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Chocolate Banana Bread

Comments : 1 Posted in : Baking on by : Sheila Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I don’t like regular banana bread – I will disguise it by making banana muffins or I will add chocolate chips to it or anything, really, rather than make plain banana bread. It has bad connections for me and I find it’s always…wet and heavy. Blech! I do like chocolate, though, and I always seem to have bananas that I can’t finish. Normally, they end up in the freezer for smoothies, but today a bunch of them became chocolate banana bread.

This is banana bread I can get behind. I find it a bit heavy, but with the extra dry ingredient in there, it’s not wet or feeling under cooked. Yippee!

Ingredients (this will make 2 hefty loaves, 3 smaller ones or one loaf and a bunch of muffins):

  • 7 bananas, mashed
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour

I mixed this by hand – it’s a pretty wet batter, so you really don’t need a mixer. The mixer bowl is a good size to use, though. 🙂 Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a bowl, mash the bananas really well. Break in the eggs, along with the oil, both sugars and the vanilla and combine very well.

Add in the cocoa powder, the baking powder & soda, as well as the salt and mix, mix, mix until all of the cocoa powder is incorporated – this seems to take the most time.

Dump in the flour and get it all mixed. I thought I had it, grabbed a spatula to scrape into the pans and found a pocket of flour hiding so used the spatula to mix. Worst part of that is I was using a glass bowl and should have seen the pocket! 🙁

After you get the flour fully incorporated, spray a couple of bread pans (or line with parchment paper) and split the batter between the two.

Bake at 350F for 40 to 60 minutes. Mine took 60 minutes for the toothpicks to come out clean. Start with 40 and test, add on 10 minutes, test again, add on 10 minutes and test again. Mine were pretty large so they did take the longer time and I’m fairly certain my oven element is dying…again….so the heat may not be as high as I think it is.

When done, take them out, flip them out and let them cool…or flip them out and slice off a piece because the chocolate smell has been driving me insane for the past 30 minutes!

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