Process cocoa when making her bread. I followed her advice and it really did make a big difference. You can use either, but if you have the Dutch Process available, I'd second her recommendation.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups mashed bananas (about 3)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350. Spray bottom of 8x4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Beat sugar, eggs, and oil in large bowl at medium speed until combined. Beat in banana and vanilla at low speed. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; beat into banana mixture at low speed just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

Source: The Sister's Cafe

9 comments:

  1. This looks so rich and delicious! WOW! I've never had a chocolate banana bread, or even banana bread with chocolate chips, but I have had bananas dipped in chocolate and the flavors went together very well. This is one I will have to try! About the popcorn. It tastes like the lightly salted kind that you can pop in the bag, or like air popped popcorn. I didn't put any butter on it, so it didn't taste like the movie theater butter, but it was good. You could add your own seasonings and change the taste to what you like. I was very happy with the way it turned out. I think you could cut the oil back to 1/2 tsp. It seemed like all the oil just soaked into the bag any way.

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  2. I saw this listed on their blog and had it bookmarked to try! I'm glad that you guys liked it--you know I obviously trust your opinion :) I'm thinking, though, that not to be selfish, but I may make this for myself and hide it from Marcus and the kids! Marcus has NO self-control and Jake is hyper enough, without adding additional chocolate to the mix! Actually, maybe I'll use it as bribery with him--if he's good for the day, he can have a slice :)

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  3. Chocolate & Bananas are delicious together! I recently made a chocolate swirled banana bread and it was so yummy! Now I'm hoping my little girl doesn't eat all the bananas so I can make more.

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  4. Marin... I saw yours and plan to make it next. It looked really good also!

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  5. Chocolate and bananas, a divine combination, I think!

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  6. I love chocolate and I ove to bake with bananas, no brainer this recipe is for me!

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  7. I'm going to make the Double Chocoloate Banana Bread and the Sausage Skillet supper this weekend for my fam. Thanks for sharing these recipes! Yummmm.

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  8. Oh my goodness0 this looks so chocolaty and rich, but delicious!

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  9. That sounds so delicious - my DD26 would luv it! I lost all my recipes when I got my new computer and the program wouldn't load on my new one.

    Happy SITS Day! Enjoy!

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