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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Banana Bread anyone?

This recipe came across my inbox a couple of weeks ago and I’ve wanted to try it.  If you have ripe bananas and love chocolate, give this a whirl.  It’s really chocolaty and not sweet at all, but its rich and a dense bread.  If you’re diabetic, you can use a sugar substitute.  Make sure to add extra if you buy unsweetened chocolate instead of the semi-sweet.  This bread is more like cake and would be good with a dollop of whipped cream.


Chocolate Banana Bread

Makes 1 loaf

There's an old saying in baking that the ugliest fruit makes the best desserts, and I completely agree. One man's bruised banana is another man's banana bread. I like to make a loaf of this once a week so I can have a slice with my coffee in the morning or toast a slice for a simple dessert.


·                     1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
·                     2 cups all-purpose flour
·                     3/4 cup sugar
·                     1/4 cup cocoa powder
·                     1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
·                     1 teaspoon kosher salt
·                     4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
·                     2 large eggs
·                     3 very ripe bananas
·                     1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·                     1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)


 Just out of the oven


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
2. In another bowl, cream the butter until lightened, then beat in the chocolate, eggs, bananas and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients just until combined; do not overbeat.
3. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake until a toothpick stuck into the center of the bread comes out almost clean, 50-60 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for at least 15 minutes before unmolding.

 It rose nicely

 Ready to serve


  1. I LOVE banana bread and chocolate! I have two frozen bananas now that I was saving for banana bread. When I get another, I'll make this. Yum!

    1. Chrys,

      It's really delicious, especially if you love chocolate. But the chocolate almost overwhelms the banana flavor.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  2. That does look delicious!! I don't usually bake during summer since its hot, but going to save this for fall/winter :)


    1. Betty,

      I'm not much of a baker either, especially in the summer in the desert. But this looked so good and I love bananas and chocolate so was anxious to try it. I'm glad I did. I guess it was worth heating up the kitchen. :-)

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.


  3. Oooh, this looks good. I haven't baked anything in a while. Almost makes me want to get back to it.

    1. Liz,

      It is yummy if you like chocolate.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.



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