Well, I’ve come a long way with this site in the past few days. I now own my own domain name and I’m beginning to understand how this whole blog thing works a little bit better. Also, (and more importantly) I have been in baking mode for the past week! I’ve experimented with tons of new recipes and kitchen tools, which is fantastic because now I have a lot of new recipes to roll out for the site!
I wasn’t quite sure what to make after my muffin craze so I decided to ask my boyfriend what he would be most likely to eat. That’s the thing that I’ve discovered about baking, you need to have people willing to eat the final product or else you may find yourself up to your ears in cookies, cakes, and scones!
Back to my boyfriend, he’s a pretty typical boy – meaning that he can eat A LOT and not seem to have it effect him whatsoever! (lucky young men and their superhuman metabolisms!) So I decided he would be the perfect recipient of whatever I would bake. He did not have any problem with that! He told me he loved anything with chocolate in it, but that banana bread was one of his favorites. With that information in mind I decided to combine the two and create a super chocolatey banana bread that he’d be sure to love.
CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, beaten
1 stick butter, melted
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In one bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
3. In a separate bowl stir the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla
4. Carefully fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture until just combined
5. Mix in the chocolate chips
6. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes until the bread has risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
After having one slice, my boyfriend took three quarters of the loaf home with him. I took the rest in to work and people were upset that I didn’t bring more! It was gone within 30 minutes. I had a slice myself and found it quite delicious, It tastes like a mix of a brownie and banana bread. People who love classic banana bread may not like the twist, but those who have a special place for chocolate in their hearts will be sure to love this!