Somewhere between a cake and a quick bread, this decadent loaf perfectly marries chocolate and bananas!
Reader, I want to apologize for posting my Saturday posts on Sundays. But lately, my Saturdays (and my Mondays through Fridays) seem to be disappearing. The daylight hours–the times I might try to photograph the things I cook–especially seem to be disappearing quickly.
Take yesterday, for example. I spent most of the day working on a project with some fellow AmeriCorps members, and by the time I was finished the sun was close to setting. Not that it makes a huge difference, as my town is notorious for gray skies and rain. And due to poor planning, I had nothing ready to share with you in advance.
However, after the sun set I did get to do some baking. A whole lot. Maybe too much. There may have been a chocolate overload, something I did not know was possible. Some friends came over to finally have a baking and Jane Austen movie night as we had discussed many, many months ago. It turned into a chocolate-fest and board games instead, which is just as acceptable. We made brownie sundaes, Oreo balls, and this banana bread.
This Double Chocolate Banana Bread is rich and almost like a chocolate cake, but the banana flavor still comes through. Plus, it’s studded with chocolate chips and features a hint of cinnamon. And is a great companion to the game Bananagrams, which is maybe the best game ever.
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
from Smitten Kitchen
- 3 medium-large bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used half regular and half Black Onyx by Savory Spice Shop)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
Mix together bananas, melted butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sift in baking soda, salt, cinnamon, flour, and cocoa powder and stir to combine. Add in chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared pan and bake 55 to 65 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 to 15 minutes before removing to serve or cool completely on a wire rack.
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